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Alexander Higgins Blog (British): Cover Up Caught On Camera: 6 Police Officers Taser And Beat Mentally-ill Homeless Man To Death

Cover Up Caught On Camera: 6 Police Officers Taser And Beat Mentally-ill Homeless Man To Death
by Alexander Higgins, July 27, 2011

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There’s a lot of outrageously ugly stuff about this police brutality story that’s not getting attention. Please be advised I have included unpleasant photos and video clips collected on a british blog after the jump, but have no idea what WordPress Vimeo programming will do with them. I have included the first video before the jump, so you will probably be able to see that.

The issue of press coverage/censorship is getting mixed in with the issue of police brutality on this story about violence. 

—rk

Video footage of 6 Fullerton, CA police officers tasering and beating a homeless man to death exposes a cover up that local officials refuse to answer questions about.

Shocking: photo above shows the extent of the injuries Thomas received after being beaten up by six police officers

The photo above shows the injuries sustained by Kelly Thomas, homeless man described as a gentle and mentally-ill  man, who was the victim of a police beating by 6 Fullerton police officers.

Corporate news coverage of the event downplays the prospect of police brutality or foul play in the incident.

ABC video report on the eyewitness statements  and recently a released video of the beating captured by a bystander, both attached to this page below, contradict the official story of the incident given by the police.

The LA Times report on the incident, however, echoes the official police story failing to report within the article itself the  claims from eyewitnesses.

As shown in the ABC video below, witnesses report that the man was not resisting arrest. They tell ABC he was actually knocked unconscious while the police continued to beat him and scream at him to stop resisting.

Watch: ABC News – Man Beat to Death by Fullerton Police Wasn’t Resisting, Says Witness 

A witness describes the police beating given to Kelly Thomas, which resulted in his death. “They kept beating him and beating him and tasering him. I could hear him zzzzt. zzzzt. zzzt. And he wasn’t even moving. He had one arm in front of him like this. He wasn’t resisting. And they kept telling him ‘he’s resisting, he’s resisting. Quit resisting.’ and he wasn’t resisting.

In the video footage of the actually beating, which just released, you can hear the mentally ill man screaming for his dad before he is knocked unconscious and put into a 5 day long coma before he eventually died in the local hospital.
Watch: Police Beating of Kelly Thomas in Fullerton, CA

Kelly Thomas, a homeless man, was beaten into a coma by the Fullerton police during an arrest on July 5, 2011. Kelly died several days later.

In the background you can hear the victim, who was mentally ill, screaming “Dad! Dad! Dad!”

According to a report on The Daily Mail, the Fullerton police department originally claimed that two officers sustained broken bone injuries during the “fight”. The statement was then later retracted saying the officers only suffered “soft-tissue” damage after they were given a demand to provide documentation that officer’s bones were broken during the incident.

Caught on tape: Police beat and taser ‘gentle’ mentally-ill homeless man to death

A shocking video has been released allegedly showing police officers tasering and beating a homeless man to death who they claim was resisting arrest.

Though the video is not clear, eye witnesses say the homeless man – Kelly Thomas, 37 – was unable to put up any resistance and was lying on the ground on his front when the attack took place on July 5.

His screams and cries for his father can be heard amid the tasering noises.

 

Dead: Mentally ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, 37, was beaten and tasered to death by police for allegedly 'resisting arrest'Dead: Mentally ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, 37, was beaten and tasered to death by police for allegedly ‘resisting arrest’

 

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The video was shot by a student in Fullerton, California. Kelly Thomas was beaten so badly he died in hospital several days later.
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Eye witnesses at the scene claim the six officers tasered him five times and beat him beyond recognition, which the disturbing photo of him in hospital shows.

Mark Turgeon, who was there, said: ‘They kept beating him and tasering him. I could hear zapping, and he wasn’t even moving.

‘He had one arm in front of him like this, he wasn’t resisting. And they kept telling him, “He’s resisting, quit resisting”, and he wasn’t resisting.’

Many members of the Fullerton community described Thomas as a passive, peaceful person.

Source: The Daily Mail

But in over three weeks since the incident little has been done as the apparent police cover up has continued.

Local residents report that public officials have stonewalled the public and media who are trying to get an official statement on the story.

The district attorney has so far remained silent on the issue. Bystanders who witnessed the deadly beating claim they have not been contacted by the city for their testimony about the incident.

One citizen reports he was finally able to corner the Mayor into making a statement to the public. In this this YouTube video of the Mayor stated, “You don’t start talkin’ about things if your trying to get the answer.”

As the wall of silence about the alleged police brutality case continues other public officials reportedly refuse to comment on the status of the investigation as well.

Instead, they have only released a document, in response to a public records request, showing that two officers have been suspended without pay. Officials refused to comment on whether the suspended officers were involved in the beating or if the suspensions are even connected with the beating.

The silence from public officials and the lack of charged being filed by the police has caused local activists and protesters to demand that FBI or independent third party from the state take over the investigation.

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