Fullerton County, CA officers were found NOT GUILTY in the Kelly Thomas beating death. LA Times reports: "An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty. Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left him comatose. He died five days later." Mentally ill people in America apparently have no protected right to life.
The Kelly Thomas verdict was discussed on January 13, 2014, on the "Human Rights for Prisoners March" radio show at 9pm Pacific - call-in (818)572.2947. Listen on your PC
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2014/01/14/human-rights-for-prisoners-march The tape will be archived at BlogTalkRadio. Kelly Thomas's beating is recorded on this RT video, embedded below: http://youtu.be/yn8CE5ISUSw
We at Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill stand for equal justice for ALL, including the mentally ill. There are no disposable people. Kelly Thomas was a human being. He had the right to life. We implore the U.S. Government to do as it did when police officers who beat Rodney King were released after a not guilty jury verdict although it was clear on the film that police officers abused their power. Kelly Thomas's murder was a HATE CRIME perpetuated because he was mentally ill and homeless. Justice for his death obviously requires federal intervention.
Hate crime is a category used to describe bias-motivated violence: "assault, injury, and murder on the basis of certain personal characteristics: different appearance, different color, different nationality, different language, different religion." (Wikipedia)
The definition of "citizen" is as follows: "One who through birth or naturalization owes loyalty to a country and is entitled to protection by the country." Mentally ill people of all races and ages in the United States must be protected. Assaults and murders against them must not go unpunished. We hereby request federal action against the police officers who killed Kelly Thomas. The video posted by Russian Times embedded below is called "Police beat a mentally ill homeless man to death." How a jury could look at this video and come to any other conclusion is beyond comprehension.
Please demand federal action for Kelly Thomas in response to the police officers' hate crime against this mentally ill, homeless man. A federal action that results in a guilty verdict might help bring closure to Thomas's family and save other mentally ill people in the United States.
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