In view of the recent Police killings and brutality coupled with large protest gatherings over the death of George Floyd. A woman named Emerald Black is suing the Californian city of San Leandro after an alleged June 7, 2019 attack by police officers she claims caused her to miscarry. Her attorneys filed a lawsuit against the city and its police on Monday. A lawsuit was filled against the city and it’s police by her attorneys on Monday.
According to the lawsuit Black had just been released from the hospital where she was informed she was at high risk of a miscarriage,
After the exams still dressed in her “hospital clothing,” Black was driven by her fiance. When the police pulled her fiance over for having an expired registration tags, Black informed the police she was pregnant and was asked to remain in the car while the police while the police talked to her husband outside.
Then, police allegedly yanked Black from the car, “taunted her, piled on top of her and stomped on her stomach leaving a shoe mark,” according to the court filing.
The attack caused Black to miscarry, she says. Now she’s suing for physical injuries, embarrassment, humiliation and emotional distress both from the incident and loss of her child.
The lawsuit alleges that police violated Black’s constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment which prohibit excessive force and unlawful seizure since Black was allegedly unarmed, noncombative and had committed no crimes.
“Defendants had no probable cause or even reasonable suspicion to use any force whatsoever against Plaintiff. Therefore, the use of any force, was unlawful and excessive.”
Black’s lawyer also claims that the officers violated the state’s Bane Act which protects citizens from any intimidation that interferes with their civil rights. Lastly, lawyers accused police of false seizure and arrest
This is not the first time police have been accused of mishandling a pregnant woman.
In May 2019, a Texas police officer shot and killed a woman during an arrest after she shouted, “I’m pregnant.” The woman had allegedly tried to grab the officer’s taser to use it against him.
In July 2019, New York City paid a $610,000 settlement to a woman who was shackled and handcuffed by police minutes before giving birth. Shackling pregnant prisoners during labor has been banned in New York state since 2009.
In July 2018, North Miami Beach police officer Ambar Pacheco was arrested after she allegedly Kicked Evoni Murray, a pregnant woman in the stomach. The woman was rushed to the hospital and gave birth to a healthy child. Pacheco was later charged with aggravated battery.
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