While We Were Away: AJ’s Story


For a few weeks now, we have been looking back on the fraud, waste and abuse that occurred in Fullerton during our hiatus. And we’ve had a few good laughs, unfortunately at our own expense. But Friends, today things are about to take a more sinister turn. Why? Because the story involves not only misuse of public funds, but also police surveillance of lawful activity, police assault on citizens, and the punitive misuse the criminal justice system by the cops and the district attorney.

This story from 2014 is best told in the colorful language of Mr. Stephen Baxter, and so FFFF gives you his words:

These photos, all captured on Jan 18th 2014, by OC Weekly photographer, Josue Rivas, document the temporary escape of Aj Redkey, aka Anaheim James, one of the most peaceful protesters I know, a member of in-league press, and perhaps my best friend on the planet.

We had organized a protest in reaction to the acquittal of a OC jury of the three Fullerton Police officers charged in the murder of a local homeless man, named Kelly Thomas. AJ had been filming the protest all day, because cops behave better when they know they are being filmed, so when the decision was made to break up our protest and arrest people, those filming were the first targeted by the police. These cops actually tried to run AJ down in their car, AJ leaped the hood Starsky and Hutch style, and Josue captured the rest seconds later.

After monitoring our FB page (this according to the police report) 3 months later AJ was arrested at an Autism event in Pasadena. Six Fullerton cops drove to Pasadena to arrest my peaceful friend. Why? because by him outrunning them he had embarrassed fat, slow, over paid cops with giant egos.

After spending almost $10,000 defending these charges at a jury trial, All charges against AJ were dropped.

The sad fact is that “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE” Don’t fool yourself.

Also, AJ IS A FUCKING HERO. HE COULD HAVE PLEAD FOR A $500 FINE, INSTEAD HE FOUGHT IT AND FACED 6 MONTHS IN JAIL. HOW MANY OF US WOULD HAVE THE STONES TO DO THAT?

Now ask yourself how many resources and how much of your tax dollars were wasted by Fullerton PD and the DA’s office.

Does any of this shit matter to you? If not, your are the fucking problem.

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  1. #1 by The Wide Blue Waistband on January 26, 2017

    The whole thing seems frighteningly predatory on the part of our heroes.

  2. #2 by Joe Sipowicz on January 26, 2017

    That guy can move. Can you imaging Coffman or Hampton or Kirk trying to catch that jackrabbit? I’d pay to see that!

  3. #3 by Johnny Donut on January 26, 2017

    This was an attempt by the Fullerton police department to silence their most vocal critic.

    It’s disgusting and un-American.

  4. #4 by TRUTH WILL PREVAIL on January 26, 2017

    A’J IS A TOTAL FRAUD … AND SO ARE THE PHOTOSHOPED PICS

    • #5 by Joe Sipowicz on January 26, 2017

      He’s a Hero and Deserves.

    • #6 by The Fullerton Harpoon on January 26, 2017

      Yes those pictures do look doctored. I like them.

      • #7 by Kellye de la Rosa on January 27, 2017

        Fullerton Harpoon we were there when this all took place! None of the photos are Photo Shopped! AJ is a Good guy! To those of you who say otherwise GO F YOURSELF!

        • #8 by nipsey on January 27, 2017

          To be fair, unless real life is in black and white then at least a little bit of adjustment has happened.

          • #9 by Tony boo on January 27, 2017

            *wins Vespa

    • #10 by Boadicea on January 26, 2017

      No, you are a fraud who has very poor spelling

    • #11 by S33knTruth on January 27, 2017

      Lol..i was thergathers are real and so is aj.. Ive been to 100s of gatherings with aj, he is real and does his best to protect the people and keeps cops on camera…

      • #12 by S33knTruth on January 27, 2017

        Pics are real*

    • #13 by Jean Thaxton on January 27, 2017

      Nope, that was real. I was there!! I remember following along with AJ as he live recorded his escape.

    • #14 by Laura on January 27, 2017

      Lmfao morning about the pics are photoshopped. #TeamAJ

    • #16 by Fsc on January 27, 2017

      Lel, sure, you’re not some swine or Dan Joyce, right?

      • #17 by Shhhh... on January 27, 2017

        quiet…we shall not speak his name for he will appear….

