Loading...
Police

Alesia Thomas: Woman Dies in LAPD Custody Amid 'Questionable Tactics,' Police Say

Comments (0)

By

Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM
click to enlarge lapd_thumb_car.jpg

A South Los Angeles woman who was treated to a "leg sweep" by an LAPD cop after allegedly struggling with officers died while in custody, police said in a statement tonight. In-car video of the situation, when the suspect was in custody, "revealed some questionable tactics and improper comments," according to an LAPD statement. The Los Angeles Times said the woman was stomped in the groin and possibly called "fat ass."

The department identified the woman as 35-year-old Alesia Thomas, a mother of two children who cops said were abandoned at the LAPD's Southeast Division station. It all happened ...

... July 22. It's not clear why the department is only now reporting the death, more than a month later, but the LAPD has been hit recently by a string of bad press, including two videotaped confrontations with suspects in two weeks.

See also:

*Michelle Jordan: LAPD Take-Down of Woman in Foothill Area Caught on Video.

*Ronald Weekley, Venice Skateboarder, Tackled by LAPD, Punched: VIDEO.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck tried to get out in front of this one by stating:

I take all in-custody death investigations very seriously and directed that the officers involved be removed from field duties until further details are known, including what part intoxicants and physical conditions contributed. I'm confident we will get to the truth, no matter where that leads us.

Police said they tracked down Thomas in the 9000 block of South Broadway in South L.A. after the children, ages 3 and 12, were abandoned about 2 a.m. that night.

They say she was combative:

As the officers were taking Thomas into custody she began actively resisting arrest, attempting to pull away from the officers. One officer preformed a leg sweep and took Thomas to the ground to gain control of her. Two other officers then handcuffed Thomas behind her back. After the arrival of a police sergeant from Southeast Division the officers walked Thomas to their police vehicle. Thomas continued to struggle with the officers and another unit was requested for assistance.

Thomas continued to resist the officers attempting to place her in the rear seat of their police vehicle. To further help in control Thomas' resistant actions the officers placed a hobble restraint device on her ankles and then placed her in a seated position in the back seat of the car.

Within minutes of being placed in the police vehicle, the officers noticed Thomas did not appear to be breathing and immediately called for Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics. They transported Thomas to a local hospital, but she failed to respond to emergency medical treatment and died a short time later.

About five officers appeared to be involved.

The incident was under investigation both internally and criminally, police said.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

Related Content

Now Trending

  • Jay Z Grand Park Concert Is Official as Mayor Plans Announcement

    It looks like Mayor Eric Garcetti is going to officially announce that a two-day "Budweiser Made in America" festival is taking place  at downtown L.A.'s Grand Park. The mayor's office said today he " will make an announcement with Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Supervisor Gloria Molina, City Council President Herb...
  • "Compton Division" Pimps Made Millions, Cops Say

    A trio of local pimps forced women to work the streets from San Diego to Las Vegas and beyond, cops say, and they allegedly made millions doing so. But now 31-year-old Robert Walker, 34-year-old Daniel Gunther, and 34-year-old David Sheffey, who called their crew the Compton Division, are behind bars, says...
  • L.A.'s Top 10 Streets for Bicycle Crashes Revealed

    You're probably already aware that there's a hit-and-run epidemic in L.A., and that bicycling in a car-crazed capital like Los Angeles can be hazardous to your health. See also: Critical Mass Bike Ride Recognizes L.A. Hit-&-Run Victims But the nerds at the MIT Media Lab's Social Computing Group recently came up...
    2

Around The Web

Slideshows