Is Tasering A Pregnant Woman Ever OK?

Police officers used a stun gun on a pregnant woman, and the Supreme Court is considering hearing a case from the officers involved whether it was an appropriate use of the tool. Is there ever a situation where Tasering a pregnant woman is OK? Read on and decide for yourself.

Pregnant woman driving

In 2004, Malaika Brooks was Tasered during a routine traffic stop. She was seven months pregnant at the time and suffered intense pain and permanent scars from the incident. A subsequent lawsuit was decided in the officers’ favor, and now the Supreme Court is considering hearing the case from the Seattle police officers on whether a stun gun can be used as a “useful pain technique.”

Her story

Malaika was pulled over for speeding while driving her son to school. The officers gave her a ticket, which she accepted, but she didn’t want to sign it as she was mistakenly afraid it would be an admission of guilt. She was placed under arrest for her refusal, but told officers she didn’t want to get out of the car as she was pregnant and had to use the restroom.

After a discussion, the officers decided to use a stun gun on the pregnant woman. They applied it to her leg, arm and neck, after which she collapsed. She was convicted for not signing the ticket but the lawsuit against the officers was decided in their favor, as the law about using excessive force was unclear when the incident took place.

Absolutely not

Many we spoke with felt that Tasering a pregnant woman should never be considered. David from California stated simply, “Never.” A commenter on Above the Law said, “We ask our law enforcement officers to use personal discretion when making decisions. To think this traffic violation escalated to the point that a pregnant woman was Tased three times is ridiculous and does not show the police used good judgment. Police need to have training on negotiations and escalation.”

Last resort

Some moms we talked to felt that it was an option, but should be the very last one considered. “In this situation, there is just no excuse at all,” shared Brittney, mother of one. “If she was putting someone else’s life in danger, I could understand, though I think it should be used as an absolute last resort. The officers need to take into consideration that they are not just using a Taser on the female, but also the unborn child she is carrying.”

Ashley from Wisconsin agreed. “It really depends on the situation — if she is a threat to others or herself, then yeah they have to,” she told us.

Moms use it as an excuse

And a few hardy souls felt that women use pregnancy as an excuse to get around rules and laws. Another commenter on The Root’s article said, “Soon women, under the guise of protecting their already-born or unborn children will be able to bypass any and all rules we have. I see them getting away with more and more every day.”

Yet another commenter felt the same way. “Yes it’s OK given the circumstances,” explained a user with the screen name QuietThoughts. “Being pregnant does not mean a free pass on responsibility and consequences.”

No matter how you feel about this individual case, it will be interesting to see if the Supreme Court takes it on and if so, what they decide.

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Comments on "Cops Taser pregnant woman, now seek Supreme Court"

DGK May 28, 2012 | 1:12 AM

Geoffrey you're being a bit extreme. 99.9% of the time it's going to be an actual cop, and you have every right to ask for a badge number and call it in if you feel unsafe. In this case nobody was kicking down anyone's door. You're just being absurd.

Geoffrey May 21, 2012 | 2:13 PM

Raymond you said listen to the cop.....we'll just start dressing as cops...kick down your door....and give you wife instructions while you play the patriot role....your wife better comply or else...you're a weak little American slave!

Geoffrey May 21, 2012 | 2:09 PM

The Supreme Court said it was okay to use water hoses and dogs on poeple know n as negros during the roaring 40's, 50's & 60's.....the cops beat Uncle "CATFISH MOUTH" Thomas nephews while pulling out his hair. Uncle Cornbread wanted to visit nephew to see what happened. We're worried about terriost.

RAYMOND TORRES May 18, 2012 | 11:07 AM

SHE SHOULD HAVE LISTEN TO POLICE

Amanda May 18, 2012 | 5:56 AM

Ridiculous. It was a traffic stop. Abuse of power. Next stop ... Supreme Court. What?

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