Fullerton Police have said from the beginning that they were responding to a report of a man trying to open car doors when they confronted Kelly Thomas last July. They have never publicly identified where that report came from, although rumors have long pointed to the Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Kitchen.
A bouncer who was fired from the Slidebar now claims in a lawsuit that a manager called police that evening and falsely claimed that Thomas was breaking into cars. Michael Reeves says in his suit that Thomas was really doing nothing more than picking up cigarette butts.
Did a false police report set in motion the series of events that ended with half a dozen Fullerton officers tackling and beating an unarmed homeless man to death?