Where is the outrage? Where is the media?
The FBI is investigating after a Trotwood police officer used a Taser on a pregnant woman on November 18. Trotwood Public Safety Director Michael Etter said the woman arrived at the police department asking to give up custody of her 1-year-old son.
Surveillance video from the police department shows the woman try to leave with the child. The officer then grabs her coat in an effort to get her to stop. Etter said the officer was doing what he thought was in the best interest of the 1-year-old boy.
The video shows the woman struggle with the officer, who then takes the child from her and gives the boy to another officer. The first officer then forces the woman down on her stomach, and he then deploys a Taser on her neck. Etter said the officer did not know the woman was pregnant.
“She did not disclose, even after she was arrested, that she was pregnant,” Etter said. He said the woman was wearing a large winter coat and had her child on her lap when she was talking to the officer.
Etter said the department is cooperating with the FBI investigation, and there is also an ongoing internal investigation to see if the use of force was warranted for the situation. Etter said the officer involved is still on duty.
Can anyone say…EXCESSIVE FORCE, ummm POLICE BRUTALITY…what crime did this woman perform that warranted her being tasered??? Trotwood’s use of force policy states officers should “greatly evaluate each situation with discretion when anticipating the deployment of the Taser on young children, elderly persons, and pregnant females.” I guess this cop didn’t read the manual.
Officers said the 1-year-old boy was put into the custody of a family member after the incident.