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LAPD Officer Gets 36 Months in Jail in Assault Caught On Video

July 23, 2015  | 

A Los Angeles police officer was sentenced to 36 months in jail Thursday for assaulting a South L.A. woman in an incident that was caught on video by a police cruiser camera, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The officer's sentencing comes amid intense scrutiny and criticism nationwide of police use of force. The last 20 months of her sentence were suspended, meaning she'll likely spend a little more than a year in county jail.

A downtown L.A. jury last month convicted the officer, 50, of assault under color of authority after a prosecutor argued that the video recording showed the officer used unnecessary force during the 2012 arrest of Alesia Thomas.

In the video, the officer jabbed at Thomas' throat with an open hand and threatened to kick her in the crotch. The officer then raised her boot and struck Thomas, whose body shook in response.

The recording captured Thomas — who asked officers for an ambulance more than 30 minutes before one was called — breathing heavily and repeatedly saying, "I can't."

A few minutes later, Thomas, a 35-year-old mother, lost consciousness. She later died.

The officer, who did not testify in the trial, was not charged in connection with Thomas' death.

An autopsy by the Los Angeles County coroner determined that cocaine intoxication was likely "a major factor" in Thomas' death. It wasn't possible to determine what role, if any, the struggle with the officers played in her death. The official cause of death was listed as "undetermined."

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Capt. Ahab @ 7/23/2015 3:58 PM

That's one heck of an article. It doesn't state the officer's name. It doesn't mention that the officer is female. And it doesn't mention that she was an affirmative action hire, with a very questionable background. So now she goes to prison and as usual, the taxpayers of Los Angeles pay a couple of million bucks in the civil suit. And, oh, yeah, she gave the decent officers a giant black eye. Let's hear it for political correctness, affirmative action, and stupid hiring.

Tone @ 7/23/2015 9:54 PM

So the lady Alesia Thomas was handcuffed when this big abusive officer lady kicked her and hit her in the throat? Am I reading this correctly? This is the BULL i'm talking about..There's no real accountability for us in LE. We can police as brutal as we want and no consequences equal to the crime we commit...If someone is in handcuffs how then do they deserve further physical tactics. Handcuffs are that metal device used to restrain someone from doing harm to self & others. So she got hit in the throat after handcuffed? Why aren't we reading incidents where black LE are hurting white civilians? Maybe because its just uncommon to hear that! Incidents like these makes me wanna remove my badge. We are doing ourselves a disservice when we police the wrong way. I hate to make it black & white, but that's the ugly nature of it people. I've often said the final Judge is God & one day He will have His last word on us all.

Tone @ 7/25/2015 9:55 PM

After reading more into this story i couldn't help but to think how the justice system isn't fair & it's just as offensive as the officer committing the crime. The camera captured the abuse from the officer, the woman in custody dies and the officer will serve a year in jail? Really? And on top of that the coroner says "cocaine" intoxication was a "major factor".? How about this is cover up... If cocaine played a role, what does that have to do with this officer's blatant conduct against a detained civilian? What in this officer prompted her to step outside of her duty as LE & strike a already handcuffed woman? WHAT...? If the jury found her guilty why is she excused from a harsher penalty..? Again no body is above the badge...NOBODY! But this is the mentality that will keep spreading until the justice system gets tougher on cops who administer excessive use of force. Some things just aren't necessary. Do your job. Have a clean conscience & go home to family. Stop abusing the law......

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