This is going too far.
A Rochester, NY police officer who subdued a woman with punches and excessive force is coming under fire from those in the community because, get this, the woman was pregnant.
Despite her pleas, telling the officer of her condition, he continued to apply force, punching her in the head and forcing her to the ground.
According to USA Today:
The chaotic Tuesday evening arrest of 21-year-old Brenda Hardaway and her 16-year-old brother was videotaped and posted on YouTube. WHAM-TV identified the person who took the video as the son of Hardaway’s neighbor.
The first 45 seconds of the five-minute video show Officer Lucas Krull pinning Hardaway face-down on the hood of a car while trying to cuff her hands behind her back. She resists, repeatedly telling him and other officers that she’s pregnant. Krull then punches Hardaway in the back of the head and tosses her to the ground before other officers help him cuff her and others take her brother into custody.
But the officer is getting support from the police chief, who said Hardaway was resisting arrest, therefore warranting the force.
Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard told local media outlets that the officers showed “tremendous restraint” while subduing the teen and Hardaway, whose family said she’s six months pregnant. Krull used a distraction technique that officers are taught to employ to disorient someone who’s resisting arrest, Sheppard said.
“While the video may cause concern relative to the officer’s tactics, I stress that it is important that the incident be viewed in its totality and to withhold judgment until all the facts are known, including those parts of the event that are not shown on the video,” he said.
Sheppard also claims that Hardaway pointed pepper spray at the officers, a part of the encounter that was not shown on tape.
The officer’s actions are being reviewed to determine if he complied with the department’s training policy.
As for Hardaway, she was taken to Rochester General Hospital, where she was treated and released. She also pleaded not guilty to charges that included assault and resisting arrest and is being held in Monroe County Jail on $7,500 bail.
And not one cop involved gets reprimanded for this behavior? Watch the disturbing video above.
SOURCE: USA Today