DA won't release Fullerton officers' names

By the Associated Press | August 25, 2011 | 12:55 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say the Fullerton Police Department received a "significant" number of threats made against the six police officers involved in a violent fight that left a mentally ill homeless man dead.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/qo0cRi) reported Wednesday that the district attorney's office declined to release the officers' names out of concern for their safety. The newspaper had sought the names under California's open-records law.

Prosecutors listed 19 examples of threats made after Kelly Thomas died in a confrontation that was captured on camera and sparked international outrage. They included a call to dispatchers warning that a bomb will go off and a letter that stated the officers deserved death.

The DA's office, which is investigating Thomas' death, says it'll release the names when it decides whether to bring charges.