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Police Beating of Californian Mentally Ill and Homeless Man, Kelly Thomas

Back in 2011, Kelly Thomas was another homeless man who lived on the streets of Fullerton, Calif. Like many transients, Thomas had been diagnosed with a mental illness (his being schizophrenia), and had not been treated for some time. On the night of July 5, 2011, officers encountered Thomas after they received a call that someone had been vandalizing cars. They found an uncooperative and shirtless Thomas, at which point six of the officers beat and tased Thomas into submission. In cell phone footage, he is heard yelling, "Dad! Dad!" Thomas died in a hospital that night due to his injuries. An investigation into his death revealed that after Thomas begged for his life, an officer had put on latex gloves and said to him, "Now see my fists? They are getting ready to fuck you up."

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