The cops had run ins with him before. They knew he was dangerous. Part of the evidence in the trial that no one mentions here. They knew he was stealing from cars in the are. He had been caught before. He started it when he did not comply with the officers request. The officer needed to make sure he was safe from this crazy person and made a lawful request to protect his own safety. Thomas should have complied. He did not. His refusal escalated the situation.
Also, the actual beating can not be seen on the video. It took place along the curb near some bushes. The “eyewitnesses” were not close enough to make those observations that he wasn’t moving before they jumped on him. That is supposition and the jury apparently didn’t buy that if any eyewitness actually testified to that. No one can see it in the video ether. No to mention, he was screaming for help at the time indicating he was still resisting, which he was. The jury heard the evidence and made the decision based on evidence presented which is much more reliable than the kneejerk reactions here NOT based on evidence presented at trial. Thomas was a very dangerous crazy person. I am not trying to defend the cops. They MAY have had some other options but to assume the cops were just killers and Thomas was some angelic passerby is not what happened there. Cops will hit you until you comply with their lawful order to protect their own safety. They don’t know if he has a weapon or what other dangers he might pose.
Im sick of the he didnt comply bs!! He was mentally ill with schizophrenia and who knows if he was intellectually disabled. These cops are yelling commands at him and beating him?!? What makes you think he understood? He doesnt have the mental capacity of other people so stop making assumptions like he knew wtf was going on. I have a child that is disabled snd her mentality is that of a child...she is 19. She needs constant care and supervision. What happened to Kelly broke my heart and to hear him calling for his dad is too much to bear. May the Lord step in and help his family because the human race has failed in this case.
Saxamonium is clearly a sheeple. I am sorry you are able to vote along with the welfare queens and losers of society.
u are so mindless i can't even explain to u the video clearly shows the cops prevoking the whole escalation duhhh another brain wash just keep thinking that way then when u or someone u know gets the treatment then u might get it butt I truly doubt it
The guy was sitting on a bench minding his own business when an arrogant fat ass cop approached in a very aggressive manner and started dropping the eff bomb. Way to go asshat.
January 14, 2014 at 4:17pm
Thomas didn’t die from blows to the head or face. He died because 3 guys were sitting on him trying to get him under control. All he had to do was say I give up. That simple. I give up. Instead he fought to the death and everyone blames the cops. Suicide by cop by a crazy person on drugs. I didn’t see the trial but Thomas has some responsibility in this case. He was in control of his own destiny. He made choices. Heck, even his own family couldn’t control the guy. The jury heard the evidence which is more than I did. Cops are in a dangerous position. Don’t mess with them. Comply with legal orders. They want to see their families too. Thomas was no angel being attacked by evil.
January 14, 2014 at 3:17pm
Never say never.
January 14, 2014 at 2:40pm
You want to start a fight with cops, you might not live to regret your decision. They fight with the dregs of society all day. Here’s an idea. Respectfully comply. They may not know who you are or what you are capable of and they want to go home and see their families that night too. I did not follow the trial but it appeared Thomas was a ticking time bomb. He had violent altercations with his own family and they kicked him to the curb so the rest of society had to deal with his violent behavior. Sorry, I have no sympathy for him even if the cops were wrong and should have been convicted.
The cops are the ticking time bomb...at any moment they will kill the nearest unarmed citizen.
Cops never attempt to diffuse a situation, by moving back and letting someone calm down.
They only know attack and kill.
January 14, 2014 at 12:38pm
This wasn’t started by the cops. Kelly Thomas was a danger to himself and everyone around him including the cops. He was a thief and a violent individual that was out of control. He escalated the confrontation. The cops don’t have to put themselves in danger. They gave him legal orders which he ignored. Thomas put himself in that situation. He is not blameless.
January 14, 2014 at 12:31pm
The jury was all cops?
January 3, 2014 at 5:28pm
Blest, the “kid” broke the law when he “worked” here. It was illegal for him to work in the US. The fault for that lies with his parents but the fact is the same. He broke the law but can pass the ethics and legal requirements to become a lawyer? Not hardly, not to mention that he still can’t work here. Is his plan to continue to break the law? Can we all chose which laws we are subject to and which we are not?
January 3, 2014 at 5:23pm
Return that victim to his family in the country he was abducted from . Right Elian?
He broke no law? The story says he “worked” as a paralegal. That would be illegal which also violates the ethics responsibility for becoming a licensed lawyer in California. So I guess ethics are just for suckers.
January 3, 2014 at 5:18pm
Zorro, Lack of planning on his part does not constitute an emergency on my part. If he found it acceptable to leave his home country and illegally do something in my country, I can find it acceptable that he go back there and apply even if he doesn’t speak their language. He probably didn’t speak English when the decision was made to come here. And if others did that to him, then they are responsible for any hardship he endures, not me.
January 3, 2014 at 5:02pm
Her body doesn’t appear to have had a lack of food. Her brain still shows a lack of remorse or did I miss that part in the story?
December 30, 2013 at 8:40pm
I saw that too. Girls in pink, Boys in blue. Is North West already known to be gay?
December 30, 2013 at 8:31pm
Because every Democrat backs Obama on this and considers it a Republican witch hunt and a phony scandal. They are blocking every attempt to get answers. I would add they are doing this because they want their side to “win”. They would sacrifice learning about Benghazi to win politically. Yes, it is sad that winning is more important to them than truth.
December 26, 2013 at 8:27pm
Ryan cuts this deal because he thinks that is the right approach. He gets that from other RINOS and his own constituents. If he heard from those people not to do that, he may have come to a different choice. Apparently, he doesn’t hear it enough to overcome what he hears form Boehner and company.
December 26, 2013 at 8:19pm
How much is free advertising from CNN, AC, NBC, and CBS worth?
December 26, 2013 at 8:16pm
What a stupid thing to say. Then followed by more stupidity. Anarchy is not a viable form of government.
December 26, 2013 at 8:03pm
The most disgusting part is they want to take money from our veterans but still want money to fund illegals. Sickening indeed. Traitorous.
It has come down to this: you are either a Tea Party Patriot or you are a TRAITOR to this Republic.
makes me wanna hurl
December 26, 2013 at 6:33pm
Snowden has given information that has and/or will lead to the deaths of people involved in those secrets. This is not a game for an individual like Snowden to take upon himself the role of judge jury and executioner. He has no idea what he did and continues to do. Now he is just covering his behind while others die. He had other choices.
December 26, 2013 at 5:57pm
Yet Snowden, the great purveyor of privacy, spied on governments and then publically released all their private information. Yet we didn’t see Al Qaeda’s private stuff, or Iran, or China, or any number of other governments whose privacy is retained. Don’t buy so easily into Snowden’s snow job.
October 24, 2013 at 2:45pm
Maybe that’s why they came home early. To check on them.