• The GRIM!

    As a retired deputy sheriff from OC this beating was a violation of law! plain abuse and murder!

  • Sabrina Valentine

    Kelly was under the care of the Fullerton police department, so all of his medical bills must be paid by the city of Fullerton. He went to St. Jude because he was in cardiac arrest, and the ER doctor there decided he need a higher level of care at UCIMC. If you remember, Ron Thomas was offered a settlement but he refused the offer, unlike Kelly’s mother. The coroner ruled the cause of death as manual compression of the chest. This will be a difficult case to prove wrongful death, and Kelly had no job, no future earnings, and no dependents, and Ron did not have much of a relationship with his son the last years of his life, so I am not sure how much money his father will be awarded if he wins. Plus, when cases go to court, the attorney fees are 40% of earnings.

    • Paul Hertz

      I will guess a settlement in the $5 million range. Thomas’ lawyer has had wrongful death cases against LA County settled for $24,000,000. Without the DA involved, all kinds of info can come out in a civil trial that embarrasses the city bureaucracies. Thus, they protect those bureaucracies by settling out of court or even during the trial and then as part of the agreement seal the incriminating info as part of a non-disclosure clause in the agreement. Such is life in the O.C.!

  • SoulsAdrift

    “On July 5, 2011 a group of six Fullerton officers took part in the beating of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old mentally ill transient, at the downtown Fullerton bus station parking lot. He died five days later, never regaining consciousness.”

    Why sugarcoat it? They murdered him. It should read:

    “On July 5, 2011 a group of six Fullerton officers murdered Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old mentally ill transient, at the downtown Fullerton bus station parking lot. He was placed on life support for five days, but never regained consciousness.”

    • OCservant_Leader

      Well Said.

      It’s MURDER. The man was alive. Six Fullerton Police Officers showed up. And now he is dead.

  • OCservant_Leader

    “Jury Foreman is a former Asst. DA once supervised by Rackauckas ”

    Are you kidding me??

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  • Debby Bodkin

    Are the feds investigating why Kelly Thomas’ mother was almost immediately paid $1 million to dismiss her lawsuit but Kelly’s father is being forced to litigate the same claims for the loss of his son?

    The patterns continue to repeat themselves in the OC, especially relating to the treatment of a parent when the death and/or abuse of a child are involved in a high profile case. It is much easier to payoff and silence a parent with a gag order/lawsuit settlement than to risk a parent’s public outcry about the death and/or abuse.

    What I could never understand was if Kelly Thomas had not lived with his father for several years, why was he calling for his father during the beating that led to his death? And, why was he initially transported to St. Jude’s Hospital and almost immediately transported again to another hospital while in critical condition? Sounds to me that the more insurance liability policies involved, the more lucrative a damages award and/or lawsuit settlement would produce. Then, to top off the strange circumstances, Rackauckas prosecutes the trial after a 30 year absence from the courtroom, the Jury Foreman is a former Asst. DA once supervised by Rackauckas and the officers are acquitted. Only in the OC!

  • OCservant_Leader

    The OC DA and his incompetant cronyies he surrounds himself (Republican Party operatives) are only good at self-enrichment schemes.

    Prosecuting six police officers for beating to death one unarmed mentally ill man – all on video tape? Couldn’t prove it. Why?

    He made more money…by NOT prosecuting effectively.

    Those six officers paid him more then the victim’s family. It just comes down to math. Who’s side is the DA on? His side. Sorry folks. That’s just the truth in OC.

    My prayers continually go out to Kelly’s family and thier fight for justice. Keep fighting!