Travis Keiger, Newly Elected And Sworn In City Councilman of Fullerton, CA on The New Majority in Office, and the Change They Pledged

There are plenty of cities in CA that are in hot water.  Stockton, followed closely by Mammoth Lakes are in bankruptcy.

The City of Fullerton, CA, a City in Orange County, is unique in that they just ran a recall of three sitting Councilmen who have been on the City Council for many years.   Travis Kiger and a crop of supporters and two other new council members, ran to address the issue of a corrupt and abusive culture within their police department, and against the tacit approval shown this same corrupt department in the face of a brutal murder and then cover up which was denied to be a cover up.

But it wasn’t just the murder of Kelly Thomas that drove the three new council members into office.   A lavish and crony capitalist Redevelopment Agency, a bloated City Government budget, and more all fueled the fire in the hearts and minds of the voters.   We’ll talk with Travis Kiger on their new roles, their promises, challenges, and first orders of business.  Next Tuesday on Gadfly Radio

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guests Steven Greenhut, and Mark Cabaniss

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October 18, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome CalWatchDog’s editor in chief Steven Greenhut, and former public defender and DA  Mark Cabaniss.   

We’ll ask Steve about the news, from bad to worse concerning California’s fiscal crisis, and the battle over what to do about it. 

We’ll ask Mark what he thinks about District Attorney Raukaukus’s choice to only charge two of the six officers involved in the murder, and what he makes of the charges the DA did hand down.

KFI’s John and Ken host the number one drive time show in the country, second to New York City market in numbers, and first in monetized market share.  Love ’em or hate ’em, if you’re in radio, you wish you had their numbers.

They’re populist and some of their political rants and perspectives line up well with the principles of liberty, sound fiscal policy and limited government that doesn’t infringe on a healthy entrepreneurial class, the middle class, the small business class.

Some of their ideas are reactionary. But that’s another topic. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct 19th, they are going to Fullerton, CA to support the recall of three sitting City Council members who make up the majority of the City of Fullerton’s City Council, and their reason is spot on for all the latter perspectives about their populism.

The issue that brought this recall into being was the police brutality against and murder of Kelly Thomas, a 37 year old 135 pound schizophrenic homeless man who also happened to be son of a former Orange County deputy sheriff and a loving caring father. The reason this case was not buried under the rug as so many police brutality cases and sometimes even the murder of a detained person or prisoner are, was the forming of an alliance between Kelly Thomas’s father and the writers of a local and popular blog called Friends for Fullerton’s Future.

Guest, Mark Cabaniss, who lives in the Sacramento area in Northern CA, is a former DA and a public defender. He has written on this case on at least three separate occasions and his pieces have been published at CalWatchDog, Friends For Fullerton’s Future Blog, the Greater LongBeach.com online news publication, and other publications. You can find a compilation of his works on this issue here.
Each of the different op-eds he wrote on this case appeared is various different publications but are only listed here one time.

Tonight we’ll ask Mark to explain to us what he thinks about District Attorney Raukaukus’s choice to only charge two of the six officers involved in the murder, and what he makes of the charges the DA did hand down. L.A. Times Blog reported the D.A.’s charges like this:

Two Fullerton police officers have been criminally charged in the violent confrontation that left a homeless man dead, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced Wednesday.

Officer Manuel Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the beating of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic man. Officer Jay Cicinelli has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

Are the charges fair?  Can the public expect justice be served?   Yes or no, and why? 

Special guest, Steven Greenhut, studies, writes and speaks about public policy.  In addition to being editor and chief of, and regular contributor to CalWatchDog.com,  he regularly contributes columns to online and hard copy publications, including the Opinion section of the O.C. Register, and the hard copy of City Journal.  He has authored two powerful books on abuse of the public trust in public policy: Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain , and his most current, Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation .

We’ll talk with Steve about as much as we can and have time for, concerning the ongoing battle between citizens who want to reign in the costs, power and burdens of the Public Sector in California, and those who defend the status quo, and are pushing to up the costs of sustaining the current paradigm onto the tax payers, in terms of raising taxes, and reforming or diluting Proposition 13, raising fees,  and further restricting citizens in cities or municipalities from enacting reforms at the local level to cut down the costs of their public sector services, employees, benefits and retirement pay.

Steve lived in Southern California until recently, and worked as an editor for the Opinion Section of the Orange County Register and their blog. He wrote a lot on police practices during his tenure at the O.C. Register and has much insight to share with us on the issue of the Kelly Thomas case, the DA’s charges, and the policy, politics and practices that enable police and sheriff Departments to develop into a culture of abusive practices.

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Baca says he was out of touch with county’s jails: The Los Angeles County sheriff said he failed to implement important reforms that could have minimized brutality. He also said his command staff has at times left him in the dark about jail conditions.