    • #18 by Kellye de la Rosa on January 27, 2017

      Who the FUCK are U to say that? AJ is far from a FRAUD! He was Targeted! We are Kelly’s ARMY! Your probably a POS SCUMBAG from FPD! You better Watch Out!

    • #19 by reflex on January 27, 2017

      sorry but i saw it go down. not doctored.

  5. #20 by Lisa CSUF on January 26, 2017

    AJ, Fullerton hero!! The surveillance of citizens who peacefully want to improve our community is a reality getting worse by the minute. The internet is an open book for cops to browse and locate anyone at their will

    • #21 by The Fullerton Harpoon on January 26, 2017

      Which is why on-line discretion is such a good idea.

      • #22 by just a guy on January 26, 2017

        Eh, if they didn’t find him online they would’ve just kicked in his door and wrecked his house.

  6. #23 by Destiny Dawn on January 26, 2017

    Watching the video of AJ’s escape from being run down by that police vehicle is both exhilarating and terrifying. It is taken from his POV from his own phone. Just before he is almost hit by the moving police vehicle you can hear the look-out whistling like crazy for him to watch out.

    The police that picked AJ up in Pasadena did not call ahead for permission or give the local precinct a heads-up that they would be coming in at all for an arrest. After six months they decided to make a further statement on what they were willing to do and what they were capable of….It really is very scary.

    Short version with shit quality>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7qODjZWBVY
    Long version with slightly better quality, set up to running beging about the 8 minute mark >>> http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/42854489

    • #24 by TRUTH WILL PREVAIL on January 27, 2017

      Your delusional

      • #25 by Tony boo on January 27, 2017

        *you’re

      • #26 by Destiny Dawn on January 27, 2017

        I don’t feel that finding police abuse and overreach frightening to be delusional. I find that concern to be very based in reality.

      • #27 by reflex on January 27, 2017

        homphones are the truth

  7. #29 by just a guy on January 26, 2017

    The cost of this malicious prosecution should come out of the cops’ paychecks.

  8. #30 by Martin B on January 26, 2017

    Dan Hughes is a terrible human being for pushing this prosecution of an innocent man.

    • #31 by Anonymous on January 26, 2017

      Dan HUGHES embodies the HUGE fraud of FPD reform

      • #32 by Too Much on January 26, 2017

        Dan Hughes is a corrupt piece of shit. I hope he gets sick on the teacups and ruins his bowtie.

  9. #33 by Marlena on January 26, 2017

    Pay close attention @ 0:15. Hear Fred’s boys (FPD and AJ) discuss arresting the protesters. Aj live streamed the conversation and then told US (you did’t hear that.) He is a gypsy grifter of the most despicable type.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzEg23jWA8c

    Fred instructed the FPD, the FPD followed his orders. Why do you think Kelly never got Justice?

    • #34 by Joe Sipowicz on January 26, 2017

      I don’t get what you are saying and/or implying. Please elaborate.

    • #35 by S33knTruth on January 27, 2017

      Nobody followed aj’s orders?
      But yes Ron did tell the pigs to arrest the protesters.

    • #36 by Tony boo on January 27, 2017

      https://youtu.be/ioYO6U5WG2Y
      1:17
      “They said if you don’t want to get arrested head north or west” -aj

      • #37 by TRUTH WILL PREVAIL on January 27, 2017

        No that is NOT what they said … it was Ron Thomas telling the cops to arrest protesters … the cops gave Ron Thomas a 2 minute warning and Ron Thomas is seen talking to a female tellitelling her to leave as AJ is filming … AJ gave no truth to anyone

        • #38 by Josephine Cubbage on January 27, 2017

          This statement is illogical and completely fabricated. The fact that you are intentionally trying to discredit a person’s reputation with falsehood makes you libel.

