The attorney for an LAPD officer accused this week of assault under color of authority for allegedly kicking a handcuffed woman, who later died, said his client is "absolutely devastated" that prosecutors decided to file charges.
An autopsy by the Los Angeles County coroner determined cocaine intoxication probably was "a major factor" in Thomas' death. It was impossible to determine what role, if any, the struggle with the officers played. Because of that uncertainty, the official cause of death was listed as "undetermined."
O'Callaghan is currently suspended without pay after Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck directed she face a disciplinary panel known as a Board of Rights, according to sources not authorized to discuss the matter. The panel will determine whether she violated department policy and recommend a punishment up to termination.