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'They Killed Him': New Video Shows Eyewitness Accounts of Police Beating Homeless Man

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New surveillance video has been released in connection with the fatal beating of a 37-year-old homeless man in Fullerton, reports KTLA.

The video was taken by a bus security camera. In it, eyewitnesses describe the attack by Fullerton police on Kelly Thomas, who suffers from schizophrenia, to the bus driver.

A woman says that: "The cops are kicking this poor guy over there, all these cops...they were pulling his hair, kicking the shit out of him...he's all full of blood...they electrocuted him."

Another man who gets on the bus tells the driver: "They killed him...I'm telling you, the homeless guy was just chillin', and the cop cars came, two cops...they tried getting him but he just ran off...they caught him, pound his face against the curb...they beat him up...two other cops came, and tased him six times...they beat him up, then all the cops came and they hog tied him, and he was like, 'please god, please dad!'"

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Thomas' attack, which reportedly involved six officers, came after officials received information that a man was trying to break into cars in the area. Seeing that Thomas fit the description, six officers allegedly chased him, then caught him and beat him, saying later that he was resisting arrest.

The incident took place on July 6, and Thomas was taken off life support and died four days later.