        • #39 by Jean Thaxton on January 27, 2017

          I was right there and heard the whole conversation that day. When the cops told Ron some protesters were causing property damage, throwing tables and trying to trash the outside of a restaurant (that falsely reported Kelly’s activities the night he was murdered) , and that they were tagging and spray painting the walls of the buildings, the cops told Ron they were going to arrest them. What was Ron supposed to do? Argue with the cop? The people doing property damage was not even part of that big peaceful protest that day. We all saw them and they are the ones who the cops initially were after, or who the cops told Ron they were going after. PM Beers and AJ were just trying to film what was going on, but the cops being their arrogant selves didn’t want to be filmed of their brutal actions and instead of going after the anarchists (all dressed in black) causing the property damage, they focused on AJ and PM Beers. A lot of the conversation of Ron talking to the cops (they approached him) was edited out, making him appear to be working with the cops. Nothing could be further from the truth. The photos of AJ are real, not photoshopped!!

    • #40 by CC on January 27, 2017

      You pathetic piece of crap. You were the one out there causing desperation and division. Your just jealous We all forgot about you years ago. I’ll take it as a compliment you still remember him.

    • #41 by Kellye de la Rosa on January 27, 2017

      Marlena as much as I wish “U” were WRONG! Truly “U” were RIGHT about FRED Ron Thomas! Kelly Thomas will NEVER EVER get any JUSTICE! It is like he didn’t matter! He Mattered!

  10. #42 by Marlena on January 26, 2017

    Let me cc this for you.

    Fred: The tagging and all this crap, they need to go to jail. Blocking cars and beating up news people.
    AJ: You didn’t hear that.
    FPD: When it comes to doing our job and that is what we are going to do right now. However we do fully appreciate you guys cooperating with us. But we are going to clear this intersection in about a minute or 2.

    Fred told the FPD to arrest protester that he invited to come. Then got a 2 minute heads up to leave. AJ knew good and well what was about to happen and he didn’t inform others. He also went and played the part of a provocateur.

    • #43 by Anonymous on January 26, 2017

      Marlena
      I’m confused. Was AJ supposed to shout out loud to the crowds, “disperse because police is going to make you disperse”? Are you saying AJ knew before hand who was going to be arrested?

    • #44 by Joe Sipowicz on January 26, 2017

      Still confused.

    • #45 by J.O. on January 27, 2017

      Your an idiot. You weren’t even there that day. Just go away already

    • #46 by Tony boo on January 27, 2017

      I think you have an unhealthy obsession with aj @Marlene.

      Here is the whole clip, just in case you wanted to sidestep drama

      https://youtu.be/ioYO6U5WG2Y

  11. #47 by Fullertonion on January 26, 2017

    Shouting out loud at the crowds “disburse” is doing the police job

  12. #48 by TRUTH WILL PREVAIL on January 26, 2017

    AYNOMOUS TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION YES AJ HAD THE OBLIGATION TO STOP AND ASK RON THOMAS WHY HE WAS TELLING THE FULLERTON POLICE TO ARREST ANY PROTESTER … IN RON THOMAS’S DIRECT STATEMENT HE SAYS … “PUNCHING A NEWS REPORTER ” … OK THAT WAS NONE ORHER THAN P.M. BEERS … AJ’ S GOOD FRIEND … AJ HAD THE KNOWLEDGE AND INSTEAD TOLD THE PUBLIC “YOU DIDN’T HEAR THAT” … THAT IS TOTALLY DISGUSTING … AND PROFF POSITIVE THAT AJ HAD ANTERIOR MOTIVES AND FAILED AS A JOURNALIST RITE THEN AND THERE …. AND AFTER THE ARREST P.M. BEERS SAW THIS VIDEO AND IT REALLY PUT A’J INTO A BAD LIGHT … GET IT STRAIGHT AJ AND HIS GOOD BUDDY RYAN MOORE ARE FUCKING FRAUDS

    • #49 by Anonymous on January 26, 2017

      Truth will prevail,
      Yup. Thanks for explaining

    • #50 by Joe Sipowicz on January 26, 2017

      I’m sorry, but I can’t figure out what the Hell you are yelling about.

    • #51 by Tony boo on January 27, 2017

      Keith slanders, here is the whole clip, you lying weasel

      https://youtu.be/ioYO6U5WG2Y

      • #52 by Keith on January 27, 2017

        I see part of my name here … so I will ask what you are asking I ask in my own name only about the pictures.. nothing more nothing less .. read the thread

    • #53 by KG's Nemesis on January 27, 2017

      Lay of the drugs. PM Beers was not the woman involved with the news camera person nor was she arrested at or near FPD. You clearly weren’t there. Watching from a rooftop porch or hearsay does not give you intelligence or insight. Crawl back on your knees. Oh and learn grammar and how to spell while you’re at it ffs.

