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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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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Aug. 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

If she is pregnant, she shouldn't have been engaging in the shady behavior that caused the arrest to begin with.  Where was the concern for her child then?  

mamav2215
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

i have little time for cops who think they're cowboys. 

of course force is necessary many times. there's probably not a need to litereally punch a 21 year old woman in the head, pregnant or not. 

Kellileanne
by Gold Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Yeah, I saw this.  Ridiculous--if you don't want to be roughed up by the cops STOP FIGHTING WITH THEM and just cooperate.

mamav2215
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

am i missing part of the story? it says she was arrested for holding pepper spray up. could she have felt threatened? I'm just speculating of course. 

and i'm pretty sure you shouldn't engage in shady behavior regardless of your pregnancy status. 

Quoting Anonymous:

If she is pregnant, she shouldn't have been engaging in the shady behavior that caused the arrest to begin with.  Where was the concern for her child then?  



othermom
by Ruby Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

She should not have resisted

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM
her head is not pregnant :) and from what i see he did not hit her stomach... she and baby will be fine
tammyhunt11
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I think you need to go back and watch that again, and maybe the brothers interview too where he says, "She didn't want to put her hands behind her back because she is pregnant". He did the right thing, it was a fight involving six people, people (not only her) were resisting the police and screaming for them to get off the property.

Quoting Delila12:

He wasn't having any trouble arresting her. She wasn't fighting him, she was yelling. There was no reason to punch her, or toss her on the ground.


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_cori
by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

The punch to her head was a bit much, but otherwise the police officer was just defending himself. Police officers' lives are endangered every day, so they do have to take security precautions. I don't think anything else he did was wrong; don't resist arrest, or you're just bringing trouble upon yourself.

thenameshailie
by Ruby Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Being cuffed wasnt going to hurt her baby. If she cared so much she would have stood still and went peacefully. I wouldnt say that he punched her in the head either.

Delila12
by Gold Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM
I watched. He already had her hands behind her back, it wasn't like there was more than one person fighting him. And I've seen less force when grown men try to resist arrest. So, like I said, my opinion is that he went too far.

Quoting tammyhunt11:

I think you need to go back and watch that again, and maybe the brothers interview too where he says, "She didn't want to put her hands behind her back because she is pregnant". He did the right thing, it was a fight involving six people, people (not only her) were resisting the police and screaming for them to get off the property.

Quoting Delila12:

He wasn't having any trouble arresting her. She wasn't fighting him, she was yelling. There was no reason to punch her, or toss her on the ground.


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