Orange County News
Kelly Thomas beating video may be released
FULLERTON, Calif. (KABC) -- A member of the Fullerton City Council wants prosecutors to hand over surveillance video showing the confrontation between police and Kelly Thomas- a homeless man who later died.
According to the Orange County Register, the full council will consider that request from Councilman Bruce Whitaker next Tuesday.
But the O.C. District Attorney's office told the newspaper the investigation into Thomas' death would be compromised, by releasing the video this early.
Two Fullerton police officers are facing charges in Thomas' death. Prosecutors say Thomas was beaten and suffocated.
Meanwhile, Fullerton's Police Chief Michael Sellers, who went on medical leave after the Thomas incident, is retiring.
Sellers went on leave in August, at the height of the public outcry over Thomas' death.
Sellers will be paid more than $127,000 in a workman's compensation settlement, as well as more than $22,000 in legal fees. His retirement will be effective Feb. 18.
orange county news
- I-5 through Grapevine reopens w/ CHP escorts
- Quick, cold front brings rain, chance of snow
- US vet Merrill Newman back in CA from NKorea
- 4 killed in OC crash; alcohol, speed involved
- Hawthorne stabbing: 1 killed, probe underway
- 87-year-old rescued from OC mobile home fire
- Manhattan Beach offers free parking downtown
- Ex-detective arrested for tipping off gang
- New Mexico cop fired after minivan shooting
- Nelson Mandela's legacy honored around world
- abcnews: Alleged cannibal ran hotel w/ grill area
- Mystery donor gives $50K to MO Salvation Army 36 min ago
- 'Out of the Furnace' showcases pacing, acting
- OTRC: Brian the dog returning to 'Family Guy'?