When Stigma Gets Brutal, [Mental Illness]

brutality“Dad, they’re killing me!” cried Kelly Thomas as he was beaten in the back of the skull until he was in a coma. “Daaad! Daaad!! Help me please!” were among his last words.

“What this means is that all of us need to be very afraid now,” said his father, Ron Thomas. “Its carte blanche for police officers everywhere to kill us, beat us, whatever they want. It has been proven right here today that they’ll get away with it.”

“I guess its legal to go out and kill,” said the victim’s mother, Cathy Thomas. “It breaks my heart. Part of me died that night with Kelly, part of me died that night, part of me died in court. I feel dead inside,” she said. “They got away with murdering my son.”

If you’re homeless, life can be challenging. If you’re homeless, and mentally ill– it seems you are doubly cursed. When you become a victim, life can be extinguished without prejudice and without recourse. The question must be asked: Wouldn’t an injection of Thorazine been easier than beating him to death? How very sad.

READ MORE: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/kelly-thomas/

I’m sorry to have had to post such a negative account on Brokenbelievers.com. Please forgive me if I offend. I’m certain that there were many other issues involved, but I understand how easily it is to trample on the least among us.



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Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alask.a (Actually I have it pretty good.)

5 thoughts on “When Stigma Gets Brutal, [Mental Illness]”

  1. My heart goes out to all the family and friends of Kelly Thomas, I will pray for them. The picture of the little child inside the man is heart wrenching. My nephew was shot and killed by the police; the cruelty of the way he died still haunts me five years later. It makes me long for Jesus more and more; every time I hear a story of such horrid cruelty the only comfort I can find is in knowing that this world is not our home. My sister always says to me that she has found her comfort in God, because God lost His Son too. I won’t forget Kelly Thomas <3


  2. Bryan, I am sorry that such a thing could happen, but you should not be sorry for posting about it. This is am important story that people need to be aware of. We need to stand up for the “widows and orphans”, those without a voice. Thank you for sharing this. Peace, Linda


  3. Demonic. When Satan rules in hearts this is what we get. I am so thankful that Jesus sees and hears every single thing. I have to take comfort in this life being but a vapor compared to eternity. He has my tears saved up and yours too. God bless.


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