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KELLY THOMAS VERDICT REACTION: Fullerton Police Chief, Mayor Asks Community to “Respect Verdict”

By Brian Hews

Reactions from two key officials in Fullerton in the not-guilty verdicts in the Kelly Thomas death case have been released late Monday afternoon just minutes after the decision was announced by an Orange County jury..

Dan Hughes, Fullerton’s Chief of Police, said, “We respect the jury’s verdict, and appreciate the consideration the jury gave to the evidence. We understand that there may be a wide variety of reactions to the verdict and encourage anybody who wishes to express their feelings to do so respectfully.”

Hughes also said, “Over the course of the past two and a half years the City of Fullerton Police Department has taken significant steps to make it the best department possible. As Fullerton’s new Police Chief, I will make sure those efforts continue so that our police department serves the community with honor, integrity and professionalism.”

Doug Chaffee, Fullerton’s Mayor, said  “Today, the jury has spoken and we respect the verdict.  I understand and appreciate how difficult this has been for the Thomas family. We appreciate not everyone may agree with the jury’s verdict.  But we trust that the community will respect the verdict and the juror’s decisions.”

“Over the course of the past two and a half years the City of Fullerton has taken the initiative to implement reforms to our police department so it can provide the best possible service to our community. As Fullerton’s new Mayor, I will continue to make certain those efforts continue,” Chaffee said.