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Councilman Alleges Cover-Up in Kelly Thomas Beating (PBS SoCal)

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Uploaded on Oct 19, 2011

Fullerton City Councilman Bruce Whitaker says he now has "every reason to believe" there has been a cover-up within the city's police department in the Kelly Thomas beating case, though he adds he "can't prove it at this point."

In an interview with PBS SoCal scheduled to air Sept. 20, Whitaker said the internal information he has received about the beating has been "extremely misleading" and "might be an intentional misrepresentation."

He added that he suspects much of the inaccurate information was based on "false police reports based on the six officers involved."

"I told the city manager that I'm angry that we've been lied to internally and that I can't rely upon official sources of information. And I said there needs to be a consequence for that," Whitaker told PBS SoCal reporter David Nazar.

The Fullerton Police Department has faced sharp criticism in the aftermath of the July 5 beating of Thomas, a mentally ill, homeless man. Thomas died of his injuries five days after the incident, which involved six officers.

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