Investigation of Kelly Thomas Beating by Fullerton Police

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Two Fullerton police officers face criminal charges in last July's beating death of Kelly Thomas, who was homeless and mentally ill. In the aftermath, police officials released a two-year old booking photo of Thomas, looking dirty and disheveled with long, shaggy hair. They also said he had a history of violence, and that two officers had suffered broken bones during the deadly altercation. Neither turned out to be true. Community leaders and local activists accused the police of trying to win sympathy for their accused colleagues, and the City Council hired watchdog attorney Michael Gennaco to conduct an independent investigation. We hear from him and from Thomas' father, Ron, who has been highly critical of the Fullerton police.

Credits

Guests:
Michael Gennaco - Justice Department (formerly), Ron Thomas - father of Kelly Thomas

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Karen Radziner, Sonya Geis, Caitlin Shamberg