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    23 May 2015

    The LAPD cop who kicked Alesia Thomas to death was recorded on dashcam saying: “I’m going to punt you in your p*ssy.”

    A video played in court for jurors Wednesday showed a Los Angeles police officer strike a handcuffed woman in the throat and use a foot to kick or shove her in the groin moments before the woman lost consciousness in the back of a patrol car.

    The recording, captured by a squad car camera, showed Officer Mary O'Callaghan telling Alesia Thomas to "knock it off" as Thomas was flailing inside the vehicle. The officer threatened to "punt" Thomas in the groin, using a profanity for her genital area. 

    As O'Callaghan jabbed at the woman's throat with her hand, Thomas looked into the camera with wide eyes. The recording captured Thomas, who also had her legs tied with a nylon hobble restraint, repeatedly saying, “I can’t.” 

    The video showed O’Callaghan raise her boot and strike Thomas, whose body shook in response. A few minutes later, Thomas’ eyes closed and her head fell backward, the video showed. The recording then cut off.

    Video from a dashboard camera in a different police vehicle showed O’Callaghan walking near the patrol cars. She lit a cigarette and looked inside the car where Thomas had been placed.

    “That ain’t a good sign,” O’Callaghan said out loud.

    Thomas, 35, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

    The opening statements in O'Callaghan's assault trial marked the first time that the video has been shown publicly since Thomas' death in 2012. 

    Assistant Head Deputy Dist. Atty. Shannon Presby told jurors that O'Callaghan kicked and shoved Thomas out of frustration when the woman wouldn't comply with her orders to sit in the backseat.

    “The defendant kicked first and asked questions later,” Presby said.

    He said O'Callaghan and other officers involved thought Thomas was faking when she asked for medical attention.

    O'Callaghan's attorney, Robert Rico, told jurors that his client didn't kick Thomas but used her left foot to push the woman into the patrol car during the arrest.

    Thomas, he said, refused to comply with orders given by O'Callaghan and other officers. He played another audio recording that he said showed O'Callaghan did not want to hurt Thomas.

    "If you want to kill me, just kill me," Thomas said on the recording.

    Read More:http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mary-ocallaghan-opening-statements-20150519-story.html
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