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On Monday 7th at Orange County Court, California footage of 37 year old homeless man Kelly Thomas being beaten to death was shown at the preliminary hearing of two of the officers responsible. Though the footage has been known about for some time since Kelly's murder last July, it has finally entered the public domain. His family had been fighting to release the video, but it was held back until as late as possible – no doubt largely because of the damning picture it paints of the officers' actions.
Police initially attempted to arrest him following reports of a man 'looking in car windows', officer Manuel Ramos approached Kelly (who suffered from schizophrenia and was sat on the ground at the time) and threatened to start punching him if he didn't cooperate. While Kelly was understandably argumentative, it was not until officer Ramos shoved him that he stood up at which point Ramos and his colleague began a prolonged attack on Kelly striking him repeatedly with batons.
More cops arrive on the scene over the course of the assault, with each one getting stuck in themselves. Kelly was repeatedly hit, kicked and tasered as he lay on the ground pleading for them to stop. Eventually he is left handcuffed and unconscious when the police stopped to chat about who had the most grazes on their knuckles. Paramedics arrived on the scene but the Filth insisted on their minor cuts and bruises being seen to first. Kelly was left in a coma and died 5 days later.
Judge Walter Schwarm ruled that two of the officers (Ramos & Cpl Jay Cicinelli – the cop who tasered him) stand trial for second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Hundreds of anti-capitalistas confront an overwhelming police presence in London as part of a pre-emptive strike against the G8 summit
More updates from Calais No Borders Network
In solidarity with 235 Sussex University workers whose jobs are threatened with privatisation, protesters from around the country converge on Sussex University's campus (alread site of an ongoing occupation), invade management HQ and make a bonfire out of corporate files.
A staggering five convictions out of the Met Police's largest ever mass arrest during the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Despite reports from pro-Israel newspapers to the contrary, race war is not about to break out in front of Brighton's crappiest fizzy drinks seller.
Following evidence of cruelty against migrants submitted by solidarity activists, French police are under scrutiny from Defender of Rights.
For 25 years Golden Dawn were a marginal group that for the most attacked small left-wing and anarchist groups and sometimes would also go for immigrants. Until a few years ago they never measured more than 200 members. Up until recently they had one office. Now? They have forty-eight.
Murky goings on as Sussex fox-hunt fronted by ex-policeman attacks monitors and flouts the law.