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Two officers acquitted in fatal beating of homeless schizophrenic man

14.01.2014 00:44

Two former California police officers were found not guilty Monday on charges related to the fatal beating of a schizophrenic homeless man in a case that made national headlines and infuriated protesters who accused the police of abusing their authority.

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Lisa Maiale 19.03.2014 17:48

Since he had previous offenses, the cops had a right to beat him to death? I'm sorry. I didn't realize that all those previous offenses ended in a long drawn out process to determine that he was sentenced to life.
I can't believe that in our 'civilized country' we can now beat someone to death, have them lay in a hospital bed in critical condition for five days and get away with it.
I've done alot of work with schizophrenia patients including cognitive assessments on and off medications. They don't get the repercussions of their actions. They just don't. It's not something that will be learned.

 

Angie Torres 29.01.2014 14:19

What is going on? This happening too much.

 

XilE 25.01.2014 20:06

Cathy 14.01.2014 16:58

Were jurors threatened? Paid off? Or did they just want to get home to see some show on T.V.?

  


Na h they knew what they were doing the judge, prosecution, and the attorney defending them all on the same side. This is beyond absurd they should be locked away right now. FFS cops or not who in the beats someone to death while they're pleading for their life it's sick. I have zero respect for them because there are serial killers with more morals than those scumbag.

 

Michael Wallace 22.01.2014 05:40

Look at these cops there no different then gangsters, scary these are the kinda people that are hired to protect us , this is a insult to all americans are justice system is great for murdering unarmed homeless men when u have a badge . Its on film these guys must have a score of 70 for a IQ .

 

James Martin 20.01.2014 23:05

Police officers are becoming psycopaths. I'm starting to think they are being drugged unknowingly.

It is just so strange how all of a sudden, cop beatings for small misdemeanors have become so common.

 

Dale Simmons 17.01.2014 07:33

Brought to you from the "Land of the Free and the Brave!". What else can you expect from a country run by a military junta.

 

Dale Simmons 17.01.2014 07:24

"And there I was, trembling for my life....six huge guys against a poor homeless guy.....And boy, did we stuff that homeless guy up"

 

John 17.01.2014 01:31

Wake up American people and see now exactly what atrocities are being allowed to happen now on your streets by your own justice system.

Thi s verdict sickened me to my stomach.

 

Matthew Hogan 16.01.2014 18:06

There is a video with audio.
Kelly Thomas, while sitting on the ground, is threatened by one of the officers, who says "I'll f*ck you up-"
This same "person", assisted by an "officer of the 'law'" beats the spirit and life from Kelly Thomas's body, as Kelly Thomas cries to his father, who, as we know, was not there to help-- as Kelly was surrounded only by savage beasts disguised as men-- who are now being saved from justice- by corrupt suits also disguised as men.
Imagine the attention this case would receive if Kelly Thomas was not caucasian.
Its a bad news day for U.S.
Internet corruption, law corruption both won.

 

Anders Jytzler 16.01.2014 10:05

Land of the brave.

So brave...

 

william 15.01.2014 19:53

Garth Primmer 15.01.2014 04:18

please justice look at the video it does not mean that he is on drugs or a thief that the law has the right to take someones live . also he went quiet and the still pinned him down with all that beatings and tazering he would still have spoken so let be he was unconcious, how would whose officers nave a normal live thinking what have done .prima fascia

  


All I can say is huh?

 

william 15.01.2014 18:40

As for these so called "Peace Officers", well, we all have to go to sleep sometime. They will spend the rest of their miserable lives looking over their shoulders...of which I find some comfort knowing.

 

RichardD 15.01.2014 09:38

@Wotan

The problem with the jury has a lot to do with the location, these people were Californians, many of them don't share the same values and morals as the rest of the US. If this was an isolated incident the jury rigging scenario would make more sense. But California has a long history of going in a different direction than most of the US on a lot of issues. I seriously doubt that these officers would of been acquitted in much of the rest of the US.

 

Garth Primmer 15.01.2014 04:18

please justice look at the video it does not mean that he is on drugs or a thief that the law has the right to take someones live . also he went quiet and the still pinned him down with all that beatings and tazering he would still have spoken so let be he was unconcious, how would whose officers nave a normal live thinking what have done .prima fascia

 

Ditch Jefferson 14.01.2014 20:10

Anyone who thinks this beatdown was justified needs to hear this man cry out for his dad on the videotape. How many vicious men do such a thing?

And the people who comprise the law-enforcement class wonder why their actions are frequently seen as illegal. Death to the wicked in all their evils ways.

 

Wotan 14.01.2014 18:05

Juries are hand selected by the courts who are in bed with the police. Twelve random ordinary citizens (as they put it, because remember they think of themselves as separate from the rest of us and anything but ordinary) would not EVER see that photo of Kelly's face, watch the video and hear him cry for his "dad" to help him and find the officers not guilty.

Yet another veil has been yanked down. This time exposing the mockery that is "the justice system."

May Kelly Thomas's death not be in vein, but serve as a major fracture in an already crumbling wall of oppression.

 

Wotan 14.01.2014 17:57

If you've ever dealt with someone who was schizophrenic, you quickly realize that there was something that disrupted their maturation processes and that they are mentally delinquent in that their underlying thought processes are very juvenile in the way that a child's is. Psychologists define schizophrenia as a refusal to grow up, and when you deal with someone inflicted you quickly pick up on this childlike innocence.

When the cops are brutalizing him to death, he's not screaming profanities or verbally inciting them in anyway, he's crying for his father to help him.

These cops are heartless sadistic psychopaths.

 

Samuel von Staunton 14.01.2014 17:56

Proud Atheist 14.01.2014 14:32

North American Cops = Terror.
Jury = Monkeys.

  


[q uote name='Cathy ' time='14.01.2014 16:58']Were jurors threatened? Paid off? Or did they just want to get home to see some show on T.V.? [/quote]

Th e same people who can't avoid Jury Duty are those who can't afford to avoid active duty.

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