Kelly Thomas death: Impatient crowd gathers outside D.A.'s office
Less than a dozen people gathered outside the Orange County district attorney's office in anticipation of an announcement Wednesday in the death of a mentally ill homeless man, holding signs and calling on the district attorney to press charges against Fullerton police officers.
Among them was Ron Thomas, the father of the homeless man who said he is not being allowed inside the news conference.
Ron Thomas, whose son Kelly Thomas died five days after a violent confrontation with police, said he is expecting to be disappointed by the prosecutor's decision.
"I'm waiting for him to tell me bad news basically," he said to a group of TV reporters.
He said if charges are not filed, he will attempt to pursue the case at the federal level "immediately." If charges are filed, "we stand here and applaud."
"I just hope he does the right thing I really do," he said of the district attorney.
Sandee Baker, 52, of Norco, said she drove more than an hour because the case tugs on her "heartstrings."
"It's been handled so poorly," she said. She held a sign that read "Kelly matters, yesterday, today, tomorrow."
"The world is watching," she said, gesturing to the parked TV vans.
"It's not just the people of Fullerton," said Glenn Carrington, 31, of Riverside, who said he cares about the case because it was a "public execution."
"I need to know what they are going to do about that," he said of the district attorney's office.
-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Santa Ana
Photo: Larry Dewitt Williams, 56, gathers with other supporters in front of the Orange County district attorney's office to show support for Kelly Thomas' family. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times