No Conclusion Yet In Death Of Homeless Man
August 9, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Prosecutors in California said they are still investigating whether Fullerton police used excessive force against a homeless man suffering from schizophrenia.
Kelly Thomas, 37, died several days after being confronted by six Fullerton officers at a bus depot last month, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said so far he’s seen no evidence suggesting that the officers intentionally tried to kill Thomas.
He said the investigation is in an early stage and his office has yet to receive a cause-of-death determination from the coroner’s office.
His first public comments on the case came as Thomas’ father revealed new details about his son’s injuries.
Ron Thomas said MRI and X-ray results from the hospital that treated his son show he had two forms of severe brain injury, one caused by lack of oxygen and the other by blunt force trauma.
Ron Thomas has called his son’s death a homicide and said he wants the officers involved to go to prison.