Members of the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition rally to protest the acquittal of two former Fullerton, Calif., police officers in the death of homeless man Kelly Thomas, at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. The district attorney who charged two California police officers with the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man said surveillance video of the struggle provided clear evidence of wrongdoing. But in the end, the footage wasn't enough and may have helped defense lawyers win the case, legal experts said.
Update 12:26 p.m.: Video of altercation between camerawoman, protester surfaces
Police have upped the number of protesters arrested in yesterday's protest over the verdict in the Kelly Thomas trial to 13. Two were charged with vandalism, one with assault and at least seven who didn't leave after police issued a dispersal order.
KCAL released video Sunday of a pushing match between a protester and CBS video camerawoman that led to the protester being taken into custody. You can see that video here:
Kelly's father responded to the reports of aggressive protesting, telling the station the actions of a few "opportunists" shouldn't color the whole of the protests.
“There are some radical groups out here, I would say that an opportunist. It’s not indicative of who Kelly’s Army is, or what we’re trying to get across.”
- KPCC staff
Update 10:52 a.m.: At least 10 arrested in Fullerton after protest
At least 10 demonstrators were arrested on Saturday in Fullerton, Calif., after a protest over two officers acquitted in the death of a homeless man turned violent.
The Los Angeles Times reports that most of the arrests came after a television news videographer was attacked and police issued an order ending the rally. The paper adds:
"The woman who struck the videographer was arrested on suspicion of assault and two other protesters were arrested earlier in the day for vandalism, [Sgt. Jeff Stuart] said. After the reporter was attacked and the dispersal order was issued, seven more people were arrested for refusing to leave, he said.
"'We have bent over backward today to allow them to protest, hoping to keep it peaceful,' Stuart said."
The case of Kelly Thomas has spurred emotional reactions from many camps. As the AP explains, 37-year-old Thomas died five days after a confrontation with six officers in July of 2011.
"A surveillance camera captured him screaming for his father and begging for air as the police kneed him, jolted him with an electric stun gun and used the blunt end to strike him around the face and head," the AP adds.
Two officers in that videotape were charged in his death, but, earlier this month, both of the them were acquitted.
The Los Angeles Times reports that protesters in Fullerton demanded justice for Thomas.
"We did lose this battle," 22-year-old Julie McDonnell told the paper. "But we're not going to stop fighting for change in Fullerton and across the country."
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the camerawoman involved in an assault with a protester was from ABC7. She was working for KCAL/CBS.