Jury convicts female LA officer of assault

2015-06-06 11:04
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Los Angeles - Jurors have convicted a female Los Angeles police officer of felony assault for repeatedly kicking a handcuffed woman who later died.

The jury reached its verdict after two days of deliberations in the trial of Officer Mary O'Callaghan, 50. She pleaded not guilty to assaulting a civilian in the 2012 arrest of Alesia Thomas, 35.

Dressed in a black pantsuit, O'Callaghan wiped her face and appeared to be crying after the verdict was read.

Robert Rico, O'Callaghan's attorney, said he plans to appeal and ask for a new trial.

Resisted arrest

A dashboard camera in a police cruiser captured O'Callaghan kicking the handcuffed Thomas in the backseat seven times in the groin, abdomen and upper thigh, prosecutors said. Thomas lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A report by the Police Commission said the 103kg Thomas had resisted arrest.

An autopsy found Thomas had cocaine in her system, but the cause of death was listed as undetermined because the struggle couldn't be excluded as a contributing factor. There were no internal injuries or bruising.

O'Callaghan faces a maximum of three years in county jail when she is sentenced July 23.


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