As I read many articles about the incident of the recently deaceased Thomas kelly, many question began to flood my mind; when will proper legislation,state or federal, be fully enforced to protect the rights of victims of police burtality? when will a good lawyer stop the loopholes these suspended police find to avoid any jail time or serious reprucussions? as in the case of Thomas Kelly, when will the mental health institution take more advanced efforts to provide consistent and agressive policies that will ensure the patients are safe and taking required medication? Why is it, is social commentary and public opinion, when a “white” man dies it is police brutality, but when it is a person of color or young person of color, the people of the affected community react, its playing the race card?
If one has not heard yet, Thomas kelly was a schizophrenic homless man who was beaten and stunned by the police; it is alleged that because of the injusries sustain from the incident he died in the hospital after being taken off life support. his behavior was common of most schizophrenics trying to live within the dilapiting american mental healt institution. and although he has support from his family, his case still represents a very common and sad reality for people suffereing from emntal illness. what makes this case, or moreso the suspected verdict for these cops, so interesting is that not only is their actual footage from the orange county transit system
(although, ironically, the footage obtained is not in its entierty and is owned by the fullerton police. deja-vu anyone?)1
1.http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/videotape-shows-parts-of-deadly-fullerton-police-incident-da-says.html ““The camera at the bus depot was controlled by Fullerton police. It shows certain things but [does] not completely show everything” that happened”