What Happened to Police Oversight in Fullerton?

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by Matt Leslie,
for the Fullerton Rag


Fragment of the Kelly Thomas beating video.

It has now been exactly two months since the Fullerton City Council held a session to study different proposed models of overseeing the troubled Fullerton Police Department. The March 19 session ended with an acknowledgement by Mayor Bruce Whitaker that the council had not allocated sufficient time for the meeting. Since then, nothing has been placed on the council’s agenda, public or closed session, to further consider how to ensure greater accountability and transparency in the FPD.

July will mark the second anniversary of the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man beaten so severly by officers of the Fullerton Police Department that he never regained consciousness and was removed from life support by his family. A civil suit filed by his father, Ron Thomas, has yet to be settled, but a recent settlement in a case of wrongful death against the city of Downey suggests that the people of Fullerton may have a big bill to pay in the future…

In October, 2011 31-year-old Michael Nida was approached by Downey police officers who were seeking a suspect in a nearby armed robbery. For unknown reasons, he bolted from the police, and after a chase… Read more at Fullerton Rag…

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