Jailed LAPD cop’s appeal rejected for kicking handcuffed woman who died

Alesia Thomas
Alesia Thomas

source: MyNews LA
published: 13 March 2017

A three-judge appeals court panel Monday affirmed the felony assault conviction of a veteran Los Angeles policewoman who kicked and shoved a handcuffed female arrestee [Alesia Thomas] who died shortly afterward.

Mary O’Callaghan, 51, was sentenced on July 23, 2015, to a maximum of three years behind bars, with 16 months to be served in county jail and the last 20 months suspended.

O’Callaghan received credit for roughly three months time served and was released from jail on Jan. 24, 2016, about six months after her sentencing hearing, according to information posted on the Sheriff’s Department’s website.

The case against O’Callaghan stemmed from Alesia Thomas’ July 22, 2012, arrest in the 9100 block of South Broadway Avenue. Thomas, 35, who was high on cocaine, lost consciousness in the patrol car and was pronounced dead within 10 minutes after an ambulance left the scene, according to the appeals panel opinion.

O’Callaghan was criminally charged in October 2013 after an investigation by the LAPD.

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