In the aftermath of the death of a mentally ill homeless man, there was speculation about whether he was trying to open car doors or had stolen property when confronted by officers July 5, 2011.
Department officials were also criticized for releasing initial reports of an officer having sustained broken bones in the confrontation with transient Kelly Thomas, which turned out to be untrue.
At the direction of the City Council, Capt. Dan Hughes, the acting Fullerton police chief, made a statement Tuesday clarifying these details, a statement that Ron Thomas said clears his son of any wrongdoing. Thomas had asked for such a statement for months, Hughes said.
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