Fullerton City Attorney Richard Jones Tuesday (May 1) told the Fullerton City Council that independent consultant Mike Gennaco has completed his internal affairs (IA) review of the individual responses by officers dispatched on the Kelly Thomas incident.
Gennaco’s IA report was presented to Acting Police Chief Dan Hughes. “In accordance with applicable personnel procedures, Acting Chief Hughes will be preparing any appropriate notices to affected members of the department,” Jones said.
The Kelly Thomas incident occurred last July when Thomas, a homeless man, was involved in an altercation with Fullerton police officers attempting to arrest him. 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. Preliminary hearing for the two is scheduled for May 7.
The IA report is the second of three Gennaco, chief attorney for the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review (OIR), was hired by the city to conduct.
The first report, which was an examination of specific questions raised by the public in the days immediately following the Thomas incident, was presented to the City Council in February.
The third report – an examination of the Police Department’s overall policies and procedures – is still pending. Like the first report, the last one will be presented at a City Council meeting.
The IA report was for the police chief only as it involves personnel actions.
Neither Hughes nor City Manager Joe Felz was able to comment on possible actions resulting from Gennaco’s findings as such actions would be covered by California privacy laws on personnel matters.