FULLERTON (AP) — Fullerton’s acting police chief says his department did a poor job of communicating to the public about the death of a mentally ill homeless man after a confrontation with officers.
Speaking about the Kelly Thomas case, Dan Hughes told the Orange County Register “we blew it.”READ MORE: Biden To Announce COVID Testing Requirement For International Travelers, Insurance Reimbursement For At-Home Tests
Thomas died last July after he was involved in a violent altercation with officers that was captured on cell phone and surveillance cameras.
Hughes said the two officers charged in Thomas’ death got to review a video of the struggle before writing a report of what happened. He said that decision “compromised, or at least damaged, the public’s trust and confidence in the process.”READ MORE: Oprah On Shooting Death Of Jacqueline Avant: ‘Numbed And In Shock’
Hughes recently notified those officers that he intends to fire them.
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