Malaika Brooks was seven months pregnant when she was tasered three times.
She was driving her 11-year-old son to school when she was stopped by police. According to the police, she was going 32 miles per hour in a school zone speed limit of 20.
She accepted the ticket, but refused to sign it. But State law requires that she does.
The police officers asked her to get out of her car and when she refused another office tasered her.
She was tasered once on the leg, one on her left arm and another on her neck.
Ms. Brooks fell out of the car and was dragged by the officers into the street. She laid face down while they cuffed her behind her back.
A few months later, she gave birth to a healthy girl. She was convicted of refusing to sign the ticket. Her response was to sue the officers who caused her pain and left permanent scars on her body.
The officers have won a split decision in October. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco said they cannot be sued because the law at the time of the incident was not clear.
Judge Barry G. Silverman, said “tasing was a humane way to force Brooks out of her car.”
“There are only so many ways a person can be extracted from a vehicle against her will, and none of them is pretty,” he explained. “Fists, batons, chokeholds, tear gas and chemical spray all carry their own risks to suspects and officers alike.”
Michael F. Williams, Ms. Brooks lawyer, said, “The officers are trying to defend inexcusable conduct. They inflicted enormous pain on a woman who was especially vulnerable over what was essentially a traffic violation.”
An image of Ms. Brooks and her baby girl are pictured below. It is good to hear they are doing well despite of what happened to them.