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Fed Charges Eyed After Police Cleared In Homeless Man's Death

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

Federal investigators may reenter the case of Kelly Thomas, 37, a mentally ill homeless man, who died following a violent 2011 videotaped confrontation with police, after two former Fullerton, CA officers were acquitted on all state charges late Monday.

Former Police Officers Acquitted In Death Of Homeless Man

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 03.15.2014 | Crime

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two former California police officers were acquitted in the death of a homeless man who died five days after a violent, vid...

Cops Who Beat Homeless Man Claim He Died Of A Drug-Damaged Heart

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A 37-year-old California homeless man's death after a violent confrontation with police drew attention largely because of s...

The Fullerton Police Saga: From Reality TV to Reality?

John Mirisch | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

After the upheaval in Fullerton resulting from the sickening and senseless brutalization of Kelly Thomas, the residents of Fullerton deserve justice as a way of life.

The Beginning Of The End For Officer Involved In Kelly Thomas Beating?

AP | Posted 07.11.2012 | Los Angeles

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Police say a Southern California officer charged with murder in the death of a mentally ill homeless man is no longer working for...

Standing Up for the Late Kelly Thomas, Homeless Schizophrenic

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Robert David Jaffee

Since when do we need six policemen to arrest and beat a mentally ill homeless man, who was not armed and who had a reputation as a peaceful presence on the streets of Fullerton?

The Murder Of Kelly Thomas And The Effort To Bring His Murderers To Justice

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 12.29.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Those who call the street home are mostly ignored as if they do not exist. From time to time a passerby will show compassion, offering food, money, a kind word. Yet, most of us find ways to harden our hearts to their plight.

Officers Charged, But It's A Steep Road To Conviction

Posted 11.22.2011 | Los Angeles

By THOMAS WATKINS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A suspect pulls on a pair of rubber gloves, tells a mentally ill homeless man he's about to...

Why Does Homelessness Stir Such Anger?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 11.14.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Thirty years ago, the response to homelessness was compassion. Shelters and programs were started by community members that really wanted to help their economically displaced neighbors. Today, compassion fatigue is evolving into anger.

Is Fullerton Obligated To Release The Names Of The Cops Involved?

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 10.26.2011 | Los Angeles

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The refusal of police to release the names of six officers involved in a violent confrontation with a mentally ill homeless ...

DA Protects Fullerton Cops In Homeless Man Beating

AP | Posted 10.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors declined to release the names of six Fullerton police officers involved in a violent fight that left a mentally...

Entire City Of Fullerton Scrutinized After Alleged Police Brutality

AP | By GILLIAN FLACCUS and GREG RISLING | Posted 10.22.2011 | Los Angeles

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Until last month, the most pressing issues in this quiet Southern California suburb were whether to build homes on rolling hills ...

WATCH: Fullerton Police Involved in ANOTHER Brutality Case

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.19.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES By GREG RISLING (Associated Press) -- The legal problems facing an embattled Orange County police agency mounted Friday after an attorney...

Fullerton Hires Special Examiner To Investigate Death

AP | Posted 10.17.2011 | Los Angeles

FULLERTON, Calif. — The mayor of a California city where residents are outraged over the death of a mentally ill homeless man following a police...

The Journey to Fullerton: Standing by Ron Thomas

John Mirisch | Posted 10.16.2011 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Kelly Thomas's beating death is hardly a case of nuances. It's clear that Kelly Thomas's death should never have happened. I feel confident in saying that it couldn't, wouldn't happen in my town.

WATCH: 'Anonymous' Hackers Threaten Fullerton Police Department

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.15.2011 | Los Angeles

Self-proclaimed "Anonymous" hackers have just released a video threatening the Fullerton Police department with a site-wide shutdown if certain demand...

Police Officers and Homeless Persons Both Risk Death

Joel John Roberts | Posted 10.15.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Clearly, patrolling the streets of America is no easy profession. When an officer pulls over a car or responds to a domestic violence call, she or he never knows what might happen. The fear of death is constant.

WATCH: More Excessive Force From The Fullerton Police

AP | By AMY TAXIN and GREG RISLING | Posted 10.12.2011 | Los Angeles

UPDATE: Ron Thomas, the father of deceased homeless man Kelly Thomas, has uncovered another video showing more Fullerton police officers aggressively ...

Fullerton Police Chief Placed On Medical Leave

AP | Posted 10.10.2011 | Los Angeles

FULLERTON, Calif. — A Southern California police chief who has come under fire since the death of a homeless man who had a violent confrontation...

WATCH: District Attorney Sees No Evidence Of 'Intentional Killing'

AP | Posted 10.08.2011 | Los Angeles

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California prosecutor said he hasn't seen evidence suggesting police tried to kill a homeless schizophrenic man who died a...

WATCH: Outraged Father Speaks Out About Son's Death

AP | By GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 10.04.2011 | Los Angeles

FULLERTON, Calif. -- In the nearly two decades since his son descended into madness, Ron Thomas has worried every day that the schizophrenic 37-year-o...

When The Mental Health System Fails, Police Step In

DJ Jaffe | Posted 10.04.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

In California, it is playing out with relentless familiarity: the death of Kelly Thomas at the hands of Fullerton police has led to the usual criticisms of the police and calls for better training and more compassion.

WATCH: Shocking Eye Witness Accounts Of Homeless Man Beating

Posted 10.02.2011 | Los Angeles

New video has emerged of eye witnesses recounting the July 5th beating of homeless man Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, California. Friends of Fullerton obt...

Medicinal Marijuana on Trial

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

There is a precedent setting case about medicinal marijuana and a state's right to allow it now playing out in California with surprisingly little media attention. Here's the scoop.