  13. #54 by Bax Baxter on January 26, 2017

    The photo’s are not doctored. They were taken by photographer Josue Rivas of the OC Weekly. If anyone cares to they can confirm this with the weekly. I do art shows, i’ve worked with lots of photographs, anyone that thinks these are doctored is lier and/or an idiot. AJ put himself in harms way on the day of our protest and he continues to do that on many days. PM Beers, another live streamer, and AJ decided to fight the charges together, at the same trial, they are good friends. charges were dropped on both of them after a hung jury and a week in court. If there is anything I’ve learned in that last 5 years is that paranoia is rampant among activist. I”ve discovered that taking on the cops requires one to be either exceedingly brave or fucking nuts. We had many among us who were the latter. AJ was, and continues to be the former. Mind you, during the 3 months that he was on the lamb and they claim they were looking for him, he was stayng at my former house in Fullerton, about block from the tree that was murdered on election night, he attended council meetings, he even posed for pictures with the mayor (dumbass Chaffee at the time) and attended a protest in front of the police station where their is footage of him holding conversation with a captain with FPD. And they could not find him?!!! The person charged with punching the reporter ended up staying at my house before her sentencing, and AJ and I accompanied her the day that she had to turn herself in to serve her sentance. She ended up spending more time in jail than any of the cops tthat killed Kelly. I don’t know why people that want justice for Kelly are constantly eating their own, but it’s fucking old news. Now back to business: His arrest and prosecution was pay back. It’s that fucking simply, and the resources they spent to arrest him are criminal. 6 cops, 3 vehicles, 35 miles out of jurisdiction, monitoring our facebook pages, a 177 page police report, 47 cops at our protest, jesus I could go on. His arrest was so controversial it was even put on the city council agenda. Here is what I had to say at that meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jXMm2msric. But guess what, no one gives a fuck. No one at FPD or the DA got as much as a dressing down. Yet we continue.

  14. #55 by Bax Baxter on January 27, 2017

    And one more thing. if you live locally, if you pretend to care, and if you still make unsupported claims about these photographs being doctored, let me ask you: WHY THE FUCK WERE YOU NOT THERE YOURSELF? Why did the acquittal of six cops in the murder of a homeless man on camera, not inspire you to show up at this protest. If you had, you like so many others, would have witnessed AJ’s escape from the cops. I am willing to wager the material possession which I love more than any other material possession I own, my near perfect 1974 Vespa Super. If you prove me wrong about those photo’s being doctored I will sign the Vespa over to you and you can sell it for around $3,000. If you can’t do so within 30 days, all I ask is that you never address this subject again. So to recap. If I’m wrong you get a perfect and beautiful Vespa, + my humiliation, and if you loose, you simply shut the fuck up. How does that sound? I would really love it if stupid ass claims on this blog, were required to hold people accountable. My credibility is in tact, and I resent any bullshit trolls, who attempt to waterdown what is actually a rather important issue. Namely our local government targeting those who effectively bring attention to their corruption and misuse of power. Stand by your statement, or fuck the fuck off.

    • #56 by TRUTH WILL PREVAIL on January 27, 2017

      THEY ARE COMPLETELY PHOTOSHOPED … AND AJ WAS AN INSTIGATOR AND NEVER PUT HIMSELF IN HARM’S WAY … HE WAS A CHEERLEADER HIRED BY RON THOMAS TO MAKE FULLERTON POLICE LOOK BAD … AJ AND RYAN MOORE WERE PAID BY RON THOMAS TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INTEREST ON A FAILED STORY AS RON THOMAS KNEW FROM THE GATE NO COP WOULD SPEND ONE DAY IN JAIL … SO AJ AND RYAN MOORE CREATED A DISTRACTION FOR THE PUBLIC TO KEEP A FALSE BELIEVE WHILE RON THOMAS WAS SOLELY LOOKING AT HOW MUCH MONEY HE COULD GET ….

      • #57 by T-REX on January 27, 2017

        RAWR! CAPITAL LETTERS, SO IT MUST BE TRUE!

