U.S. Supreme Court
Cops Defending Taser Use Against Pregnant Motorist Won’t Get Supreme Court Hearing
Posted May 29, 2012 10:27 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
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 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.
ABAJournal.com: "Supreme Court to Consider Cert Grant in Case of Officers Who Used Taser on a Pregnant Woman"
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