CRIME

Jury convicts female LA officer of assault for kicking a handcuffed woman who later died

  • FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo, Ada Moses, 91, middle, the grandmother of late Alesia Thomas, holding a portrait of her granddaughter, seen at left, with her little sister, takes questions from the media at her home in Los Angeles. Moses is flanked by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, founder of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, left, and Lita Herron, a community activist. Jurors on Friday, June 5, 2015, convicted a Los Angeles police officer of felony assault for repeatedly kicking Thomas who later died. The jury reached its verdict after two days of deliberations in the trial of Officer Mary O'Callaghan, 50. She pleaded not guilty to assault under color of authority in the 2012 arrest of Alesia Thomas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo, Ada Moses, 91, middle, the grandmother of late Alesia Thomas, holding a portrait of her granddaughter, seen at left, with her little sister, takes questions from the media at her home in Los Angeles. Moses is flanked by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, founder of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, left, and Lita Herron, a community activist. Jurors on Friday, June 5, 2015, convicted a Los Angeles police officer of felony assault for repeatedly kicking Thomas who later died. The jury reached its verdict after two days of deliberations in the trial of Officer Mary O'Callaghan, 50. She pleaded not guilty to assault under color of authority in the 2012 arrest of Alesia Thomas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo, Ada Moses, 91, the grandmother of Alesia Thomas, who died in 2012 after allegedly being kicked by a Los Angeles Police Department officer while handcuffed, cries for her granddaughter,  while she takes questions from the media at her home in Los Angeles. Jurors on Friday, June 5, 2015, convicted the Los Angeles police officer of felony assault for repeatedly kicking Thomas who later died. The jury reached its verdict after two days of deliberations in the trial of Officer Mary O'Callaghan, 50. She pleaded not guilty to assault under color of authority in the 2012 arrest of Alesia Thomas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo, Ada Moses, 91, the grandmother of Alesia Thomas, who died in 2012 after allegedly being kicked by a Los Angeles Police Department officer while handcuffed, cries for her granddaughter, while she takes questions from the media at her home in Los Angeles. Jurors on Friday, June 5, 2015, convicted the Los Angeles police officer of felony assault for repeatedly kicking Thomas who later died. The jury reached its verdict after two days of deliberations in the trial of Officer Mary O'Callaghan, 50. She pleaded not guilty to assault under color of authority in the 2012 arrest of Alesia Thomas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

Jurors have convicted a Los Angeles police officer of felony assault for repeatedly kicking a handcuffed woman who later died.

The jury reached its verdict after two days of deliberations in the trial of 50-year-old Officer Mary O'Callaghan. She pleaded not guilty to assault under color of authority in the 2012 arrest of 35-year-old Alesia Thomas.

Officers went to arrest Thomas at her home after she left her two children outside a police station. O'Callaghan was videotaped on a police cruiser dash cam kicking the handcuffed Thomas in the backseat in the groin, abdomen and upper thigh. Thomas lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

O'Callaghan's attorney says she never had a complaint against her upheld during her 19 years on the force and had an exemplary record.