This is what a police state looks like. This man had schizophrenia and was living on the streets. His father is a former sheriff's deputy and says his crime was "Contempt Of Cop" which means, if you piss off the police, they just might decide to kill you. There were 6 cops beating him up. He weighed 135 pounds. 6 cops, one mentally ill, 135 lb homeless guy. Do not accept any explanation or excuse from the police for why this is OK. It is not even clear whether this man was the person who brought the police in the first place to investigate a report of someone breaking into cars.
But even if he was, are we to believe that 6 police officers cannot manage to arrest somebody without killing them? Listen to the audio of the beating. Listen to the man screaming for his life, calling for his father. Hear the taser and the screams. 5 times. Sickening.
Update September 21st, 2011 - Officer Manuel Ramos will be charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli will be charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Thank God. Read about it here at http://www.fullertonsfuture.org/, The site that brought this to light. Please note that if it had not been for Fullerton's Future and KFI's John & Ken, and of course Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas' father, this might have been swept under the rug. Thank God the Fullerton DA did the right thing.
Update July 28, 2011 - Only One Person has come forward to give an eyewitness account, according to the witness who spoke earlier today with John & Ken on KFI's John & Ken Show. John & Ken seem to be the only ones who are willing to speak out against this horrific murder (beside the eyewitness and the victim's father.) If you read this, and you do not do something, about it, you will regret it. Do not wait until this happens to somebody you love.