Police Use Taser on 7 Months Pregnant Woman in Front of Son for Speeding
To tase an unarmed, 7 months pregnant woman driving her son to school or not to tase an unarmed, 7 months pregnant woman driving her son to school; that is the question.
Ms. Brooks said she would accept a ticket but drew the line at signing it, which state law required at the time. Ms. Brooks thought, wrongly, that signing was an acknowledgment of guilt.
The situation plainly called for bold action, and Officer Juan M. Ornelas met the challenge by brandishing a Taser and asking Ms. Brooks if she knew what it was.
She did not, but she told Officer Ornelas what she did know. “I have to go to the bathroom,” she said. “I am pregnant. I’m less than 60 days from having my baby.”
The three men assessed the situation and conferred. “Well, don’t do it in her stomach,” one said. “Do it in her thigh.”
Three shots from the taser to her neck, arm and thigh later:
A legal case revolving around whether or not the police were incorrect to tase Brooks looks like it’s headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Were the police justified in their use of force?