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$900K offered to settle OC police beating

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas (KABC Photo)

The city of Fullerton has offered a $900,000 settlement to the family of a man who died after a struggle with police, according to the man's father Ron Thomas.

Angry protesters demonstrated outside the police station Saturday.

Officers confronted 37-year-old Kelly Thomas July 5 after getting reports of a man burglarizing cars. They said Thomas became combative.

Witnesses said Thomas was struck with a flashlight and shot with a Taser.

Thomas, who was schizophrenic, was hospitalized with severe head and neck injuries and died several days later.

Thomas' father calls the offer of money unacceptable. He's demanding justice.

If you have any information regarding this case, you're urged to call the Orange County district attorney's office at (714) 347-8813.

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