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Graphic Video: Police Beat Mentally Ill Man Kelly Thomas, Who Dies Later

| by Michael Allen

In Fullerton, CA, a video (below) of a brutal police assault on a mentally ill homeless man,  Kelly Thomas, who died last July, was finally released on Monday.

In the video, one of the officers can be heard telling Thomas: “See my fists? They’re getting ready to start fucking you up.”

When Kelly doesn’t immediately comply and instead stands up, another officer charges in and hits him with a baton.

For about eight minutes, Thomas is pinned by the two officers, then as many as four more arrive and assault him.

As Thomas pleads for mercy and complains that he cannot breathe, he’s tased and punched repeatedly. The treatment continues until Thomas’s cries morph into inaudible grunts.

The cause of death, officially, was compression of his thorax. Two officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, were charged in the case, one of them with second-degree murder.

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