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The Los Angeles Office of Independent Review Board released their report to the city council and the citizens of Fullerton last night. Ron Thomas, the father of Kelly Thomas only argued with a few things about the report. Namely, that he believed that all six officers were culpable in his sons death and all six needed to be terminated. The 53 page report presented by Michael Gennaco seemed to cover some very important points which included the lack of action by then Fullerton Police Chief Mike Sellers after the events and death of Kelly Thomas.
In the meantime, the two officers facing involuntary manslaughter charges have their attorney asking for dismissal of the case based on “their facts” which “they say” indicates that Kelly was not responding to their lawful and reasonable questions or demands at the time of the incident. Ramos and Cicinelli are still awaiting a trial date for the various charges they face.
The LAOIRB Report covered a great deal of ground. They said there was no cover-up by the Fullerton Police Department, yet faulted Supervisors and the Chief for not dealing with the issues “almost immediately”. It also faulted the DA’s office for not getting involved quicker. What seems to be missing was any action by the City Council or lack of leadership in that regard. The comments of the Mayor at the time seemed overlooked as well as the Recall and Public outrage that was forthcoming within a month of the July 5th, 2011 incident. We wonder whether the Cash Settlement offers – one that was accepted by the mother of Kelly Thomas and another that was not accepted by the father – Ron Thomas; became part of the report.
The Gennaco Report seems worthy as a great starting point for change and re-organization of city policies and procedures wherein supposedly 34 of the 59 suggested changes to Fullerton Police Department Policies have already been implemented. It is good to see change come quickly. The current temporary leadership of the Fullerton Police Department seems to be responding to the desires of the Board and the public. The ultimate leadership changes for the PD may still be necessary to resestablish belief in the system and the certainty that Fullerton has a truly professional department and standards.
We are looking forward to seeing the full text of the Report and the responses from the public, various activist groups, the OC D.A.’s Office, the Fullerton Police Department and the City Council of Fullerton.