Kelly Thomas’s murderers may have beaten criminal charges but the victim’s father is planning on bringing a civil suit against his son’s killers:
LOS ANGELES – The father of Kelly Thomas said Tuesday that the fight to get justice is “not over,” even though a jury cleared two former Fullerton officers in the death of his mentally ill son.
“I look at this like a prize fight. It’s not over,” Ron Thomas said at a news conference in Los Angeles. “We still have several rounds to go.”
During the news conference, Ron Thomas’ attorney, Garo Mardirossian, said they will go forward with a civil case and will present evidence that was not allowed in the criminal trial to let a jury “see the full story of what happened.”
I do hope the case ends up costing the officers a great deal of personal wealth. While it would be far from a perfect, or even remotely just, outcome it would be better than nothing.