Photo by Friends for Fullerton
Kelly Thomas in downtown Fullerton.
An independent investigator says there is no evidence that the Fullerton police department tried to deceive the public in the days following the 2011 beating death of homeless man Kelly Thomas. Michael Gennaco, chief attorney for the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review, gave his first report yesterday to the Fullerton City Council and a crowd of people carrying signs that read “Justice for Kelly.” The preliminary report says police need to update their policies governing the release of certain types of information, including booking photos.
Kelly Thomas is the homeless man who was badly beaten by Fullerton cops last summer and died five days later. The beating was caught on video and the officers involved recorded audio of the altercation. Two of the officers are up on criminal charges, the Fullerton Chief of Police has since retired, and some of the Fullerton City Council could face recalls. Gennaco’s initial findings didn’t delve into the details of the confrontation itself. He is expected give a second report in March.
Michael Gennaco, Chief Attorney, Los Angeles County's Office of Independent Review