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Kelly Thomas Case: Homeless man's mother accepts $1M settlement in son's death

This 1998 family photo released by the Thomas family on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 shows Kelly Thomas. Thomas, 37, died July 10, five days after officers investigating car burglary reports tried to search his backpack. Surveillance video released earlier this week show witnesses telling a bus driver that officers beat him and repeatedly used a stun gun as he cried out for his father, sparking outrage in this quiet college town and causing a city councilwoman to call for the police chiefâ AP Photo/Thomas Family

Kelly Thomas
AP Photo/Thomas Family

(CBS/AP) FULLERTON, Calif. - The mother of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man who died after a violent confrontation with Southern California police, has accepted a $1 million settlement with the city of Fullerton.

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According to CBS Los Angeles, the settlement was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Fullerton City Council.

In exchange, Cathy Thomas agreed to not pursue any further claims or lawsuits seeking damages for the death of her 37-year-old son.

The deal does not involve her ex-husband, Ron Thomas.

A judge earlier this month ordered two officers to stand trial on criminal charges in the case. Their next court appearance is scheduled for May 22.

The incident last July also prompted an effort to remove three Fullerton council members. They face a recall on next month's ballot.

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