Court proceedings began in the criminal case of two Fullerton Police Officers accused of beating a Kelly Thomas, a local homeless mentally ill man to death. One officer is charged with second-degree murder and the other officer with involuntary manslaughter. The video and audio from just one source played in court shows Thomas being beaten with fists, baton and in the face repeatedly with the butt end of a taser as the man cries out he was “sorry” and “Dad, they are killing me!” PHOTOS: Kelly Thomas death http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-kelly-thomas-20120508,0,5787840.story?track=icymi The alleged crimes took place last July and here is previous thread covering the initial media reports back in September of last year. Good posts all by GA members. http://www.globalaffairs.org/forum/...lessness-and-police-murder.67618/#post-609321 The officer charged with manslaughter previously worked for the LAPD. As a rookie he was involved in a shooting and lost an eye. He was deemed due to the injury not fit for duty and permanently disabled by the LAPD and rating authority and collects $40,000 a year in disability payments. The Fullerton PD hired him afterward as the Chief at the time, Pat McKay was former LAPD and knew the officer. The chief later became a city councilman at Fullerton and is currently one of several city councilmen under a recall for among other things allegedly covering up the details of the Thomas incident. The vote on the recall is in June. The Fullerton Police Chief at the time of the beating, Michael Sellers went on medical leave right after the news broke about the beating and was asked to resign by several city council members. He has since retired.