Crime & Justice

Alesia Thomas: LA to pay $2.5M to kin of woman who died after police assault

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, founder of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, left, Ada Moses, 91, the grandmother of Alesia Thomas, who died in 2012 after allegedly being kicked by a Los Angeles Police Department  officer while handcuffed, holding a photo of her grand daughter, seen at left with little sister, and Lita Herron, a community activist, take questions from the media in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The City Council on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, unanimously voted to settle with the family of Thomas, who died after an officer kicked and shoved her in 2012.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, founder of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, left, Ada Moses, 91, the grandmother of Alesia Thomas, who died in 2012 after allegedly being kicked by a Los Angeles Police Department officer while handcuffed, holding a photo of her grand daughter, seen at left with little sister, and Lita Herron, a community activist, take questions from the media in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The City Council on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, unanimously voted to settle with the family of Thomas, who died after an officer kicked and shoved her in 2012.
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The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $2.5 million to the family of a woman who was kicked in the crotch and beaten by a veteran police officer and later died.

The City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to settle with the family of Alesia Thomas.

The former police officer, 50-year-old Mary O'Callaghan, was sentenced in July to three years in jail, though a judge suspended the last 20 months of the term.

A dashboard camera in a police car recorded O'Callaghan making inappropriate comments, kicking Thomas in the groin, abdomen and upper thigh, and jabbing her in the throat in 2012. Thomas lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

O'Callaghan was charged with assault under the color of authority, and not charged in Thomas' death.