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False report from the Slidebar, an off-duty hangout for Fullerton Police, sent police to Kelly Thomas

From what we understand, the Slidebar is frequented by police officers off-duty as their hangout spot. This is relevant in that the Slidebar is right next to the bus depot, where Kelly frequently hung out (legally!).

In the beginning of the video where Kelly was confronted by police, Officer Ramos stated that they had to “talk to him every night.” Perhaps the police didn’t want to deal with him anymore.

It would not be surprising if an off-duty officer at the Slidebar told the manager to call in something just to get him “dealt with.” In that case, it may be completely possible that the manager didn’t even know their report was a false report, they were just calling in for a patron that “saw what happened.” Business managers call in reports for their clients/patrons all the time. The person making the actual report (not the call) should be the person in question here.

For the article that sparked our commentary, click here.

Here is the suit mentioned in the above article.

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