FBI Investigates Fullerton Police in Homeless Man Death

Angie Crouch | Jul 30, 2011

A couple hundred protesters showed up at the Fullerton Police Department to protest against the officers to beat a homeless man to death earlier this month.

The FBI confirmed it is reviewing the scuffle between Fullerton police and a 37-year-old Kelly Thomas suspected of possessing stolen goods who later died.

The Fullerton Police have placed one of the officers being investigated on administrative leave and taken the other five offers off street duty.

“There is no way I believe all the good men and women of the Fullerton Police Department are bad,” said Ron Thomas, father of the victim. “This is a group of rogue officers that did this and I encourage the good officers to come forward and report to the DA and FBI what they might know to clean the Fullerton name and clean their names.”

Thomas confirmed to NBCLA that an attorney representing the city offered $900,000 to resolve the civil side of the case.

Thomas first disclosed the potential six-figure deal on the KFI-AM 640 “Jon and Ken Show.” City attorneys have not yet confirmed that a formal offer was extended.

The FBI is looking into whether Kelly Thomas’ civil rights were violated when Fullerton police struggled to arrest him earlier this month, Laura Eimiller of the FBI said.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is also reviewing the circumstances of Thomas’ death to see if any laws were violated. The FBI review will be a parallel investigation, Eimiller said.

“It’s a separate investigation… it’s independent of any other investigation,” Eimiller said.

Eimiller declined to say what triggered the investigation or if anyone requested it. It was unclear how long the investigation would take.

Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/FBI-Investigates-Fullerton-Police-Over-in-Custody-Death–126439953.html

Photo credit: R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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1 Comment for “FBI Investigates Fullerton Police in Homeless Man Death”

  1. RS CLOUGH

    CHECK YOURSELVES INTO JAIL OR GET OUT OF MY AMERICA.. YOU PIGS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES BEATING DOWN AN INNOCENT HOMELESS MAN.. IT IS YOU WHO WILL PAY FOR YOUR IGNORANCE AS THE SAME NEW WORLD ORDER YOU ARE BUILDING TO DESTROY AMERICA WITH YOUR POLICE STATE BRUTALITY WILL COME FOR YOUR FAMILIES….

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