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Mark Cabaniss, attorney who has been both a former prosecutor and public defender, joins Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog next Tuesday night to discuss OC DA Raukaukas’s Charges of only 2 of the Fullerton Six Police Officers invoved in the Fatal beating of Kelly Thomas

 Has OC DA Raukaukas handed down charges that make it very possible for both men to get off with little if any time behind bars?  Are the charges lenient?   Did he set up the charges with an easy escape hatch for the officers?  What are very possible and probable outcomes given these charges?

Below are essays Mark Cabaniss was inspired to write, given the grotesqueness of this case of Police criminal abuse of power.    They were published at CalWatchDog, and picked up by the Friends for Fullerton’s Future Blog and the Greater Long Beach Newspaper Publication. 

OC DA’s POLICY OF PRE-EMPTIVE SURRENDER  

Monday, September 12th, 2011 By MARK CABANISS

It is getting close to decision time for Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas in the Kelly Thomas case, in which six Fullerton police officers are accused of beating Thomas to death. While the investigation is still not completed and must be b…

THE KELLY THOMAS CASE: INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER OR FELONY MURDER?

By Mark Cabaniss | August 31, 2011, 5:34 pm

An involuntary manslaughter charge depends on the assertion that the police were lawfully arresting someone. But if they beat Thomas after he lost consciousness, it was no longer a lawful arrest. Felony murder—death arising from a felony—could be based on Thomas’ death arising from battery with serious bodily injury, mayhem or torture, as examples.There does not have to be any intent to kill.

TO END POLICE ABUSE, PUNISH ABUSERS 

Tuesday, AUGUST 16, 2011 By MARK CABANISS

Let us be clear: Kelly Thomas’ death was not a “tragedy’ during a “confrontation,” or an “altercation”; it was a gang killing in which six men beat to death a small, mentally ill man who was completely unconscious as the final death blows fell.

Cops Vs Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas & The Power of New Media

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What About Those Other Four Cops, Their Bosses, and the FPD Code of Silence?

Posted at Friends for Fullerton’s Future Blog by Grover Cleveland in Law ‘N Disorder, Setting The Bar Low, The Crime Beat on September 22nd, 2011:

Watch as the DA explains how the other four officers involved in the Kelly Thomas murder did not mention excessive force when they wrote their reports of the incident.

There is a video posted of DA Raukakus speaking about the other four police officers involved in the fatal beating of Kelly Thomas

Watch as the DA explains how the other four officers involved in the Kelly Thomas murder did not mention excessive force when they wrote their reports of the incident.

Also recall that those reports were supposedly written (and even more importantly, rewritten) to the satisfaction of “The Management” who watched the tape.

Put it all together and you’ve got the makings of a full-fledged cover up. 

Click to read the post and see the short 30 second video.

YouTube video of DA Press Conference Fullerton Police:

YouTube video of DA Press Conference Fullerton Police: Murder. Manslaughter. Excessive Force. Officer Manuel Ramos will be charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli will be charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

OC DA Prosecutes Fullerton’s Killer Cops | CalWatchDog

Commentary

SEPT. 21, 2011

By STEVEN GREENHUT

The tide is definitely turning in the way the public, and perhaps even district attorneys, view police officers who kill and abuse civilians and abuse their power. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has filed serious charges against two Fullerton police officers who were part of a gang of six officers who beat to death a harmless homeless man named Kelly Thomas.

According to the Orange County Register, “Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos will be charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Rackauckas said during a packed news conference. If convicted on both charges, Ramos faces up to 15 years to life in prison. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli will be charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Those charges carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison.” Click to read the post.

Tomorrow is a big day for the City of Fullerton–DA Raukakas holds a press conference at 11 AM to announce charges on the Fullerton Six

Tomorrow is a big day for Fullerton. I take a deep breath and then release when I think about it. People engaged in this issue are being a powerful stand for integrity of public service and safety. I saw Dick Ackerman and his wife a few times at the CA GOP Convention. I ran into them when I was looking for Ben Boychuk, Bill Evers and Ben Chavis’s workshop on Education. They were conferencing with two others… I can’t remember who it was. They don’t understand the issue of integrity in this matter. Don Bank Head: Champion of ethics and civil rights!

The Fullerton 6: A Death Penalty Case–Published at Fullerton’sFuture.org

September 8, 2011
By Mark Cabaniss, an attorney who has worked as both a prosecutor and as a public defender.

Mark has written several interesting pieces on the Kelly Thomas case over at GreaterLongBeach.com and CalWatchDog.com.

