A LAPD officer was charged with assaulting a woman under the color of authority after kicking her in the stomach, pushing her neck and kicking her in the groin.
Officer Mary O’Callaghan was charged on Wednesday with the crime that ended with Alesia Thomas dead. Thomas was being investigated for possible child abandonment when her children turned up at the local police station.
O’Callaghan was dispatched to Thomas’ residence to investigate. When they arrived at the scene, officers had already begun the arrest of Thomas and put her in the patrol car. Prosecutors then say that O’Callaghan was caught on camera kicking the restrained woman in the stomach and groin and pushing her in the throat.
Thomas lost consciousness and was later pronounced dead in the hospital. Officer O’Callaghan was not charged with involuntary manslaughter because there was not enough evidence to prove that she directly caused the woman’s death.