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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Kelly Thomas
As Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos approached a homeless man at a bus stop in July, he did what members of his department have been doing for a decade. He clicked on an audio recorder normally used to capture witness statements and exonerate officers accused of misconduct.
A police officer has been charged with murder in the death of a mentally ill homeless man in Southern California who was beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun during his arrest, a defense attorney said Wednesday.
Police should have been intimately familiar with Kelly Thomas and his history of mental illness.
When it happens, "it is often because there has been a lack of the appropriate tools to de-escalate the situation," she said.