Anti-Police Brutality Protest Set For Today in Fullerton

Residents are planning the biggest protest yet against the Fullerton Police Department today following the early July, gruesome cop killing of Kelly Thomas, an unarmed homeless man.

Last Saturday, a spirited crowd of more than 250 gathered, shouted, and chanted anti-police brutality slogans.

What might fuel a bigger turnout? Well, there's been ever increasing media attention on the scandal and this: A growing sense that the Orange County District Attorney's office will accept police excuses–manufactured, self-serving excuses?–for the six officers who beat and mutilated Thomas' face and head.

Thomas's father, Ron–a former Orange County Sheriff's deputy, has called his son's death “murder.”

Police officials have suggested the officers had good cause to use excessive force.

You can show your support by attending the protest at 237 W.
Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton. The protest is set to begin at 9 a.m.
and go into mid-afternoon.

–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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