Arrest Video Played in Trial of LAPD Officer Accused in Woman’s Death

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A video played in court for jurors Wednesday showed a Los Angeles police officer strike a handcuffed woman in the throat and use a foot to kick or shove her in the groin moments before the woman lost consciousness in the back of a patrol car.

The recording, captured by a squad car camera, showed Officer Mary O'Callaghan telling Alesia Thomas to "knock it off" as Thomas was flailing inside the vehicle. The officer threatened to "punt" Thomas in the groin, using a profanity for her genital area.

Alesia-Thomas

Alesia Thomas, shown in an image displayed at a 2012 news conference called by an attorney for her family, died during her arrest by an LAPD officer. That officer, Mary O'Callaghan, was charged Thursday with assaulting an arrestee under color of authority.

As O'Callaghan jabbed at the woman's throat with her hand, Thomas looked into the camera with wide eyes. The recording captured Thomas, who also had her legs tied with a nylon hobble restraint, repeatedly saying, “I can’t.”

The video showed O’Callaghan raise her boot and strike Thomas, whose body shook in response. A few minutes later, Thomas’ eyes closed and her head fell backward, the video showed. The recording then cut off.

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