FULLERTON (CBS) — The father of a mentally-ill homeless man who died in a confrontation with Fullerton police officers hopes this weekend will be quieter than it has been over the last few months.
KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports Ron Thomas wants “Kelly’s Army” to take a break from their weekly protests now that the case is headed for court.
Since June, residents outraged by the death of Kelly Thomas have been shouting, honking and marching in front of police headquarters every Saturday morning.
And now that two officers are awaiting trial on charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter, Ron Thomas says it’s time for the protesters to “take a break”.
“It doesn’t make any sense to be out there,” he said. “Who are we yelling at and what are we yelling at them for?”
Thomas said until completion of an independent investigation, the department can make no decision about four other officers who are not facing criminal charges.
But despite his calls to stand down, Thomas did acknowledge the unwavering support demonstrators have shown since his son’s death.
“The protesters have just given us their summer completely, they’ve done so much,” he said. “They need to enjoy weekends with their families and then, when it comes time, we’ll regroup.”