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Former police officers acquitted in beating death of homeless man

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 01:06

Jan. 14 - ''Not guilty'' verdict in California homeless man's beating death sparks outrage from family's supporters. Linda So reports.

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It's not the verdict they were hoping for. Supporters of Kelly Thomas, the mentally ill homeless man who was beaten by two Fullerton police officers and later died, say justice was not served. Hours after the officers were acquitted Monday in a California courtroom, supporters of Thomas marched to the Fullerton Police Department demanding justice. SOUNDBITE: CATHY THOMAS, KELLY THOMAS' MOTHER, SAYING: "It breaks my heart. Part of me died that night with Kelly. Part of me died. Part of me died in court. I feel dead inside." The beating in the summer of 2011 was caught on tape. It shows the officers hitting Thomas, and using a Taser to try to subdue him. The homeless man died 5 days after his arrest. SOUNDBITE: SANDEE BAKER, THOMAS SUPPORTER, SAYING: "It's important that people never forget him, and never forget how unjust this was. This is horrible. This is horrible." Thomas' father says his son suffered from schizophrenia and didn't understand orders from police.

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Former police officers acquitted in beating death of homeless man

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 01:06