      • #58 by S33knTruth on January 27, 2017

        Nobody followed aj’s orders?
        But yes Ron did tell the pigs to arrest the protesters.

      • #59 by Josephine Cubbage on January 27, 2017

        I know these people that you are making these false claims about. They are truth seekers that have never resembled this nonsense that you describe. Your whole story is completely rediculous.

      • #60 by A loving devil on January 28, 2017

        I suspect that you are a semi professional troll. Your spelling and grammar obviously preventing you from going pro. Desperate to cling to the illusion that the police serve and protect everyone as long as everyone is just like you? Even with the faceless mask that the internet provides you seem overly entitled. I would even guess that you are a white male Christian who believes that the United States was founded on God.

    • #61 by J.O. on January 27, 2017

      Was right there next to AJ Bax…. that shit wasn’t photoshopped. Guarantee that…

  15. #62 by Scott W on January 27, 2017

    Is this fucking serious? This conversation. The photos were shopped? What is that “Alternative facts”? This is about as lame as it fucking gets! Conspiracy shit, layered with sum bullshit. Bax is right, you lost the Vespa vote, now fuck off!
    Spit!

  16. #63 by Joe Sipowicz on January 27, 2017

    Well, the moonbats and wingnuts are having fun.

  17. #64 by damion young survivors on January 27, 2017

    when i first met aj he was risking his life to protect the peace in anaheim during the uprising. since then, he has repeatedly offered everything he has to families facing this overwhelming terror. i have participated in over 400 protests against police terror, and NOT ONCE have i seen aj be anything less than supportive, compassionate, and courageous. i love him.

    • #65 by Zia on January 27, 2017

      Truth beyond measure!! AJ is a hero to many. My kids were with me that day as well as Donna Acevedo, Sara Hertl and all of their children. One of my teenagers was with AJ and came to warn us the police were itching to escalate things. If it weren’t for AJ, things would have been worse for the families trying to be peaceful. AJ put himself on the front line, made himself a center of focus. The teenaged child that came to warn us that day stayed and saw the whole thing. There is no photoshopping. I love AJ!! He has proven himself to be nothing less than a hero to my family. As a mother, to have such excellent examples of bravery , commitment, passion and strong moral character for my teens and young adults is miraculous. We are very blessed and honored to know AJ. Anyone that did not directly witness that day has no merit in their opinion of the reality of the events or photos. Those who saw it know the truth. Those who claim to have been there and lie about it are provocateurs. Plain and simple!

      • #66 by Fullerton Lover on January 27, 2017

        I agree wholly with your character assessment of AJ’s altruism.

        I only wish there were more individuals with heart’s as big as A. J.’s

  18. #67 by van on January 27, 2017

    Fullerton PD still out of control, still self-serving, still a menace to the good people of Fullerton. We have the right to video, photograph anyone or event that is held in public, that legal line between public and right to privacy established a long time ago in our court system, we have the right to assemble in public and right to comment on what we see done in public, its the right to free speech. Fullerton PD must be disbanded immediately as we the taxpayers are running out of money to keep paying court costs, settlements to the victims of Fullerton PD

  19. #68 by Sweet1eaf on January 27, 2017

    Beware, of Silicon/Botox fembots, so insecure and lonely they need to fabricate stories about people less fortunate. I recommend you go spend more money on plastic surgery

  20. #69 by Freeway on January 27, 2017

    There are 3 or 4 people that showed their true colors long ago and started hating on anyone fighting for justice for Kelly Thomas.
    The fact that you never hear anything from them about actual police brutality ever, but mention AJ and they resurface. I actually feel bad for them but wonder if they were not in league with the FPD the whole time.

    • #70 by Josephine Cubbage on January 27, 2017

      I remember these troublemakers from years ago. They have tried to discredit you guys before this for their own agenda. I think they consider the protests a popularity contest that they lost. It’s hard to shine in a sky full of stars.

  21. #72 by Keith on January 27, 2017

    I wonder if Jose Rivas can put the original pictures up … these pictures are black and white … there should be shadows under aj .. there is a lot of questions about the pictures .. I assume there is a reasonable expectation that can be said by Jose Rivas posting up the original color pics … they must exist

  22. #73 by Jane Rands on January 27, 2017

    Thank God AJ prevailed in court.
    Thank you AJ for standing up for your rights, our rights, and the rights of Kelly Thomas (though the Feds decided he had none).
    Thank you for this blog and thank you to Bax for defending his friend and comrade in the fight for justice. You’re right Bax, we need to work together.

