Press
Release
City of Fullerton
Public Information Office

303 W. Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317

2/15/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #02512
Subject :

Consultant report on Thomas incident on Feb. 21 Council agenda
Contact :Sylvia Palmer Mudrick, Public Information Coordinator, Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317

The report by independent consultant Mike Gennaco on the Fullerton Police Department’s response in the Kelly Thomas case will be presented to the Fullerton City Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 21, meeting.

           

The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m., in the council chamber at Fullerton City Hall, 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., and the Gennaco report will be the first item on the agenda.

           

Gennaco, chief attorney for the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review (OIR), was hired by the city to respond to specific questions from the public that arose in the days immediately following the Thomas incident, which occurred last July.

           

Thomas, a homeless man, was involved in an altercation with Fullerton police officers attempting to arrest him on suspicion of auto burglary.  Thomas died five days after the incident. 

           

The district attorney’s office has filed a second-degree murder charge against one of the officers involved in the incident, and one count of involuntary manslaughter against a second.  Both are awaiting trial.

           

This will be the first of two reports to the council by Gennaco.  The second, which is slated to come to council in late March or early April, will be the results of Gennaco’s review of the police department’s overall policies and procedures. 

           

The third report, which will be presented to Dan Hughes, acting chief of the police department, will be the results of Gennaco’s review of the individual response by all officers ultimately dispatched on the Thomas incident.

           

Following the presentation of Gennaco’s report Tuesday, the Council will go into its regularly scheduled closed session.  The Gennaco report will not be discussed during that session.

           

The council will reconvene at approximately 6:30 p.m. to consider the rest of its formal agenda.  Two significant items on that agenda include a request by Occupy Orange County for the Council to consider several issues, including how the City invests local funds, and the setting of a recall election.

           

The council meeting will be broadcast live on the city’s government cable channel, Time Warner Channel 3.  Viewers must be Time Warner subscribers.

           

The meeting will also be video streamed over the city’s website, cityoffullerton.com.

           

Further information about the agenda may be obtained by calling the Fullerton City Clerk’s Office at (714) 738-6310.

           

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the meeting are asked to notify the City Clerk’s Office prior to Feb. 21.

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