Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Hollywood on Saturday to demand justice for Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who died after being beaten in an encounter with Fullerton police officers in July 2011.
Two of the officers involved in the incident, accused of causing Thomas’s death, were found not guilty on all charges by a jury last month.
The verdict was decried by protesters Saturday at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, at an event that the group Monday Night Mission promoted on its Facebook page.
The demonstration, billed as “5000 Angelenos For Kelly Thomas,” was also a call for “more humane treatment of our mentally ill,” organizers said.
Many who attended the rally carried signs, some of which read:
“I AM THE VOICE OF KELLY THOMAS,”
“The People of Skid Row Need Help!” and
“ACCOUNTABILITY FOR MURDER.”
Los Angeles police officers and L.A. County sheriff’s deputies were seen patrolling the area during the protest, which appeared peaceful.