|Alesia Thomas. (KTLA 5 Screenshot)
Five Los Angeles Police Department officers are under investigation after a drug-addicted mother of two died in the back of a police car after the cops allegedly stomped on her genitals.
Police say a patrol car's video shows the officers using "questionable" tactics on the woman, who was resisting arrest.
One officer is reportedly seen threatening to stomp on the woman's genitals, and then follows through on the threat, reports the L.A. Times.
Alesia Thomas died from suffocation in the back of the patrol car soon after the altercation on July 22. She's seen breathing shallowly in the video, until she stops breathing altogether.
Earlier that day, she'd dropped off her two children, ages three and 12, at a police station, claiming her drug addiction had left her unable to look after them.
Police were arresting her on suspicion of child endangerment.
This news comes less than a week after a video surfaced of two LAPD officers body-slamming a sundress-clad petite nurse, handcuffing her, and then body-slamming her onto the pavement again.
The cops were arresting her for talking on a cellphone while driving.
The whole thing was caught on a security camera in a Del Taco parking lot.
The incident left 5-foot-4 Michelle Jordan bruised and battered, prompting widespread outrage and a pledge by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to investigate fully and hold those responsible accountable.