  23. #74 by Destiny Dawn on January 27, 2017

    Good morning, kiddos.

    The focus of this article started and should remain on the overreach and desperate actions of an ego-driven police department. There will always be voices that just yell and scream into the night against whatever they choose (you’ve been on the internet lately, this isn’t surprising), but in this case it is only distracting from the offense that should be getting our whole attention.

    Most of us know what AJ has done for us individually and for the whole of our community. I’m certain there could be dozens of more comments about his merits and generosity of spirit, but that stops the discussion about what to do when the police are so brazen that not only do they continue their abusive powerhold on the public they are sworn to protect, but they also feel the need to go out of their way to punish anyone bold enough to film them and hold them accountable. I don’t want to stop the obvious love-fest going on here, but how can we ensure that we as a public can exercise our legal right to film the police without cops deciding we need to be picked up in Arizona and ‘accidentally’ transported to Mexico to be deposited without our passports?

  24. #75 by Charlotte on January 27, 2017

    I to stand behind AJ and you Bax.
    I left my home in Vegas to get J4K. From the day I met AJ, I have had the highest respect for this man. He is a wonderful human being. I’ll never forget all the times He helped me and so many others and it was always out of love and compassion :-).
    And justice. Did you know Hes Heaven sent to? One day He showed up at my door with a puppy and said Hes for you and wil be good for you dad. Well not long after that, my dad got very Ill, and that dog baby AJ every morning till dad’s dying day would spend much time on daddy’s death bed making him smile. And giving him kisses till the day he’d died.a few months ago. I’m eternally grateful to have him as a friend.

  25. #76 by Bax Baxter on January 27, 2017

    Keith, I have credibility, even with you, and I posted these photo’s. I was perhaps the first member of the public to see them because the photog met me at the Magoski art gallery about an hour after they were taken. I had not spoken to AJ yet, I did not know what his wishes would be, so I asked Josue to not publish these, as I felt they would put AJ in jeopardy of being arrested. I viewed these and many others on his camera view. I believe these photo’s were not published until after the arrest. Most were never published. there might be 50 more. If you don’t believe me prove me wrong. That’s your obligation not mine. Perhaos you can find them at the OC Weekly site, and compare what I have posted to what they have posted. If they match, and if you still don’t believe them to be true,. you can take your bullshit battle up with the OC Weekly. Do your homework, then open your mouth. I think you will find that if you do things in that order, that your mouth would open far less often.

    NOW – what about the unfair practices of targeting crits of the department? They used their power and it cost AJ almost $10,000 not to mention his freedom. the poor dude had to take a job at solar city installing panels on rich peoples homes to pay for this. That’s the biggest crime yet. My boy is too pretty to work hard labor . 🙂

    • #77 by Bax Baxter on January 27, 2017

      Also Keith, like a good, and credible reporter Josue, is where he needs to be. He left for Standing Rock a few days ago, and he has been there before documenting history. So until he returns why don’t you go prove yourself wrong by doing a little google work. Then later he can confirm for you that you are wrong. Sound fun?

      • #78 by Keith on January 27, 2017

        Baxter … do you recall that I was in a video that Jose Rivas produced ??? He approached me to guide him to some homeless people and activists … one in particular Donna Simmons … see I met Jose and saw his work up close and personal … I believe that that video I spoke up for all homeless and family’s that were in need of housing … most seriously he edited the video … but that video was powerful … and done with good intentions … we in that video spoke as one nobody shined or took major credit … not even you as you were in it …

    • #79 by Keith on January 27, 2017

      All I asked is about Jose Rivas posting up the original color pics nothing more nothing less

  26. #80 by streets of fullerton on January 27, 2017

    I’m in the second photo . None of us standing there was expecting four officers to suddenly jump out of the vehicle.Great pictures. Its just that photos can seem larger than life sometimes. Now if you want to see a photo that’s been doctored, I would love to hear a discussion on this one… http://media.museumofhoaxes.com.s3.amazonaws.com/1964oslife_thumb.jpg looks like a cardboard cutout about to fall over.

