Chicago cops accused of using Taser on pregnant woman
A Taser X26 model and cartridges are displayed at a trade show for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in Montreal August 26, 2008.(QMI Agency File Photo)
A pregnant mother alleges a Chicago cop used a stun gun even though he knew she was expecting.
But police said Tiffany Rent, who is eight months pregnant and had her kids in the car, ripped up a parking ticket in a Walgreens pharmacy parking lot Tuesday, threw it in the officer's face, and was warned she'd be stunned if she tried to drive away, the Chicago Tribune reports. Supt. Garry McCarthy told a news conference Wednesday the officer discharged a Taser through the window of her SUV when Rent put her car into gear.
The case is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority, McCarthy said.
Crying in an interview after she was released by police, Rent admitted parking in a handicapped spot when she stopped at the drug store and her partner went into the store, and becoming angry when the cop gave her a ticket.
She said she tore up the ticket and walked away. As she was about to get into her car, the officer said she was going to be arrested. She continued to get into her car.
"I got scared and I raised my window up. I didn't start my car," she told Fox News.
"And that's when he shot the Taser gun through my window," she said. "My kids were screaming and crying."
Rent told the Tribune she was worried about her unborn son because she hadn't felt him move much since she was stunned. A hospital official told the newspaper she was treated and released.