Coked up woman dies in LAPD custody but it’s totally not the police’s fault

15 Jan

09_05_2012EndofWatch1

Huffington Post – LOS ANGELES — A woman who died in a Los Angeles police patrol car after a violent arrest by officers had cocaine in her system when she went into cardiac arrest last summer, according to a coroner’s report released Monday.

The report, however, said it was unclear exactly why 35-year-old Alesia Thomas died because it was difficult to know how the struggle was related.

The report showed multiple abrasions on elbows and knees but no major external trauma on her body or internal injuries. Police officials have said an officer kicked her in the genitals.

“Autopsy findings and police car video did not reveal evidence of fatal trauma or asphyxia,” the report reads. “Effects of cocaine intoxication appear to be a major factor in the death.”

Thomas, who weighed 228 pounds, died July 22 after leaving her 3-year-old and 12-year-old children at a police station about 2 a.m. Police said she dropped off the children because she was a drug addict who could not care for them.

Officers tracked Thomas to arrest her on suspicion of child endangerment.

Police said at the time that she put up a violent struggle and resisted arrest by attempting to pull away from the officers.

An officer knocked Thomas to the ground by sweeping her legs out from under her. Two other officers handcuffed her and tried to lead her to a patrol car, according to a department report. Officers used a strap around her ankles to restrain her.

Once Thomas was in the car, video shows her breathing shallowly until she drew her last breath.

Ouch. Kicked in the genitals too, that’s gotta be rough. So really the question is whether or not the coke or the police killed her. Quite the nice little situation because either way, it looks like the LAPD are going to get sued over this one for her dying on them, really just a question over it was the coke or not. That being said, this bbw weigh 228 pounds so she must have snorted an absolute dustbucket worth of coke to hit the bricks. Really can’t figure this one out, wish she could have told us herself what did her in.

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