A Los Angeles police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed woman, who later died, pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to assault under color of authority.
Mary O’Callaghan, 48, was charged last week in connection with the July 22, 2012, incident that ended with the death of Alesia Thomas.
Prosecutors say O’Callaghan — a 19-year department veteran — kicked Thomas in the groin and stomach and pushed her in the throat while she was in handcuffs and restraints.
Thomas, 35, once inside the patrol car, lost consciousness, and paramedics were called. Shortly afterward, she was pronounced dead at a hospital.
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