The Murder of Kelly Thomas


A task force created in the wake of the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man who had a violent confrontation with six Fullerton police officers, is preparing to present a set of recommendations to the Fullerton City Council.

The Fullerton Task Force on Homelessness and Mental Health Services, whose members include religious leaders, advocates, and Kelly Thomas’ father, was created in September, two months after the incident that led to Thomas’ death. Two officers have been criminally charged in the case.

The group is recommending that the city work with the county to create a regional year-round homeless shelter and a permanent supportive housing development for the mentally ill; request a clinician from the county’s behavioral health services department to work with the Fullerton Police Department on outreach to the mentally ill homeless; and ask the county to implement Laura’s Law, which would create court-ordered outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill.

by Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times


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