Kelly Thomas was a mentally ill, homeless man beaten to death by the police in Fullerton, California. The police were found “Not Guilty”, despite having the obvious crime on video and audio. Kelly can be heard pleading for his last breaths and screaming out that he was sorry.
Here’s the shocking audio and video of one of the most obvious cases of police brutality and murder I have ever seen. Be warned though it is very graphic. Bryan McPherson wrote this song the day after seeing the above video. You can listen and get a free download below.
Rest in peace Kelly Thomas.
“Bryan sings like, we’re lucky he doesn’t own a gun.” -Filter Magazine
Bryan was born and raised on the mean streets of Dorchester, a blue collar working-class Irish-American Catholic neighbourhood in Boston, that was also home to half the members of the original Dropkick Murphys. He was inspired at a young age by the raw energy and angst of Punk Rock, as well as the lyrically driven American folk songs of the early 1960’s. His first performances were street corners, house parties, and subway stations in Boston’s inner city. In 2001 he burst onto the acoustic music scene. Bryan took a break from performing to address his issue with addiction and vanished from the scene.
On his return he has played the length and breadth of North America and was recently spotted opening up for the Dropkick Murphys’ at their famed St. Patrick’s shows in Boston. This is Passionate, acoustic-punk from the heart.
Street life, politics, addiction, and moments of beauty, anguish, clarity, and dissent litter the alleys of McPherson’s songs. The words are as honest as they are urgent…every second counts!
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