L.A. to Pay $2.5M to Children of Woman Who Died After Being Assaulted by LAPD Officer

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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.

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit with the children of a woman who was kicked in the crotch by an LAPD police officer and later died, resulting in a criminal conviction for the officer.

Wednesday’s settlement came more than three years after Officer Mary O’Callaghan hit and kicked Alesia Thomas as the officer shoved the handcuffed 35-year-old into the back of a squad car in South Los Angeles.

LAPD Officer Mary O'Callaghan is seen during her assault trial. (Credit: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

LAPD Officer Mary O’Callaghan is seen during her assault trial. (Credit: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

The case touches on issues that have drawn national scrutiny in recent months, including how police use force and how cameras can be used to help monitor officers. Thomas’ arrest was captured by cameras in two patrol cars, video that played a key role in O’Callaghan’s conviction.

Attorneys who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Thomas’ family could not immediately be reached Wednesday. An LAPD spokesman referred questions to the city attorney’s office, which confirmed the settlement but did not immediately provide a comment.

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