This video compilation includes footage from the July 5, 2011 beating of Kelly Thomas, comments from the Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, interviews with Kelly's father, Ron Thomas and witness Mark Turgeon, footage from protests and city council meetings, and the song "The Ballad of Kelly Thomas" by Julian Porte.
Kelly Thomas was a schizophrenic homeless man who lived on the streets of Fullerton, California, until he was severely beaten by members of the Fullerton Police Department on July 5, 2011. Thomas was initially taken to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton after the beating, but was transferred to the UC Irvine Medical Center. He was comatose on arrival there and not expected to recover. He never regained consciousness.
Medical records show that bones in his face were broken and he choked on his own blood.The coroner concluded that compression of the thorax made it impossible for Thomas to breathe normally and deprived his brain of oxygen.His parents removed him from life support five days later, and he died from his injuries on July 10, 2011.
Orange County district attorney Tony Rackauckas gave a detailed account of the events during a press conference on September 21, 2011. Using digital audio recording devices carried by the officers, surveillance video from a pole camera at the Fullerton Transportation Center, and other evidence, Rackauckas provided evidence that Thomas did comply with orders from Officer Ramos, who had put on latex gloves and asked Thomas "Now see my fists? They are getting ready to fuck you up."
Rackauckas went on to describe how Thomas begged for his life, before being beaten to death.
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