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Family Expected To File Suit Over Homeless Man’s Deadly Arrest

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FULLERTON (CBS) — The family of a man who died after a violent arrest is expected to file a lawsuit against the city of Fullerton.

Kelly Thomas, 37, suffered from schizophrenia. He died five days after suffering severe neck and head injuries when he was arrested on July 5.

Thomas’ family filed a claim Thursday that alleges conspiracy, negligence, violation of civil rights and unlawful customs and practice.

No charges have been filed against the six officers who have been placed on leave.

Meanwhile, Fullerton’s police chief, Michael Sellers, has been placed on paid medical leave.

Captain Kevin Hamilton, the department’s investigations commander, is now acting as chief.

The Fullerton City Council met behind closed doors Friday morning as part of a session to determine if they will hire an independent consultant to conduct an investigation into Thomas’ death.

Meanwhile, Fullerton residents are angry, with at least one person claiming they have filed an intent to recall Mayor Richard Jones and two city councilmembers.

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