Target: Greg Sebourn, Mayor of Fullerton, California
Goal:Praise city for giving hefty settlement to family of homeless man that was allegedly beaten to death by police officers.
In 2011, Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man, was allegedly beaten to death by two Fullerton, California police officers despite his cries for help. The officers were acquitted of any wrongdoing. However, the family filed a civil suit against the city and, on Nov. 23, Fullerton’s lawyers announced that the city council will settle the incident for $4.9 million.
A video shows that Thomas was tackled and beaten for nearly 10 minutes. It is unclear why the officers were acquitted. Fortunately, the town of Fullerton has taken positive steps in the matter. The city’s attorney, Dana Fox, explained, “it buys everyone peace… everyone can move on and try to continue the healing process.” Let’s applaud Fullerton’s mayor and city council for settling this case.
Dear Mayor Sebourn,
I am writing to you to applaud the city’s settlement of the civil suit filed on behalf of Kelly Thomas. Although the police officers involved in the beating of the mentally ill homeless man were acquitted of any crime, a video tape of the incident shows the man being assaulted and crying for help for nearly 10 minutes. This certainly appeared to be a horrific display of police brutality.
Thank you for stepping up to the plate. While no amount of money will change what happened, much less bring Kelly Thomas back to life, you have accepted a certain level of responsibility by agreeing to settle this case and bring closure to the family of Mr. Thomas.
[Your Name Here]
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