FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — The Fullerton City Council is holding a meeting Tuesday night to discuss possible changes in the police department in the wake of the beating death of transient Kelly Thomas.
The police chief sent out a memo to more than 200 sworn and non-sworn city employees that outlined updates in department policy.READ MORE: LA County Not Closing COVID Vaccine Super Sites Despite Drop In Demand
It’s in response to a final report prepared by Mike Gennaco, a private investigator hired by the city following the death of Thomas, 37, last July.
Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia, was badly injured after a confrontation with police. He died days later.
Two Fullerton officers, Manuel Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, were criminally charged and fired due to the incident.READ MORE: Martin Luther King Jr. Had Strong Relationship With LA During Civil Rights Movement
Gennaco is expected to use the term “Culture of Complacency” within the department, suggesting police should take a fresh look at policies and procedures and not rely on the business-as-usual model.
Other procedural changes expected include officers having to start their digital audio recorders in the car as they respond to a major incident.
The District Attorney used these audio clips in the Kelly case.
Ron Thomas, Kelly’s father, has filed a wrongful death suit against the city.MORE NEWS: Burbank Cancels Outdoor Face Covering Order
“Mike Gennaco will address that a lot of this wouldn’t have been done without my tenacity. They murdered by son. They’re going to have to pay for it in many ways,” he said.