Fullerton police lawyers: man in custody beat himself to death

Explaining how Kelly Thomas came to meet his gruesome decease called for some creative lawyering from defense attorneys John Barnett and Michael Schwartz, who often represent California law enforcers charged with misconduct [OC Weekly, disturbing images]

Also: Why let accused cops delay answering questions after an episode of alleged excessive force? To let them shape their story? [Scott Greenfield on new Dallas policy] And on the brighter side: Radley Balko, the nation’s premier reporter on police and prosecutorial abuse and someone regularly linked in this space, is joining the Washington Post. [Poynter]


  • I remember reading a Chicago police report once that stated the man “committed suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head 3 times with a 22 caliber pistol” so this actually makes sense.

  • They should charge him with murder. Maybe let him plead down to aggravated assault if he cooperates.