LAPD Investigates Woman's In-Custody Death

Authorities claim Alesia Thomas resisted arrest before she stopped breathing.
3:00 | 08/31/12

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LE PD officers came to this apartment building on the 9000 block of Broadway on July 22. After two children were found abandoned at a police station so that is not always right here. A neighbor says he -- two LAPD officers struggled with the children's mother 35 year old -- he would Thomas outside her apartment. There's simply didn't -- had built. Up close and ended down on the ground. The -- the people who do. -- -- The LAPD claims Thomas continued to resist arrest outside additional officers arrived one officer took her to the ground to gain control of her. According to the LA times a female officer threatened to kick Thomas in the genitals. If she did not cooperate and allegedly follow through on the threat she was handcuffed and placed in the squad car. Authorities say that's when the officers noticed she wasn't breathing and paramedics were called. Thomas died at a hospital. In a statement LE PD chief Charlie Beck said. I take all in custody death investigations very seriously and directed that the officers involved be removed from fuel duties until further. This comes on the heels of the investigation -- use of force involving a 34 year old woman was slammed to the ground by officers after being stopped for using a cell phone.

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