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December 14, 2012
British boy band One Direction have hired the bodyguard who tried to save         Michael ackson on the day he died.Alberto Alvarez, 36, worked for the late         'Thriller' hitmaker and he was present at Jackson's rented Los Angeles home on         the morning of the King of Pop's death in 2009, even testifying during the         trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary  manslaughter.
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October 12, 2012 | By Mike Anton and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
When a paramedic arrived at the scene of a melee between a mentally ill homeless man and Fullerton police last year, he was told by an officer that a colleague had scratches on his arm. After treating the officer, Fullerton Fire Department Capt. Ron Stancyk looked to his right and saw a man on the ground who was bloody, unconscious, barely breathing and handcuffed. That man, he would later learn, was a dying Kelly Thomas, a fixture on the streets of Fullerton. "The gentleman was on his side, leaning up against a police officer's leg," Stancyk testified last month before an Orange County grand jury.
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August 7, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A year after a mentally ill homeless man was beaten by police officers and later died, Fullerton leaders are expected to launch a study that could set the wheels in motion to disband the city's 104-year-old Police Department. The City Council is slated Tuesday to decide whether to order a preliminary analysis on letting the Orange County Sheriff's Department patrol the city, one of the oldest in the county. Fullerton has been buffeted by controversy and political upheaval since the death of Kelly Thomas last summer.
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July 17, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A second officer involved in the beating that led to the death of Kelly Thomas is no longer working for the city of Fullerton, officials announced Tuesday. The city issued a statement saying Officer Joe Wolfe's employment had ended Monday. City officials would not say whether the officer had resigned or was fired, but Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas' father, said Acting Police Chief Dan Hughes had told him Wolfe was fired. Another officer involved in last summer's beating, Manuel Ramos, left the city's employment July 3. A source familiar with the city's actions said the city had initiated termination proceedings against him as well.
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May 16, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The mother of a mentally ill homeless man who died after he was beaten by Fullerton police has reached a settlement with the city that will pay her $1 million, officials announced Tuesday evening. The agreement unanimously approved by the Fullerton City Council resolves Cathy Thomas' legal claims against the city involving the death of Kelly Thomas, 37. He died July 10, five days after his violent confrontation with Fullerton Police Department officers. Thomas reached the settlement after voluntary mediation with her attorney, city officials said.
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May 11, 2012 | Steve Lopez
I began worrying more than seven years ago, when I first brought him the violins donated by readers. Would they make my new friend, a Juilliard-trained musician who'd suffered a breakdown 35 years earlier, less safe on the streets of skid row? Would he be attacked by thieves? And that was just the beginning of the worries. As I got to know Nathaniel Anthony Ayers better, I fretted not just about whether I could protect him, but also about how to help him. Time passes; the worries never do. Uncertainty lingers constantly when you have a relationship with someone who has a severe mental illness, and watching the video this week of the Kelly Thomas beating was a reminder of how quickly things can go horribly awry.
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May 10, 2012 | By Richard Winton and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Following an emotionally charged hearing, an Orange County judge ruled that two Fullerton police officers will stand trial for the death of a mentally ill homeless man who was beaten in a violent confrontation last summer. The ruling means that Manuel Ramos, 38, could be the first police officer in modern Orange County history to be tried for murder for on-duty actions . Ramos is charged withsecond-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, 40, will be tried on charges of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.
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May 8, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
On the ground and screaming that he was "sorry," a shirtless Kelly Thomas is shown being hit again and again with fists, a baton and finally the butt of a stun gun by Fullerton police officers in a dramatic video that was shown for the first time Monday in an Orange County courtroom. The grainy black and white video of Thomas' violent encounter with police outside a bus depot is the centerpiece of the prosecutions' case against two officers accused of escalating a standard police encounter with a homeless man into a fatal beating.
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May 8, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The police officers who pummeled Kelly Thomas during a violent encounter last summer in Fullerton caused his death by cutting off the flow of oxygen to his brain when the fight intensified and they piled on the homeless man, a coroner's pathologist testified Tuesday. Dr. Aruna Singhania, who told the court she had performed 11,000 autopsies, said the difficulty Thomas had breathing because of chest compression as the struggle wore on was worsened by facial and nasal bleeding. The testimony came in the second day of a preliminary hearing that has orbited around a graphic and disturbing video of Thomas' being hit by police outside the bus depot in downtown Fullerton.
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March 29, 2012 | By Richard Winton and Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
The investigation into a controversial police killing of a college student last weekend took a dramatic twist Wednesday when Pasadena authorities arrested a 911 caller, alleging his fabrication led to the shooting. An officer shot 19-year-old Kendrec McDade on a narrow street in the city's Northwest district about 11 p.m. Saturday. Police were dispatched to the scene after a man, identified as Oscar Carrillo, called 911. He said two armed men had stolen his laptop computer and backpack as he was buying tacos at a stand on Orange Grove Boulevard.
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