Kelly Thomas VerdictSubmitted by sunny on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:35
I am surprised, disappointed and yes shocked that an incident of this magnitude did not make for front page news on the DP. O yes, here was one thread. When I finally got here I noticed the front page threads were so trivial in comparison. Who makes these choices?
I spent most of yesterday learning about, reading, watching videos and thinking about this horrible brutality of law enforcement in Los Angeles. The before and after pictures of Kelly Thomas almost too horrible to look at. Has anyone here seen them?
Has anyone here watched the video of brutality and the video of the verdict being read in the courtroom?
I see many videos each day that are posted of the brutality of law enforcement. It is so disturbing to me that this obscene show of cruelty is seemingly now common place around the country and continues and escalates. The instilling of fear and the thugs that participate is so very disturbing.
I have no TV but I understand that there was no coverage of this on FOX, CNN, MSNBC etc. The L A Times followed this story and provided timely updates frequently.
Below is an article from William Griggs on Lew Rockwell, which provides a decent recap and analysis:
The statement released from the Police Chief in Fullerton is equally disturbing:
As a result of the verdict, Dan Hughes, Fullerton's Chief of Police, has the following comment:
"We respect the jury's verdict, and appreciate the consideration the jury gave to the evidence. We understand that there may be a wide variety of reactions to the verdict and encourage anybody who wishes to express their feelings to do so respectfully.
Over the course of the past two and a half years the City of Fullerton Police Department has taken significant steps to make it the best department possible. As Fullerton’s new Police Chief, I will make sure those efforts continue so that our police department serves the community with honor, integrity and professionalism."
And I think this quote below says it all. I too am deeply disturbed that murder has been officially legalized for all to witness and to have been sanctioned by a jury. I cannot fathom and not one of us here can either - what it was like for Kelly Thomas and the NINE minutes he was beaten/tasered and cried out for help, crying for his father.
Nor can I imagine the grief that his mother and father have endured, only to have this corrupt judicial system deliver this astounding verdict.
And now I read that Ken Cincinelli wants his job back. It's astonishing. These 2 psychopaths oughtta be horsewhipped'
Here is the quote:
My friends...I don't know about you, but this Kelly Thomas travesty has really affected me. It would be one thing if I had not seen every detail of the outright murder exacted by these two malicious Fullerton police officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli. But their heinous act is there for all to see, with every excruciating cry from Kelly Thomas.
The anger I feel is deep. We are being betrayed at every level of our government...a government that is actively attempting to instill fear into us citizens. However, I refuse to cower before the criminality that pervades this government. Why should I cower? Why should any of us cower? I've already been arrested once for enforcing my civil liberties, and I've seen, first-hand, the abuses that can be handed down by those that violate their oaths to defend our constitutional liberties.
When the history is written about this event, it will be marked as a turning point. It will be remembered as the event that broadly revealed the sham that is the American justice system...a system that jails people for not paying parking tickets, yet allows bankers that destroy economies to walk free, unpunished, simply because they pay a government protection fee.
The Kelly Thomas murder will be remembered as the "wake-up call" for many of us...the day we understood the nature and extent of the malignancy of this legal system. The day it dawned on us why, exactly, someone like Chris Dorner, a former LA police officer, would take up arms against his fellow law enforcement colleagues. Because he understood, better than any of us, just how venally corrupt the law enforcement system is...
F*** this government. F*** all governments.
Jimmy Jack Jingo, 13 Jan 2014