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Amid controversy, Fullerton police chief extends leave

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

September 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers has extended his medical leave amid calls from city council members that he resign.

Sellers abruptly took leave in August while facing mounting pressure to answer questions about the controversial death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man who died after being beaten by officers while being arrested.

Sellers's leave will last at least another 30 days.

The six Fullerton police officers involved with the beating of Thomas are on administrative leave.

The city has hired an independent investigator to examine the case.

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