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Kelly Thomas' Father Says Cops Are Harassing Him

Ron Thomas speaks at a recent Fullerton council meeting. Screengrab from NBC LA video.
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Kelly Thomas' father, Ron Thomas, has been through a horrific ordeal with the death of his son, who can reportedly be heard calling out "Dad! Dad!" in video recordings of his fatal beating at the hands of Fullerton Police.

Now, Thomas is alleging that police in his hometown of Cypress are harassing him as he pursues a case against the cops involved with Kelly's death, reports KTLA.

The details of the reported harassment aren't made clear, but Thomas said in a news conference yesterday that, "I have been harassed by my own city's police department...They have this code of silence in Cypress also and I'm not going to put up with it."

Thomas worked as an Orange County Sheriff's Deputy for six years, and his father and grandfather were also police officers.

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Cypress Police Chief Jackie Gomez-Whitely said that the news came as a shock to her, and that Thomas' claims would be investigated thoroughly.