LAPD Officer Found Guilty of Assault After Beating Handcuffed Woman Who Eventually Died

The Daily Mail reports that Mary O'Callaghan, a 50-year-old officer with the Los Angeles Police Department was convicted of felony assault for the 2012 beating incident involving then 35-year-old Alesia Thomas.

Thomas had been arrested for reportedly leaving her children at a local police station. Thomas had left a letter explaining that she felt she couldn't care for them anymore, due to her addiction issues.

O'Callaghan, one of the arresting officers, repeatedly kicked Thomas in the groin, abdomen, and upper thigh while the mother sat handcuffed in a patrol car.

Thomas eventually died. Video footage shows the violent attack, which also included O'Callaghan forcibly shoving Thomas in the throat.

O'Callaghan pleaded not guilty, but a jury of 11 women and one man reached their verdict after a three day trial. She faces a maximum of three years in county jail for the felony assault conviction.

There were no charges brought against O'Callaghan for Thomas' death.

Watch more about O'Callaghan's conviction from KTLA News below:

Photo: Thomas Family / NBC LA

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