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Fullerton may hold vote to recall 3 councilmen

Kelly Thomas

February 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The effort to recall three Fullerton city councilmen for their handling of the Kelly Thomas death investigation has qualified for the ballot.

The required 10,000 signatures were gathered to force a vote on a recall of council members F. Dick Jones, Don Bankhead and Pat McKinley.

They were criticized for not immediately demanding the release of city-owned surveillance video showing the beating of Thomas.

Thomas was a mentally ill homeless man who died following a violent confrontation with police. Two Fullerton police officers have been charged in connection with his death.

The signatures have been validated, and the City Council will certify them at a Feb. 21 meeting.

The council has discretion on the election date, and they can choose to hold a special election or to consolidate it with the June 5 presidential primary.