  27. #82 by Evan Senn on January 27, 2017

    I was lucky enough to know AJ very well for a while, a few years ago. He is one of most amazing people I have met in my life, and even more specifically, one of the most proactive, loving, kind hearted and selfless human beings I’ve even had the pleasure to get to know. I will always stand behind whatever cause he supports, and am so proud that humans like him exist in this awful and cruel world.

  28. #83 by reflex on January 27, 2017

    I was there. not doctored. fastest kid alive. I was also there in Pasadena. What a farce and waste of taxpayer money

  29. #84 by MBrown on January 27, 2017

    Lol at the folks in these comments who think those photos are doctored. What would even be the point? Didn’t even know this site was still active. Lotsa good info here in the heat of the fightback for Kelly Thomas. This was a good source for us following developments from afar before we got personally involved. Damn shame what happened with that whole thing, the whole case. Too many opportunists, conspiracy theorists whack-jobs and bad politics involved to advance justice for Kelly Thomas. People all over Southern California were rooting for Fullerton, because they were able to get indictments against killer-police vis-a-vis being loud as fuck in the streets and through the recall campaign. Aside from that, everybody already said what needed to be said: AJ’s a stand up dude, and one of several members of what’s left of Kelly’s Army that’s stood with families fighting cop terror all up and down this state. I’ve got his back til’ the end, and stand with him as a brother-in-struggle.

  30. #85 by Ashley on January 27, 2017

    Personally knowing aj myself … I can say that he puts more effort into life in a day than most do in 3 years. He is friendly and compassionate… a very very real person. Wether you agree with Him or not, the guy will make you look like you’re sitting still. lol.

  31. #86 by YourMom on January 27, 2017

    Truth Will Prevail – You have no idea what you are talking about or you are intentionally misrepresenting the truth. See, the problem is that you don’t know how to think. You see a blue uniform and you’re still stuck in your kindergarten brain. You know, the one that saw cartoons of smiling officers and was told that they are always right and helping people. Your simple little brain decided that it wouldn’t evolve beyond that.

    But life isn’t that simple. It is highly complex and the reality is that some bad people get to put on that uniform that your infantile little brain just wants to smile at. They lie. They cheat. They behave like the people they arrest. They use their badge and smiling uniform to enact their racism and they kill people. Some of those people who you defend with your wide brush are pieces of shit who don’t deserve to be defended. But you do it anyway and that makes you a piece of shit. A stupid piece of shit. Who knows, maybe you are one of those assholes who wears the uniform in order to abuse it.

    AJ, Ryan Moore, and Steve are pretty fucking epic. They see injustice and they point it out. They stand up for the people that your heroes abuse. They help tell the true story of the reality we all live in and for that they deserve massive props.

    So fuck you. And your mom.

  32. #87 by Keith on January 27, 2017

    TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED , I WANT TO MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR … I CAME FORWARD IN 2011 TO PROTEST A TERRIBLE SITUATION .. KELLY THOMAS WAS A PERSONAL KNOWN FRIEND OF MINE SINCE THE LATE 90’S … I STOOD SEPARATE FROM THE CROWD OF PEOPLE WHO NEVER KNEW HIM … I DID NOT JOIN KELLY’S ARMY … I DID HOWEVER MEET MOST OF YOU BECAUSE WE STOOD SIDE BY SIDE ALMOST DAILY … WE STOOD FOR ONE CAUSE PUTTING THE COPS IN JAIL …. MONEY WAS NEVER THE MOTIVATION … BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE IN THE END FOR A FEW … SADLY THE JURY OF 12 SAID NOT GUILTY… AND COPS WENT FREE … INSTEAD OF ANY PROTESTER QUESTIONING THE JURY … YOU ALL WENT AFTER THE COPS CREATING ONE OF THE WORST DAYS IN FULLERTON PROTEST HISTORY … SEE THEY HAD NO ANSWER.. BUT TO THIS DAY 12 PEOPLE DO AND NOBODY HAS EVER QUESTIONED THEM … NOW AS OF TODAY MANY POSITIVE CHANGES HAVE DEVELOPED … AS FAR AS THE COPS ARE CONCERNED … THEY HAVE BODY CAMERAS , THEY HAVE NOT BEATEN ANY HOMELESS PERSON … THEY HAVE A GOOD REPORE WITH THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY … THEY ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING THAT IS OUT OF LINE ON THE STREETS … SO THE HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE AT EASE WITH HOW THE GPS IS ACTING … I DARE SAY ANYONE CAN SAY I AM WRONG … I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT EVERYONE MADE SOME TYPE OF DIFFERENCE TO AID THE CHANGES … NOT ONE THAT SHINES ABOVE ANYONE … THERE ARE NO HEROES ONLY HUMBLE PEOPLE … AND THE HUMBLE SHOULD RECOGNIZE THAT KELLY THOMAS DESERVES TO R.I.P. AND ALL THIS BULLSHIT FIGHTING AND CREDIT TAKING SHOULD CEASE ONCE AND FOR ALL

