Two police officers in the Southern California town of Fullerton will stand trial for the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man, reports NPR. Thomas died last July from injuries sustained during a violent arrest by six Fullerton officers. Officer Manual Ramos approached Thomas, then 37, while responding to a call that someone had been peering into cars at the town’s bus depot.
The surveillance video at the depot was running during the incident, and officer Ramos was also recorded by a device he was wearing on his uniform. Synced together, the audio and video formed the key evidence shown in court this week during a preliminary hearing to decide whether to bring the officers to trial. For weeks last year, dozens of supporters rallied in front of Fullerton’s police headquarters demanding that the officers be prosecuted. Under pressure, the chief of police took a medical leave of absence, then resigned, and three City Council members have been targeted for recall.