Under Fire for Death of Homeless Man, CA Police Chief Takes Leave


Michael Sellers, the embattled police chief in Fullerton Calif., has taken medical leave amid calls for his resignation as six of his officers are being investigated for their role in the death of a homeless man, reports the Los Angeles Times. Sellers has been under mounting pressure to answer questions about a July 5 confrontation between officers and a schizophrenic homeless man who later died.

Witnesses said officers beat and kicked the man and used a Taser on him several times. He died five days. Two city council members have called for Sellers to resign because he has failed to provide a narrative to the public about Thomas’ death. They also complained that information had been withheld from them, including a surveillance video that captured some of the struggle. City Manager Joe Felz informed the council Wednesday that Sellers, whose annual salary and benefits total $228,576, was taking a medical leave of absence for an unspecified period of time. He cannot be fired while on medical leave.

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