“Thomas was in the back of a patrol car wearing handcuffs and leg restraints when the police cruiser’s camera captured O’Callaghan kick her in the stomach and groin area and push her in the throat, according to a 2013 news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Paramedics were called after Thomas, who was still in the patrol car, lost consciousness.
Dashcam video from another patrol car showed O’Callaghan light a cigarette and look inside the car where Thomas had been placed and say “That ain’t a good sign,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Thomas was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
O’Callaghan was charged with assaulting an arrestee under the color of authority in connection with Thomas’ death in 2013.
Prosecutors declined to file an involuntary manslaughter charge, citing insufficient evidence to prove that O’Callaghan’s conduct caused Thomas’ death.
You can read the backstory and history since OCallaghan’s vicious murder of Alesia Thomas that I’d written here. The jury had been deadlocked until today. Deadlocked; imagine that. No news yet on the sentencing phase; she could receive up to three years in prison.
RIP, Ms. Thomas.