H-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Oct 18, 2012 11:27 PM by The Associated Press

Orange County homeless man had 92 police run-ins before his death

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - A mentally ill and homeless man who died after a confrontation with Fullerton police had nearly 100 run-ins with officers in the years before his death.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/RXvRf7) Kelly Thomas was the subject of 92 police reports between 1990 and his death last summer.

According to a criminal history compiled by the Orange County district attorney's office, Thomas was jailed for assault with a deadly weapon, after he attacked his grandfather with a fireplace poker.

He was arrested a total of 27 times, most often for low-level crimes like trespassing.

Attorneys defending three Fullerton officers charged in connection with his death say he is a troublemaker who refused police orders.

Prosecutors say Thomas was an unassuming victim of police brutality.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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