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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
Replies (41-50):
kerriwarenda
by Bronze Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM
She got arrested for pointing mace at a pig


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?  


MicheleJM
by Ruby Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Yep this.  As far as being pregnant...women lie about that sometimes to get out of an arrest.  I tell ds don't ever fight the police you will lose.  Wait until you get before the judge...


Quoting Lunarprancer:

Video?

Nevermind, saw it.

I agree with another poster, don't resist arrest.



our.love.story
by Platinum Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

She was worried about falling forward?? My brother and SIL and my other brother have been cops for 10 years and NONE of them have EVER had someone they arrested fall forward! What a stupid excuse! Don't resist arrest...plain and simple.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Don't resist arrest. 

Cmgmqmmom
by Sass Queen on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM
The head shot is typical police training used to attempt to subdue. I'm not saying it's right or wrong.

If I were pregnant and being arrested, I would do anything to prevent myself from being injured. So that means not resisting arrest. I read in the newspaper article that she yelled to her neighbor to record the arrest and then she started being belligerent. Obviously she did it in the hopes of claiming this exact thing.

Don't resist arrest.... that's all there is to it.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM


oink oink "aaaaaahhhhmy eyes!"   

Quoting kerriwarenda:

She got arrested for pointing mace at a pig


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?  




SiriSilasMom
by Silver Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

The punch wasn't necessary. She was already in cuffs.

our.love.story
by Platinum Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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As she should be...by the way, he's a police officer, not a pig.


Quoting kerriwarenda:

She got arrested for pointing mace at a pig


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?  




our.love.story
by Platinum Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Nope, she was not. He was trying to put the cuffs on her and she kept resisting. If you watch the video, her arms are free when they are on the ground.


Quoting SiriSilasMom:

The punch wasn't necessary. She was already in cuffs.



SiriSilasMom
by Silver Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Oh okay, I just watched again. I didn't notice the first time. The punch was still unnecessary.

However I do not blame the cop. If she was so worried about her unborn she would have complied from the beginning and it never would have gotten to that point. 

Quoting our.love.story:

Nope, she was not. He was trying to put the cuffs on her and she kept resisting. If you watch the video, her arms are free when they are on the ground.


Quoting SiriSilasMom:

The punch wasn't necessary. She was already in cuffs.




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