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Did Cop Who Punched 'Pregnant' Woman Use Too Much Force?

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Did Cop Who Punched 'Pregnant' Woman Use Too Much Force?

by Rebecca Stokes

arrests, pregnant woman arrestedThe police have issued a statement regarding their recent controversial arrest of a 16-year-old teen boy and his 21-year-old sister, Brenda Hardaway, who claims to be pregnant. The story garnered public notice when a video was released of the sister being arrested with what appears to be an undue amount of violence. In the video, she tells the officer she is pregnant as he attempts to cuff her. Eventually, the officer punches her in the head and moves her forcibly to the ground. The Rochester Police argue this claim, saying that their officers acted with "tremendous restraint."

The reason the officers gave for their arrest tactics? They claim that the pregnant woman had pointed a can of pepper spray at them. However, if that is indeed what took place, it wasn't captured on the video which later made its way to YouTube.

Police officers find themselves in high-risk situations every day. Many have lost their lives as they try to do their job and keep the streets safe. Seen from that perspective, you could argue that the police officer was doing what he saw necessary to prevent harm.

Of course, there are times when forceful methods can and should be used when apprehending suspects. If a woman is pointing a gun at a crowd, would you expect the police to keep their hands off of her simply because she is pregnant? No. You wouldn't.

But watching the video a second time, it's harder to believe that this was an instance where the correct amount of force was used. Even if the woman did threaten him with pepper spray, she was well subdued after the fact. The punching and subsequent behavior just seems like it was driven by panic and anger.

Do you think the officer used too much force in this case?

by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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disastermind
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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She shouldn't have been resisting arrest and she was also seen throwing punches at the officer in the first half of the video.

He shouldn't have punched her in the head though, to me that was unnecessary.

rootytooty
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM

They have no way of knowing if the person is actually pregnant - if they're not obviously showing. 

BUT if she weren't involved in something illlegal she wouldn't be arrested anyway, so I think you get what you get!

aiyess
by Gold Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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If she is in fact pregnant, she shouldn't have resisted arrest for the safety of her unborn child. She's an idiot.
momof2boy2girl
by Valerie on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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Quoting Anonymous:

I wouldn't say too much force, just not the right kind. There was no reason for him to punch her in the head/face. But cops are human too and even though they have plenty of training, I think sometimes get caught up in the moment. Not saying that excuses his behavior but at the same time, I can understand that he may have lost his cool in a very heated situation. Again, his specific actions were not ok in my book but I do think force was needed. I do think he deserves some sort of reprimanding as well.

As for the woman, I don't even know where to start. If she is really pregnant and was that worried about her unborn child, she never should have resisted and certainly not to that extent. Honestly, I feel she has no one to blame but herself for what happened to her.

The slight blow to the back of the head is a technique to disorient someone. If you watch, he didn't punch her as hard as he could, it was a glancing blow. If she really is pregnant, it is on her to protect her child. From what I have seen, she wasn't even going to get arrested until she threatened with mace. It is on her to listen to the officers and protect herself and her unborn child from that struggle. The officer is well within his rights to disorient her when she is resisting arrest. If she is pregnant, the baby isn't in her head.

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momof2boy2girl
by Valerie on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM


Quoting rootytooty:

They have no way of knowing if the person is actually pregnant - if they're not obviously showing. 

BUT if she weren't involved in something illlegal she wouldn't be arrested anyway, so I think you get what you get!

Exactly, she wasn't even going to be arrested until she pulled out pepper spray and threatended the police with it. Then, suddenly she is pregnant and can not be arrested.

pregnant

momof2boy2girl
by Valerie on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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Quoting disastermind:

She shouldn't have been resisting arrest and she was also seen throwing punches at the officer in the first half of the video.

He shouldn't have punched her in the head though, to me that was unnecessary.

The glancing blow to the back of the head is used to disorient people. The strike isn't forceful enough to cause any internal damage, just enough to possibly "ring her bell" so that they can take her down easier.

pregnant

jamiegraham
by Silver Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

The police do it because as usual they get a way with it.

disastermind
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Oh really? I did not know that.

None of this would have happened in the first place, if she hadn't resisted arrest. Pregnant or not. If you've done something wrong and are being arrested, it's best NOT to try and fight the popo.

Quoting momof2boy2girl:


Quoting disastermind:

She shouldn't have been resisting arrest and she was also seen throwing punches at the officer in the first half of the video.

He shouldn't have punched her in the head though, to me that was unnecessary.

The glancing blow to the back of the head is used to disorient people. The strike isn't forceful enough to cause any internal damage, just enough to possibly "ring her bell" so that they can take her down easier.


xixCandyxix
by Platinum Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

If she was so  concerned about her baby she should've stopped throwing herself around like that.

Saydar
by Silver Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Don't resist.

He punched her in the head, not the stomach. Oh well.

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