    • #88 by T-REX on January 27, 2017

      RAWR! T-REX LOVES YOUR CAPITAL LETTERS!

      • #89 by Keith on January 27, 2017

        it’s a mistake … capital letters …But typing my comments under my name ends all suspicious thinking

    • #90 by Lisa CSUF on January 27, 2017

      You are wrong. FPD pull over residents without cause.-it’s happened to me several times-. FPD doesn’t enforce the law when a club member violates the law-Joe Felz-. The body cameras produce videos which are evidence under police custody, which allows the police a delay of disclosure/discovery and to prepare an account of events fitting to a video evidence, only possessed by them, and said account not necessarily corresponds to how the events really unfolded. It has taken up to one year or longer in some cases to release police incriminating videos.

      • #91 by Keith on January 27, 2017

        Nope … I am out in the homeless community daily … I see positive changes … that’s fact

        • #92 by Lisa CSUF on January 27, 2017

          I disagree based on my personal experience and based on what I see and talked about with neighbors and friends. What I will grant to you is that now they are better at covering up and at PR

    • #93 by Bax Baxter on January 27, 2017

      Jesus Keith …everything you have said so far is either irrelevant or wrong. I’m glad the the police are showing a little contrition after six of their own murdered a homeless person. Awesome, but awesomely relevant. This post was about city officials (police and DA) targeting protesters and wasting tax dollars. Your contribution to that topic was to question the authenticity of the photographs and editorialize on Ron Thomas and your former pals all had a go at AJ. The reason so many people have posted to defend AJ is because he was slandered. Now you want to act like the voice of reason and and say that fighting should “cease once and for all”. Fine. Lets do that. But it will require you to either prove that photos are doctored or to apologize for questioning my credibility. Or really just bugger off. until you muster up the ability to contribute something on topic and/or substantiate your claim. Enjoy your weekend.

      • #94 by Keith on January 27, 2017

        I only asked if Jose Rivas can put the original pictures up … simply put… that’s a fair request to end all questions … and last time I saw you Baxter you had nothing bad to say to me … voice of reason should be with all not one

        • #95 by Anonymous on January 27, 2017

          You must admit Bax post was right on. You digressed

          • #96 by Keith on January 27, 2017

            Once the original pictures side by side are posted by Jose Rivas himself i assume the original pictures are color and different … we can see them and move forward till then there is nothing to admit … I give Baxter the benefit of the doubt … but can’t and won’t offer any apology for the unknown …

  33. #97 by Bax Baxter on January 27, 2017

    You’re a bit of douche aren’t you Dr. Feelgood. No matter, carry on.

    • #98 by Fullerton Lover on January 27, 2017

      I agree with you on all counts Bax. 

      Great to see that you haven’t lost one iota of the courage to speak up Bax to those in power, and the compassion to listen to those who aren’t.

  34. #99 by Bax Baxter on January 28, 2017

    I sent the photog a link to this and he told me he would take a look. I’ve not heard back, but I imagine he has his hands full in South Dakota. Thanks for being reasonable. I’ll accept your reasonableness in lieu of the apology. 🙂

    • #100 by Anonymous on January 28, 2017

      Has he changed jobs & is building pipelines now?

  35. #101 by AJ controversy on January 28, 2017

    That’s in North Dakota

    • #102 by Bax Baxter on January 28, 2017

      I’m a dick. thanks for correcting me. I never thought I’d give a shit about the Dakotas until very recently.

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