Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old homeless man (whom his Dr’s say was mentally slow, and had the mind of an 11 year old), was beaten to death in Fullerton, California by police officers who felt they were above the law. They are now on trial. Kelly was tasered, beaten with batons, punched and kneed repeatedly, and was even hit in the face with the end of a Taser. After the beating, you can hear Kelly in the video slowly dying as his desperate screams for his father trail off into groans of ‘Daddy’ and then stop altogether as he loses consciousness. It’s important to note that the paramedics treated the officers before tending to Kelly, as he laid in a pool of his own blood. Video: http://youtu.be/wYQ5nqPQ_gE Full Video: http://youtu.be/e6yaeD-E_MY In the video you see Ramos approach Kelly, “It seems like every day, we have to talk to you about something. Do you enjoy it?” Within minutes, Ramos snaps on latex gloves, holding his fists in front of Kelly’s face, taunting him, “See my fists? They are getting ready to fuck you up!” Kelly stands up and pulls away while Ramos then tackles him, punching and kneeing him in the ribs as he pins him down for the other officers like a blood-thirsty hyena. Manuel Ramos, who pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Jay Cicinelli, who pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force (Both are free on bail), and Joseph Wolfe, who will be tried separately on charges of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force are the three officers being tried. Three other officers, Officer Kenton Hampton, Sergeant Kevin Craig and Corporal James Blatney, were not charged. Justice For Kelly: https://www.facebook.com/Justice4KellyThomas Read More: http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/08/replay-fullerton-cops-go-on-trial-for-ki
And the police are suppose to protect us? Really? After seeing this, this just disgusted me
No I’m sorry but these officers were bad people. But most police officers are awesome!
I wish hell existed.
How does that thought (yesjohnrodack) even enter your fucking mind after reading this? I’m sitting here ready to fucking vomit like any normal human being and you have the fucking gall to literally exclaim that not all cops are bad? What are you?
He called out for his father as he is brutally beaten to death.
Just remember that.
He cried for his daddy while he was being brutally murdered by the police.
I have a number of problems with “there are good cops”. It’s bypassing the fundamental problem. Cops have a lot of authority and little accountability. The number of cases of excessive force that never go to trial is staggering.
I know there are good people that become cops, I know this because I know some cops. But they aren’t good cops just because they are good people.
I say this because in the brotherhood of being a cop being a member of internal affairs in order to see that more cases like this are prosecuted is considered a greater crime than actually beating someone to death.
For every 1 cop that uses excessive force there might be five that wouldn’t but there is less than one that is willing to say “no if you hit someone you should not only lose your badge you should go to jail”.
Cops claim that they should be held to a higher standard but any attempts to do so is met with extreme backlash from the police force.
You also forget that good people are easy to corrupt. You might know a good person that signed up for the force, hell your best friend that never hurt a fly might be one of them. Given enough time with that much authority, pressure, little accountability, and knowledge that if you cross the line your buddies will have your back your buddy that never hurt a fly might beat someone to death, or shoot an unarmed suspect.
You aren’t a good cop just because you’ve never used excessive force. You are just a better one.
The only good cops are the ones that have not only never used excessive force but are actively trying to change the way things are done.
There are a lot of better cops but there are very few good cops. And many of the good cops that do go to internal affairs, that do want to see cases prosecuted, that try to change the way things are done are chased out or change their minds give enough time.
I appreciate what a hard job cops have, don’t get me wrong. I get that pressure makes people snap. What I don’t get is why when we look at cases like this people say “not all cops are like that” instead of saying “maybe we should change the system”. Maybe we should pay better to make sure more good people sign up for the force. Maybe we should make sure consequences for excessive force are common place instead of just a rare occurrence. Maybe we should make sure cops aren’t working so much that they feel that much pressure.
There are good cops is not the right response. This is completely wrong and it’s just another sign that our system is fucked.