CA - LAPD officer charged with assault in woman's arrest

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  1. Reader

    Reader New Member

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    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/...g-woman-assault-fatal-20131010,0,611060.story

    ......LAPD Officer Mary O’Callaghan, 48, was charged Wednesday in connection with the July 22, 2012, incident that ended with the death of Alesia Thomas.

    O'Callaghan was one of several officers sent to Thomas' home in the 9100 block of South Broadway Avenue to investigate allegations that Thomas had abandoned her children after they were left at a local police station.
    O’Callaghan arrived at the scene to assist the arresting officers in placing Thomas in a patrol car. While Thomas was in handcuffs and leg restraints, prosecutors said, a police cruiser’s video camera captured the veteran officer kicking Thomas in the stomach and groin area and pushing her in the throat.

    Thomas, once inside the patrol car, lost consciousness and paramedics were called. Shortly afterward, she was pronounced dead at a hospital.......

    Hours before she died, Thomas, who suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and drug addiction according to the autopsy report, had left her children, a 3-year-old and a 12-year-old, outside the station, according to a department account of the incident.

    Initially, police reported that Thomas was attempting to surrender the children to police custody because she felt she could no longer care for them properly.

    In his report, however, Beck said, it appeared Thomas expected her mother to pick the children up at the station.

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  3. CHERIE.T

    CHERIE.T Former Member

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    Sad story really.
     
  4. MsFacetious

    MsFacetious What a Kerfuffle...

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    This was after Thomas had dropped off her two children at a police station because she felt her drug abuse had made her an unfit parent, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

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    Prosecutors said they didn't file involuntary manslaughter charges against O'Callaghan because it couldn't be proven that she directly caused Thomas' death.

    Her official cause of death was "undetermined," according to a coroner's report.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/10/justice/lapd-officer-charged-assault/?iref=obinsite


    So she took the children to the police station.

    She didn't let her boyfriend rape them.
    She didn't sell them for drugs.
    She didn't beat them for interrupting her getting high.
    She didn't burn the house down with them in it.

    She took them to the POLICE STATION...

    So if you leave your children in a safe location, you get arrested and beaten to death by the cop.
    But if you keep them in your drug house, allowing people to abuse them, you get away with it till one dies.

    This is so completely screwed up.
    This should have been a case where they called Grandma to pick up the kids.
    Then went to court to officially change custody, but thanked this mother for doing the right thing.

    We always hear "I wish they would have just given the kids to someone who would care for them..."
    Yet we arrest a mother when she tries to do that, because she did not do it the right way. :facepalm:

    I hope the kids realize their mother was trying to do what was best for them. :twocents:
     
  5. popsicle

    popsicle faith hope love

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    Excellent post.

    "But if you keep them in your drug house, allowing people to abuse them, you get away with it till one dies." Sometimes, even after death, you get away with it.
     
  6. MsFacetious

    MsFacetious What a Kerfuffle...

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    Absolutely... but at least it generally gets the other kids removed even if no one is charged/convicted.

    If you give up the kids BEFORE, they might all survive.
    I prefer that to waiting till one dies and then rescuing the others.
    Sorry if I wasn't clear. :seeya:
     
  7. chlban

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    Why the H wasn't she charged with Murder? Oh yeah, because she's a cop and murder is sanctioned when committed by cops. Especially in California and even more so when it's the LAPD.

    When the Fullerton PD murdered an innocent schizophrenic young man a couple of years ago they tried to sweep that under the rug. Too bad for them the young mans father wouldn't let it slide and they finally charged one of the murderers in uniform. This pathetic excuse for a person also needs to be charged at the very least with Manslaughter. Assault? Ridiculous. Typical.
     
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    I want the video released.
     

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