Reportedly, the Orange County DA is waiting for the coroner’s report before deciding whether to file charges against the six Fullerton police in the beating death of Kelly Thomas. As the medical evidence comes in, it looks increasingly likely that charges will be filed. But will the charges, if they are brought, be minimal, or will they be serious? Will they be the most serious charges warranted by the evidence? We don’t know. What we do know is that Kelly Thomas died after six Fullerton police severely beat him. The DA is still waiting for the official cause of death to be determined, but for the sake of this article, I am going to assume that the death came about as a result of the beating. Now let us make two further assumptions:

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & special guest, David Bailey, former LA Port Police Officer

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August 30, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Seiler of CalWatchDog.comDave Bailey, a current businessman who lives in the City of Fullerton, CA  and is former police officer with the Los Angeles Port Police Department, joins us to discuss the due process lag in the case of the fatal beating of 38 year old, 135 pound schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, at the hands of six Fullerton Police Officers who have since been put on paid leave, but whom have not been charged for any crime since the beating occurred on July 5th of 2011. 

Given the current law and precedent established by the CA Supreme Court in August of 2006, in Copley v. Superior Court, is it possible to get due process and justice when the alleged criminals are police officers?

In a recent article posted at CalWatchdog  involving Assemblyman Portantino, D-La Cañada, and his current stand for transparency concerning the CA State Legislators’ personal budgets, Steve Greenhut referred to a CA Supreme Court Case decision in August of 2006, and a subsequent bipartisan effort by some lawmakers in Sacramento, led by then Senator Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, to overturn the effects of that decision with SB 1019, which Portantino played a role to defeat.

The Tracy Press described it this way in an article titled Bill puts cops in the sunshine  “Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, authored Senate Bill 1019 after the August 2006 state Supreme Court decision in Copley Press v. Superior Court, which prevents the public from learning about law enforcement officers who have been disciplined for misconduct, even if the law enforcement agency wants the public to know the findings. The door has been slammed shut on the misconduct hearings and all their records. It’s so extreme that local police officials cannot even tell citizens that a disciplinary hearing happened.”

Greenhut links to a previous post in which he reports his account of a California Assembly’s Public Safety Committee hearing where Sen. Romero’s bill was heard, supportive legislators were excluded and law enforcement lobbyists and their legislative supporters dominated.

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I said I’d do it two weeks ago, then last week… Now two week later, I must squeeze it in. I want to ask our panel, Why the media black out of Ron Paul’s 2nd place victory at the Iowa Ames Straw Poll on Saturday? Aug 13th. Want to get John Seiler’s take on it.

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Who is Ron Thomas? Kelly Thomas’s father-an intimate, eloquent, rightous depiction of the great father that Ron Thomas was and is

A quote from a blog post up at Friends for Fullerton’s Future Blog. They get so many comments on their posts, it’s like a paper like the WSJ. This one was number 24 of 282 comments… That number will grow. This comment like many on the blog, is a jewel. It is a tribute to Ron Thomas. Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! You were a great dad to Kelly Thomas. Your heart must break each time you hear that recording of your son calling out for you, his last words…Dad! Dad! dad!

“Shut your pie-hole you taint! Ron Thomas has been asked by the City of Fullerton to become chairman for a new Homeless/Mentally Ill support committee for the city. Why? Mainly to teach the police force and hopefully other ignorant bungholes like yourself, some of the behaviors of mentally ill people and how to effectively deal with them. This man cared for his son. He obtained conservatorship over his son. His son was spending the night at his house on a regular basis, but also chose to sleep elsewhere. He did many ‘tough love’ things with his son like placing him in psych wards when he was a little off, for ongoing evaluations and monitoring his meds. He had to physically restrain his son to do this on many occasions and did it very well without beating him or tasing him. GO AHEAD and tell us more about how Ron Thomas was not doing his job as a parent Mr. Killer Cop or Mr. Killer Cop’s wife!!!”

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog’s John Hrabe, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, with special guest Mark Cabaniss

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August 16, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Hrabe of CalWatchDog on the CA Redistricting, and Mark Cabaniss on his take on the Fullerton Police Department gang of 6 who should be prosecuted for murder and what the public needs to watch for and resist from the O.C. District Attorney.  We’ll discuss Ben’s on-line debate on the Parent Trigger for Education reform,  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villareigosa’s pronouncement today at a press club event calling for “reform” of Prop 13, and why is Ron Paul ignored as a top tier candidate? 


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To end police abuse, punish abusers By Mark Cabaniss, an attorney from Kelseyville, California, who has worked as a prosecutor and public defender in his former state of residency.

The Parent Trigger: A Positive Step or a Distraction for Improving Our Public Schools? an online debate featuring Ben Boychuk and Julie Cavanagh.

Mike Ward: Redistricting Panel Broke Law by John Hrabe of CalWatchDog.com

Carla Marinucci blogged today following LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls for overhaul of “corporate giveaway” in Prop. 13 “in a much-anticipated speech to the Sacramento Press Club today, urged progressives to “stand up to the idealogues” of the Tea Party and called for massive overhaul of state tax system — including Prop. 13 — to protect California’s future and resources, including education.”

I want to ask our panel, Why the media black out of Ron Paul’s 2nd place victory at the Iowa Ames Straw Poll on Saturday?

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It’s a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog‘s team of government policy watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce! 

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