U.S. police beating death payout agreed

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A southern California city agrees a $4.9 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of homeless man beaten by two then-police officers. Paul Chapman reports.

U.S. police beating death payout agreed

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The two officers seen beating and tasering Kelly Thomas in the southern California city of Fullerton were cleared of any criminal charges over his death.

Four years later the city’s agreed to pay nearly five million dollars to settle a wrongful death action.

The settlement came on the day a trial was due to start.

The homeless man’s father Ron Thomas says the agreement to pay speaks volumes.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) RON THOMAS, FATHER OF KELLY THOMAS, SAYING:

“I don’t care about their clause in it that says they’re not admitting liability. That says, that screams, we know we’re liable.”

The death of Thomas in 2011 triggered angry street protests.

The officers approached the unarmed man to question him about reports of vandalised cars.

Prosecutors in the criminal trial which acquitted them of wrongdoing last year said they’d turned a routine encounter into an unnecessary and savage beating.

Fullerton City officials say the settlement amount was pending final approval by insurers.

A one million dollar payout to Thomas’s mother was separately agreed earlier.

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