TICKER: Woman dies after police (allegedly) kick her in the genitals

When rap group NWA made the controversial song “F*ck the Police”, it was viewed by black people, especially those living in L.A., as a protest song. Many who’d lived there, and seen close up what LAPD was capable of, understood very well what NWA was trying to communicate with that song. But like everything black and honest, the song was derided by mainstream America as unpatriotic and slanderous.

Maybe the broader community should’ve listened to the protest song, because here we are in 2012, and several LAPD officers are being investigated for kicking a woman in the genitals, resulting in her death.

It all began when police attempted to arrest Alesia Thomas for child endangerment and Thomas allegedly resisted arrest. A female officer kicked Thomas in the genitals when she refused to be placed in the patrol car, and video from the incident shows Thomas struggling to breathe once placed in  the back of the patrol car. Thomas later died from suffocation at the  hospital. Of course, the first police report made no mention of Thomas being kicked in the genitals.

“I take all in-custody death investigations very seriously and directed the officers involved be removed from field duties until further details are known, including what part intoxicants and physical conditions contributed,” a statement from LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.

It would seem that LAPD cops are as out of control now as they were in 1988, when the NWA song was released.

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