The LiberalOC has learned that Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers is stepping down for a medical leave due to an unspecified illness. Sources say the leave could be 30 days to a year long.
Two Fullerton city council members, Sharon Quirk-Silva and Bruce Whitaker, have already called on Sellers to resign due to his inaction in suspending six officers in lieu of the fatal beating of Kelly Thomas, a 37 year old mentally-ill homeless man.
The medical leave removes the city council’s ability to fire Sellers outright. The reasons cited for his medical leave was not immediately available.
KOCE’s David Nazar will be guest hosting the Rick Reiff program and will dedicate the entire half hour to the Kelly Thomas issue. Nazar will interview Ron Thomas, Kelly’s father; Tony Rackauackas, the OC District Attorney; Bruce Whitaker, a Fullerton City Council member; Chris Thompson, a writer for the Friends for Fullerton’s Future blog; Jim Palmer, President of the OC Rescue Mission; and a psychiatrist specializing in Schizophrenia. The report will be posted on Voice of OC Wednesday night, and will air on PBS SoCal’s “Inside OC” on Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 p.m.