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L.A. Now Live: Should Fullerton Police Department be disbanded?

August 8, 2012 |  7:59 am

Times reporter Richard Winton will join City Editor Shelby Grad to discuss the Fullerton City Council's decision not to begin exploring disbanding the Police Department and replacing it with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The live chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Hundreds of residents packed into the council chamber cheered Tuesday as the council voted, 3 to 2, against asking the Sheriff's Department for a preliminary analysis that would have studied the effects of handing over the city's law enforcement responsibilities to the county agency.

The beating of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man, in July 2011 sparked controversy and political upheaval in one of Orange County's oldest cities. But Tuesday night, the Police Department's supporters and critics came together to ask the council not to take the first step toward disbanding the department.