Skip to comments.Caught on tape: Police beat and taser 'gentle' mentally-ill homeless man to death
Posted on 07/28/2011 11:25:52 AM PDT by SmoggerEdited on 07/28/2011 11:47:56 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
A shocking video has been released allegedly showing police officers tasering and beating a homeless man to death who they claim was resisting arrest. Though the video is not clear, eye witnesses say the homeless man - Kelly Thomas, 37 - was unable to put up any resistance and was lying on the ground on his front when the attack took place on July 5. His screams and cries for his father can be heard amid the tasering noises.
Graphic photo at link.
He said he now feels ashamed for having ever been a law enforcement officer.
The video is sickening. Since it's obvious to everyone watching they are killing the guy.
He’s white so there’s no story here, the media will ignore it...
Those no good cs'ers would be looking over their shoulders for the rest of their...lives
Pity the men that would beat my son to death like that. If those cops have kids...
Apparently they’ve run out of dogs to shoot.
Here we go with another, “The cops are all bad and poor man is totally innocent. Let’s get rid of cops.” rant. Please, spare us. The small word, “resisted” is so underplayed here that we know better than to fall for this left-wing (or is it right-wing?) ploy. The previous assault with a deadly weapon charge is also ignored.
What is sickening is that this junk gets an audience.
Maybe they thought he was a dog?
Fullerton, CA. Orange County.
Even if the man were on PCP, there is no reason for him to be beaten like that.
the media DID ignore this. i’ve only seen it in British papers. (sadly, an increasingly common pattern).
as for revenge, it won’t bring his son back.
...but what bothers me, is what about all the times when there’s no video?
(or, the video “disappears”, like from ALL the cameras in COSTCO, when police murdered the West Point grad.)
...you know, like all those other isolated incidents we keep reading about...
Are we living in Iran? I saw the video of this beating and it made me sick. The witnesses were telling them to stop because the victim was not resisting so the thugs threatened them and kept on with the murder. Murdered that young man right in front of alot of witnesses. The officers had no concern about being filmed murdering someone on the street right in front of probably 30-40 witnesses.
It was a racial thing or it would be called that if it were white officers brazenly murdering a black or brown man like that on the street.
This is just heart wrenching. I can’t stand to look at the video. Hard to imagine they’d have to resort to this type of violence to subdue him. Sounds like Las Vegas PD tactics (Erik Scott) being employed in Fullerton.
Thugs hiding behind badges.
the guy is dead, he didn’t take a beating and live. he died.
and you try to justify a killing? wow.
I just thought that we have been warning good police officers that either they stand up for the rule of law and the constitution or they are going to end up victims of what they are allowing to happen. Here’s one. So sad.
Gee if someone has tasered me 5 times and is beating me to death...yeah I might just resist and try and get away.
Wholly sh8t...you see those pictures...that is not use of force to subdue.
They didn’t beat him into an inch of his death. They beat him to his death.
Ahh so you’re ok with 6 cops beating a man to death. I can see you’re all about freedom and what this country stands for.
There are still agencies out there that are not training their officers to deal with the mentally ill as it appears this man was.
There are also agencies who are not training their officers to work in two officer teams to affect a proper taser takedown. This entails the second officer to move into position and start the handcuffing as soon as the charge is over or even while it’s going on. It’s tricky though, you get your hands between those probes and you are going to get shocked yourself.
One problem with Tasers is that when the juice is off, it’s off and the fight is back on. And when you are dealing with someone who is mentally ill, they will fight until they collapse and they will not listen to commands to stop fighting.
One of the worst resistings I had was with an autistic teenager, and that was before tasers. He fought throught OC and was throwing two hundred pound officers off him like it was nothing. Took eight officers to finally hold him down. He was about 5’9 and 160 lbs.
I strongly suspect this guy punched some of the officers during the arrest...
I won’t watch the video but I trust everyone I’ve heard or read discussing it. As the father, who ironically used to teach cops take-down techniques for perps, said, 6 or more big officers with all those weapons and accoutrements at their disposal should have been able to take down one schizophrenic 135 lb guy without beating him to death.
This was unjustified gross violence, basically murder.
This is beginning to look more and more like A Clockwork Orange where Alex's fellow gang members became police officers in the end.
