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Special PBS program on the Kelly Thomas police beating (part 1 of 2)

August 14, 2011

Controversy has erupted over the death of Kelly Thomas, a 37 year-old homeless man who died after being beaten by Fullerton police officers on July 5. Hundreds have protested over the incident, which is being investigated by local prosecutors and the FBI.
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  1. Granted that the Police overreacted with excessive force, but what about the father’s /family’s responsibility for having allowed their son to be put in such a situation in the first place? How is it that a mentally ill child can be allowed to roam the parking lot of a public transportation center wherein such a set of unfortunate circumstances might inevtibally occure? There are always two sides to every story. Right now the emphasis is being placed on the more sympathetic seemingly singular victim who in fact could be seen as a ticking time bomb. Anyone who has worked directly with the mentally ill knows that when agitated they can have the strength of ten and that their potential for violence is both difficult to predict and contain. It is truly sad the Kelly came to such an end, but in reality, what kind of future did he have? What was his family/community doing to put him on a more positive path? Who is really responsible, the family that created him or the community that was left to police him?



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