Pregnant woman tazed three times by police after being pulled over for speeding
When they were first implemented by police, the goal of using tasers was to help subdue potentially rowdy or dangerous suspects without having to use deadly force. But increasingly, the taser has become a “weapon” of sorts in and of itself, and while not deadly in nature, its increasing popularity – and use – by overzealous officers is something Congress or the courts are going to have to address eventually.
Take the case of Seattle resident Malaika Brooks. Pregnant seven months and driving her 11-year-old son to school one recent morning, she was pulled over by cops for speeding (32 in a 20-mile-per-hour school zone). Not within the speed limit, sure, but not exactly channeling Danica Patrick either.
Police wrote her out a ticket and once finished, Brooks said she would accept it but not sign it because she believed that doing so was an admission of guilt. As it happens, signing traffic tickets was required by state law at the time, but Brooks was unaware of that, The New York Times reported.
Making a bad situation worse
Refusal to sign constituted a crime but before simply arresting her, the two officers on the scene summoned a supervisor. The sergeant instructed the officers to place Brooks under arrest, but then she refused to get out of her car.
At that point, “bold action,” the Times said, was clearly indicated. At that, Officer Juan M. Ornelas stepped up, pulled out his taser and asked Brooks if she knew what it was.
She said she didn’t know what it was but what she did know was that she had to go to the bathroom and told the officer as much. “I am pregnant. I’m less than 60 days from having my baby,” she added.
The officers and supervisor discussed the situation, then decided on a course of action. One said, “Well, don’t do it in her stomach. Do it in her thigh.”