Yep, the chest crushing is part of the beating. Don't like it? Take it up with common sense. Either you're being facetious or you don't understand that a beating doesn't just involve hitting somebody with a baton. The fact that they crushed his chest is also part of the beating. In effect, they beat him to death.Aruna Singhania, an Orange County coronerís office pathologist, testified that Thomas died of brain damage from lack of oxygen caused by chest compression and injuries to his face.
Coroner's testimony in Kelly Thomas beating challengedSinghania said that after examining Thomas' body she couldn't determine the cause of death but reached a conclusion about three months later after conducting a toxicology report, a microscopic review and watching the video of the 2011 beating.