Five LAPD police officers are being investigated after one of them allegedly kicked Alesia Thomas' genitals, reports KTLA-TV (video below).
A police car video taped a fight between police and Alesia Thomas on July 22, reports the Los Angeles Times. Police officers were trying to arrest Thomas on suspicion of child endangerment in front of her South Los Angeles apartment.
The original police report did not mention the kick to Thomas’ genitals, but LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green told the Los Angeles Times that a female police officer kicked Thomas in the genitals when she resisted being put into the police car.
The video shows Thomas struggling to breathe in the back of the police car. She was taken to a local hospital and later died, reports RawStory.com.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement: “I take all in-custody death investigations very seriously and directed the officers involved be removed from field duties until further details are known, including what part intoxicants and physical conditions contributed. I am confident we will get to the truth no matter where that leads us.”