U.S. Supreme Court

Cops Defending Taser Use Against Pregnant Motorist Won't Get Supreme Court Hearing


The U.S Supreme Court has refused to grant cert in an appeal by Seattle police officers who say they did not use excessive force when they used a Taser stun gun on a pregnant woman.

The court denied cert today, report SCOTUSblog, Reuters and CNN.

The woman, Malaika Brooks, was seven months pregnant when she was pulled over for going 32 miles an hour, 12 miles an hour over the limit in a school speed zone. She refused to sign the ticket and refused to exit her car.

The en banc San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that police used excessive force, but they had immunity because the law was unclear. The case is Daman v. Brooks.

Prior coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Supreme Court to Consider Cert Grant in Case of Officers Who Used Taser on a Pregnant Woman”

ABAJournal.com: “Seattle Battles Its Own Attorney in Dispute Over US Supreme Court Appeal in Excessive-Force Case”

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