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article imagePregnant Woman Tasered By Police

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By Debra Myers     Nov 30, 2007 in Crime
A pregnant woman showed up at a police station with the intent of giving up her one-year old son. But when the officer tried to get information from her, her child got upset and she wanted to leave. The officer tased her to keep her from resisting.
Trotwood, OH - It is unclear why the woman wanted to give up custody of her child. When the officer tried to get information from her about herself and her child, she became agitated and tried to leave with her child.
The police officer followed her out of the precinct and grabbed the back of her coat. The woman then starts to struggle with the officer and he managed to get the child away from her and handed the little boy to another police officer.
The officer then tackles the woman onto the ground on her stomach, and uses a taser on her neck so that she would stop resisting. A video can be seen on WHIO's website.
Trotwood Public Safety Director Michael Etter said the officer did not know that the woman was pregnant because she was wearing a loose-fitting Winter coat. Etter said the officer's main concern was focused on the child's safety.
"She did not disclose, even after she was arrested, that she was pregnant," Etter said.
The FBI is now investigating and the police department is cooperating fully. As well, there is an "internal investigation to see if the use of force was warranted for the situation."
According to WHIO television station, "Trotwood's policy on use of force states that officers should "greatly evaluate each situation with discretion when anticipating the deployment of the Taser on young children, elderly persons and pregnant females."
As for the woman, all she would say was that she'd been "unjustly served".
The child has since been placed in the custody of another family member.
The police officer that tasered the woman is still on active duty at this time.
As you will see by the video, there doesn't seem to be a need for the officer to have used the taser, simply because he already had her down on the ground and he was on top of her.
Excessive force?
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