September 19, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Fullerton may consider disbanding its police department to slash its budget, eliminating a century-old force that's under a cloud over the beating death of a homeless man.
The City Council may decide Tuesday night whether to ask the Orange County Sheriff's Department for a preliminary analysis - a first step toward a formal bid to take over police services.
The current police force has 144 officers and a budget of $37 million.
The department sparked a public outcry last year over the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill transient who died after a videotaped confrontation.
In the wake of his death, two officers were criminally charged, three left the force, the police chief retired and three council members were recalled.
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