Maybe for these cases they need tranq darts or something.
pul-leeze. did you look at the video?
if 5 guys (FIVE!) couldn’t handle a skinny “resister”,
then we need to hire guys who can.
and my Dad served honorably with the Mesa P.D.
and he, and many good cops around the country,
would be the FIRST to condemn this.
any GOOD organization, polices their OWN.
once you start covering up for criminal conduct...
(2 of those COSTCO police got awarded for killing that West Point grad !)
...and what was the deadly weapon from before?
a TSA nail clipper?
No, it wasn't. Neither was the visable facts that the man had long since been subdued, but the beating continued.
Ah, there is a good reason for the police to kill him! < /sarcasm>
Uh...that would be a grand mal seizure?
The cops, of course, will respond with 78 shots into the crowd in the direction they think the shots came from.
No amount of lying scenarios the cops come up with, can justify this. This guy was murdered.
It’s amazing how much of science fiction has become and is continuing to become a reality in this country and the rest of the West.
I have to wonder why this schizo wasn’t locked up in the first place to prevent this from happening?
Something tells me your support for police britality is not going to be too popular here.
PS - If you do not think this incident WAS a case of police brutality then please take the time to explain exactly what six heavily armed officers would have to do to an unarmed man in order to have their actions qualify as brutality.
That is exactly what I thought as I read this story and viewed the video.
They cut the funding and we don't do that to the mentally ill anymore unless they are a danger to themselves or society. By all accounts from the article this man was not.
Not all cops are bad, just most of them.
When 5 or 6 cops are on top of 1 man (135ish pounds), there CAN’T be any resisting. There is NO excuse for tasering a person one time, much less 5 or more.
The 16 year old charge. Yeah. I’m gonna ignore it. I am also gonna say that I have seen and participated in restraining unarmed people that were drunk/belligerent/mad etc. with less then 6 people without killing the guy or beating them so bad that their face looks like it went through a meat grinder, and none of us were cops.
murder. no more. certainly no less.
>>Here we go with another, The cops are all bad and poor man is totally innocent. Lets get rid of cops. rant. Please, spare us. The small word, resisted is so underplayed here that we know better than to fall for this left-wing (or is it right-wing?) ploy. The previous assault with a deadly weapon charge is also ignored.<<
Is it just me or did you not see the words “mentally-ill”. I know that “resisting” is a charge that is placed on anyone who doesn’t immediately do as ordered. The “deadly weapon charge” makes me think of the man in Seattle who, deaf in one ear, was carving on a stick with a pocket knife and a local officer shot to death for not obeying his command.
I have no idea what meds these cops were on but you guys need to quit using drugs or whatever your problem is.
By the way, resisting to me is when someone is stomping your butt into a mudhole, not ignoring you.
I usually find myself on the side of the cops, but in this case there is no justification for what was done to this guy. How you can say what you have is astoundingly callous.
No, let's not get rid of all the cops, just the those involved here who beat a guy to death in public. These guys deserve murder charges.
99.9% of the cops I know are overpaid psychos.
Oh...it's okay. The boys in blue showed another punk who's boss.
Now you keep those boots polished real nice!
Did the officers beat him until his face looked like the picture posted above? Did they kill him?
I only wonder why the first cop on scene didn’t just save the others some energy and just shoot him on sight. It wouldn’t be the first time a cop did that.
I watched the video...
I don’t know if I could have just stood there.
And I feel for the witnesses that did stand there and did nothing...to later find out this man died.
Because liberals have made involuntary commitment to mental hospitals nearly impossible.
Have you quit getting off to ‘snuff’ videos, yet?
You’re reprehensible to be defending this.
Nothing this guy did, or had done in the past, rises to the level to were these scum were justified in using deadly force.
Every damned one of those cops should ride the lightning on a one-way ticket to eternal flaming Hell.
Something. Believe me, if there was tech out there that officers could use that would instantly incapacitate a resistive person without the pain and it kept them in that state until properly restrained, I would buy stock in it.
Taser is not teaching it’s instructors who in turn teach all other officers, to keep tasering over and over again to gain compliance.
I can understand why they didn’t intervene. Had they challenged the cops, the Blue Wall would come down around them for the rest of their lives and they would have to get out of town. Mind you, had I been in their shoes and watched that kind of behaviour from the local police, I’d move away anyway.
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