source: The Guardian
published: 23 July 2015
A Los Angeles police officer has been sentenced to three years in jail for assaulting a woman who died shortly after a 2012 arrest that was caught on video.
Mary O’Callaghan, 50, hit and kicked 35-year-old Alesia Thomas in an assault captured by a police vehicle camera. Video shows that O’Callaghan jabbed at Thomas’ throat and threatened to kick her before raising her boot and striking Thomas.
A Los Angeles jury convicted O’Callaghan last month of assault under color of authority. The altercation began when officers went to Thomas’s home to investigate claims that she had abandoned her children.
After the altercation, Thomas asked the police to call an ambulance, but one was not called until at least 30 minutes after she made the request.