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.”

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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.”

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Hughes recently notified those officers that he intends to fire them.

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