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Kelly Thomas' Father Speaks Out, Shares Disturbing Image of Son's Beaten Face
Ron Thomas, the father of a homeless man who died after a beating at the hands of Fullerton police officers, spoke out today about the case, and shared a disturbing image of his son Kelly's beaten face.Among the members of the press present was FOX 11 reporter Gigi Graciette, who posted updates during the press conference to her Twitter account. Graciette also posted a snapshot of the photo Thomas shared of his son which shows his face badly injured. Thomas says the photo was taken after the hospital had cleaned up Kelly Thomas.
"[H]ow would any father feel if this was his son?" said Ron Thomas, holding up the photo.
Ron Thomas has already begun the process of filing suit against the Fullerton Police Department. He has alleged since his son's death a few days after the July 5th incident that the six police officers murdered Kelly. The Orange County District Attorney has already said he does not see sufficient evidence those officers "intentionally" took Thomas' life.
Before posting a close up of the photo shared by Ron Thomas this afternoon, Graciette posted this Tweet as a caution: "#KellyThomas' dad believes public has right to know what happened to his son so am going to post pic he showed. WARNING. Its disturbing." We echo those sentiments, so please be warned.
Photo by Gigi Graciette via yfrog