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L.A. Now Live: Discuss Kelly Thomas case and $1-million settlement

May 16, 2012 |  6:00 am

Times crime reporter Richard Winton will join City Editor Shelby Grad for a discussion about the latest developments in the Kelly Thomas case.

The chat will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and questions can be submitted live during the conversation.

Thomas' mother has reached a settlement with the city of Fullerton that will pay her $1 million in the death of her son. The mentally ill homeless man died last July after he was beaten by Fullerton police.

The settlement agreement unanimously approved Tuesday by the Fullerton City Council resolves Cathy Thomas' legal claims against the city. Kelly Thomas' father still has a separate, unresolved claim.

The Fullerton Task Force on Homelessness and Mental Health Services, created after the beating, is also recommending that the city work with the county to create a regional year-round homeless shelter and a permanent supportive housing development for the mentally ill; request a clinician from the county's behavioral health services department to work with the Fullerton Police Department on outreach to the mentally ill homeless; and ask the county to implement Laura's Law, which would create court-ordered outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill.