Springfield, Illinois, Police Tase Pregnant Woman in Best Buy Parking Lot (VIDEO)

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Pregnant woman handcuffed after she was tased.
A woman who is eight months pregnant was tased by a Springfield, Illinois, police officer in a parking lot over the weekend in an incident that was caught on tape and has raised questions about the possible use of excessive force.

The dramatic footage, on view below, shows some sort of struggle that leads an officer to pull out a Taser and use it on the 29-year-old woman.

"Everything they did at this point that we've reviewed so far in reports and even in the video, they were within department guidelines," Cliff Buscher, deputy chief of criminal investigations for the department, tells Daily RFT.

Why did officers think a tasing was necessary?

The video, posted on YouTube over the weekend, now has more than 30,000 views. The tasing incident happens within the first ten seconds.

In the footage, the woman, who KSDK (Channel 5) identified as Lucinda White, is heard screaming, "Let me go! Let me go!" and, "I'm pregnant! I'm pregnant! I am pregnant!"

Officers are heard shouting that she is being arrested and one says, "You're getting tased!"

Others watching can also be heard screaming that she's pregnant and begging the officers to stop.

Eventually, she is handcuffed on the ground.

Daily RFT obtained a copy of the police report from Springfield police, on view below, which offers some details on how the situation got so out of control.

White, who was at the parking lot on Saturday with her 31-year-old boyfriend Frederic Thomas, had earlier been involved in some sort of minor car crash, which sparked the whole incident, the report says.

Continue for more details on the incident from the officers themselves and for another video.



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ianm77
ianm77

Ha Ha Ha Ha I love it!!!

Makes me want to be a cop.

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

Ridiculous, made my stomach turn to see them try to make her lay flat...too much force.

stokera3
stokera3

Of course all the white ass people would say something like that they could of taking  a different approach. she is pregnant. Now saying all of this, if it was a white ass cracker woman than they would not have done shit to her but talk to her. yes the lady did resist but she has and unborn baby that was very unnecessary to taze her!!!! It could have been done totally different. 

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

That was her choice to ast like a fool so she got what she deserved based on her behavior.

Meredith Gulley
Meredith Gulley

Question is how is the mom and baby doing after all this? And its bullshit!

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Well since we can't see what led up to the altercation and we have not seen any evidence that this guy did in fact hit someone's car it's next to impossible to know if this was police brutality. I do think I could have taken down that pregnant women without zapping her that was just crazy. Her; "I'm pregnant" Cop "Your getting tased". The cop was not going to listen to her at all. It was "hit the ground" or I'm going to zap you like live stock. More importantly why was the cop engaged in a physical altercation to begin with? I guess we will just have to take the cops word over who started it right?

Chiri Lamon
Chiri Lamon

If you where a cop and you pulled up and see another cop wrestling with two adults yelling for help with panic in his voice. As a cop you are to think quick and a taser was the safest way for him to go in this situation. What was he suppose to do? Casually walk over to her and wait for her to turn on him with the other offers gun?? He didn't know if she had a weapon or not, he saw a fellow officer in panic. Yes there are a lot of bad cops but we still have good ones out here. This isn't the first situation that involved a pregnant person being tazered and won't be the last. This woman was completely out if line. I mean if the officer maced her, he would still be ridiculed by some. I don't condone assesive force but wasn't considering what he walked into. I hate to see people do wrong and play the victim. Soon and she got tossed around "oh I'm pregnant"...... Uhmmm really now your pregnant ???

Savanah Fahrney-Day
Savanah Fahrney-Day

As someone whose local police department is quick to tase & shoot people, I think there is always another option.

Chiri Lamon
Chiri Lamon

NO!! not at all.. Officers are trained to look at anyone as a potential threat. Who does this!!!! This situation could've turned bad quick. What if she pulled his gun while he was wrestling with the guy. The I officer heard his fellow officer asking him to hurry. In this situation he did not know what was going on.. I'm sure DA will charge the female for some type of interference.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

Ryan, your a typical St.Louis royal pain in the ass, like the rest of the filth in this town, no..if she was such a HUGE threat..they could have at least cuffed her and put her in the car, but yet most of them are overweight and cant even run a quarter mile, so tasing someone is a little easier so they dont break a sweat.

Sadie Lankford
Sadie Lankford

I thought police officers were paid for training that taught them how to prepare better for things like this?

Ryan Conway
Ryan Conway

Indeed they could have handled it differently. They could have given her a hug and bought her a nice soda.

Ryan Conway
Ryan Conway

What, then, would have been an appropriate reaction? And disregard the fact that the officers would have been forced to make a split-second decision. Go ahead and think through all the possible outcomes of your decision.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

I said zero about what SHE did, her getting involved was wrong, of course it was, being police officers...they could have handled it differently, they do not think...they just act...thats the problem.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

I can handle my goddamn self, I have before and if I have to, I of course will again, and cause tasing a pregnant woman is legit, ya, they aren't cowards at all.

Ryan Conway
Ryan Conway

Amazing. We condemn the police for responding to a physical attack yet we don't condemn the two instigators. Because apparently defending oneself is wrong, but attacking another person without any provocation is just fine.

Ryan Conway
Ryan Conway

So you get attacked by two people, knocked to the ground, you're bleeding, what do you do? Ask them to please stop? Nope, you're going to do what you must to end the danger to yourself and others because that's your job. You have a duty to protect the general public and yourself.

Cheri Jean Sweaney
Cheri Jean Sweaney

wow, what a bunch of winners. glad to know they're breeding. imo baby daddy needs to grow up and think about his family rather than starting fights in parking lots over fender benders. oO.

Casey Case
Casey Case

hell no the Police should have done more her baby daddy hit and run and she got all up in the police to block them from arresting him if she was so scared for her baby she shouldnt have got involed with the arrest!! so she got what she desevered!!

Courtney M Hayes
Courtney M Hayes

That was absolutely sickening. There were obviously other options for dealing with the situation. Drunk with power.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

Police are almost always wrong...they are so hot in the biscuit to tase or shoot someone, its ridiculous...yes they went overboard and I pray she sues the shit out of them and gets a shitload of money, how fucking dare them, I hate cops.

MyVeritas
MyVeritas

Officer: ma'am, sir go wait by your car. I'll get your side when I'm done.

Couple: no problem officer.

Later,

Officer: ok folks, what is the version of events as you see them?

Man: that man says my girlfriend backed into him. That is wrong......continue on. Someone gets a ticket whether the other guy or girlfriend and your option is to plead not guilty and a judge decides IN COURT.

Anything else here is unnecessary. The couples actions, the officers actions because of the couples actions! There have been plenty of white men and women "assisted to the ground" when they failed to follow simple instructions who you can plainly see if you look at mugshots on the web. For blacks to continue to assert that they are being picked on I say stop making yourself a nuisance. Take responsibility for putting yourself in that situation. This doesn't happen to minorities or whites as a rule but when it does it's because someone couldn't follow simple instructions. It's getting old folks. You get what you give. Life 101. She should be jailed for endangering her unborn and take anger management as well as parenting classes. Shame on her!!!!!

MyVeritas
MyVeritas

If you are white, black, red, yellow, or brown and an officer tells you to get away and wait for your turn you do it. You don't insert yourself and try to get your side in first. If they had waited 5 minutes the officer would have turned his attention. A similar situation in South Florida this past week where an officer let his guard down at a traffic stop and the suspect walked up on him and shot the officer in the head. All of you who think if an officer tells me or another white person to step aside and wait that I would continue with my mouth must be stupid. It doesn't happen to us because we are brought up knowing how to conduct ourselves in a situation like this. It's called respect for the law. I don't feel the need to yell over others to get my point across. If she walked away would this have happened? No way. If she were white and got in the officers face? You bet she would have got the same. You choose to not see it and that's why you are not taken seriously!!!! It's ridiculous. Poor me!!!! Wah-f'n-wah!!!!!

carlray
carlray

A she did not resist according the a wittness she was pleeding with the officers she couldnt get on the ground becouse she was pregnet


B Clearly in this case the officers used exsisive force and I think the officers in questions need eather more training or to be fired over this

C not all white people are raciest or white cops the simple fact is  most are pretty good its those handful of bad ones you hear about just like many people of all races  are a majority Law adbinding its those hand that you hear about that are bad so lets try to remember that

calical35
calical35

Obeying the law is the right thing to do. My concern with this situation is the officer has no assessment skills and I'm sure there is some teaching before they are able to up hold the law. Clearly from the video she is not fat she has a round belly. Psyc Evals are a must for all people who carry weapons.  Now the question is regardless of race would that officer had like if a another office did that to his wife or his daughter. The world is in trying times lets be careful on how we treat and talk to one another.

rickdear01
rickdear01

ALLYOU CRACKER WITH THE, IT WAS OK COMMENTS,  GO STRAIGHT TO HELL, YOUR DAYS COMING ALSO. RACIST BASTARDS, YOU CAN TELL JUST BY THE WAY THE CRACKER COPS AND EVEN A CRACKER NOBODY PASSERBY TRIED TO BLOCK THE VIDEO.  HE SAW IT ALL SO WHY TRY AND BLOCK THE VIDEO.  BECAUSE EVEN THAT TRAILER PARK CRACKER KNEW THEY WERE WRONG. 

proppa_chick
proppa_chick

This is just a modern day lynching!! What part of "I'm pregnant and can't lie on the ground face down on my belly don't they understand!! It seems that they have no regard for a "Black Unborn Child's life!"  If she was white this would not have been the case! Black people and police are like mixing hot oil and water!  They definitely don't mix!! We are treated differently with no respect, harsher and always get the maximum sentences, shot and or killed!  When will it stop?????? I guess they say, we don't give a f**k if you are pregnant!  Kill them before they are born!  We as black people are living in very dangerous times!! Its like the police are a Group or Gang that has been designed for "Ethnic Cleansing" or "Genocide"!!! There won't be any black people left on this planet that is called earth pretty soon!! Mark my word!!!

Ricky Jinkens
Ricky Jinkens

Apparently the lady had no concern of the safety of her child. She should have obeyed the police officer, and should not have inserted herself into a physcial situation. My new defense is i am going to yell i am pregnant as i hit and pull on the police officer.

rjjinkens1s1
rjjinkens1s1

Apparently the woman was not so concerned about her baby.  she inserted herself into the situation by pulling on the officers back, and disobeying the officer.

Casey Case
Casey Case

Just because she is pregnant dosnt mean she can brake the law ! Don't do the crime if u can't do the time

Frank Zykan
Frank Zykan

Allison, which would you prefer? The officer had the choice of tasing, a nightstick, or plain brute force. Tasing seems to be the safest choice for all involved.

Nathan Adams
Nathan Adams

She fought. She got tazed. You get what you get.

Allison Whyte
Allison Whyte

What the hell is wrong with people? Are you telling me that a big, strong, supposedly well trained cop couldn't manage to subdue one tiny, enormously pregnant woman WITHOUT tasing her and her unborn child? Shame.

smooth_29045
smooth_29045

@Mark Swain What behavior? From the start of the video she was grabbed and thrown to the ground. With your remarks I think you and I should meet up and I give you what I feel you deserve for that comment. I`m in St. Louis right now. 1716 Cass Ave. Prove you aren`t a bitch talking shit on the computer. But I know you`re a bitch

smooth_29045
smooth_29045

@Chiri Lamon You really sound a little ignorant. You obviously weren`t looking and listening to the same video. She clearly said she was pregnant long before him throwing her to the ground. Both hands were free and clear for the officer to see. You just needed to stay out of the conversation if you had nothing sensible to say.

smooth_29045
smooth_29045

@Chiri Lamon If the police officer did nothing wrong, why did he lie about using a taser on her..... Why did he lie about doing it? I want you to give a logical answer as to why he lied about doing it. You talkin "What if shit" we know what actually happened. seeing is believing. But you a housen***a so you just go along with the shit until it`s done to you.

smooth_29045
smooth_29045

@Ryan Conway When standing at the back of the car before he grabbed her and took her to the ground, you mean to tell me she did not tell him she was pregnant and had her hands in front of her with no movement towards him. What was his response to that? Your goin down, going to tase you. GTFOH!!

stokera3
stokera3

@MyVeritasOf course all the white ass people would say something like that they could of taking  a different approach. she is pregnant. Now saying all of this, if it was a white ass cracker woman than they would not have done shit to her but talk to her. yes the lady did resist but she has and unborn baby that was very unnecessary to taze her!!!! It could have been done totally different. 

rickdear01
rickdear01

@Adam Usher SHE WAS SPEAKING ENGLISH ASSHOLE!

smooth_29045
smooth_29045

@Casey Case What crime did she comment dummy?

smooth_29045
smooth_29045

@Frank Zykan None of the above was in order for the situation.

smooth_29045
smooth_29045

@Nathan Adams What`s wrong with your statement is: She didn`t fight.... Look at the damn video before you make stupid comments

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