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Police under pressure over homeless death
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:54PM GMT|
Police in the city of Fullerton, California is the target of international outrage after a mentally ill homeless man died following a violent fight with six police officers that was captured on camera.
In the video, 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia, can be heard crying out for his father over the zapping sound of a stun gun. Washington Post
A couple of hundred demonstrators gathered in front of the Fullerton police station on Saturday, Aug. 20, to mourn and protest the death of Kelly Thomas. Theepochtimes
Many at the protest said that the rallies and marches will continue until further action is done by the city council and police department. Fchornet
Thomas suffered from a mental illness and may not have understood what police were telling him to do, according to reports. His father was a retired Orange County sheriff. Theepochtimes
Thomas, 37, died on July 10, five days after being beaten with electric walking sticks, flashlights, leather and chains, as well as kicking by six police officers who were part of a police patrol in the town of Fullerton, California. Topix
Thomas, who had a history of mental illness, was unarmed at the time of the reported attack. He died five days later after he was taken off life support by his father. Fchornet
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In a video of the fight, 37-year-old Thomas can be heard crying out for his father over the sound of a stun gun. Scpr.org
The district attorney has additional video of the incident from city surveillance cameras but authorities have not released it - or the officers' names - citing the ongoing investigation. Washington Post
Amnesty International has published a report highlighting police brutality across America. The report reads: "Police brutality and use of excessive force has been one of the central themes of Amnesty International's campaign on human rights violations in the USA". Amnesty
In its "United States of America: Rights for All Index," it documented systematic patterns of abuse across America, including "police beatings, unjustified shootings and the use of dangerous restraint techniques to subdue suspects." Amnesty
In early 2010, Injustice Everywhere (IE) published a report on police misconduct across the U.S. which stated one of every 266 officers is accused of a violent crime; one of every 1,875 is charged with homicide; one of every 947 is accused of sexual assault.
Injustice Everywhere also stated that among the 4,778 alleged victims, 258 fatalities were reported. That's one death for every 96 minutes.