OC Councilman Seeks Kelly Thomas Death Video

FULLERTON (AP) — The Fullerton City Council will consider a request by one of its members to allow the review of video apparently showing police confronting a mentally ill homeless man who later died.

The Orange County Register says Councilman Bruce Whitaker has asked that members have the chance to see security-camera footage that was turned over as evidence in the death of Kelly Thomas.

Prosecutors are refusing to release the video. A district attorney’s spokesperson tells the Register the case is too early in the investigation for it to be released.

Whitaker says he plans to ask fellow members to take a vote on whether they want to see the footage. The council will take up the request Tuesday.

Thomas, an unarmed homeless man, died after a July 5 confrontation with six Fullerton police officers.

Two officers face charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death.

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