Attorney says cops beat Reginald Thomas before death

Attorney says cops beat Reginald Thomas before death
Protestors blocked Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena on Friday and Saturday Oct. 1, 2016 following the in-custody death of Reginald Thomas.

Protestors blocked Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena on Friday and Saturday Oct. 1, 2016 following the in-custody death of Reginald Thomas.

Attorney Caree Harper said Monday that police officers beat Reginald Thomas before he died.

In a press conference at City Hall, Harper vowed to find out what happened in the moments after a police confrontation with Thomas, 35. Thomas was shocked twice by Tasers before witnesses saw officers kick Thomas in the head, Harper said.

The incident, which occurred Friday morning in the 200 block of East Orange Grove is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“Hands on can be just as lethal as a bullet,” Harper said. “A boot to the head can be just like a bullet to a head if you keep kicking a man while he’s down.”

An attorney known for taking on police departments in excessive force cases, Harper previously represented Kenneth McDade, whose son Kendrec was shot and killed by Pasadena police officers.

Over the weekend Black Lives Matters demonstrators blocked Orange Grove Boulevard and shouted obscenities at police officers and motorists.

 

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