The family of a pregnant woman who was reportedly Tasered by police Tuesday says they plan to file complaints against the officers who arrested her.
Tiffany Rent, 30, was approached by Chicago Police in the parking lot of a Walgreen's in Roseland late Tuesday night, who ticketed her for parking in a handicapped space, according to WGN. The police report says that Rent tore up the ticket and threw it at the officer, and in the ensuing altercation between police, Rent and her boyfriend Joseph Hobbs, a Taser was discharged.
Police News Affairs told NBC Chicago that they had no information about whether Rent was pregnant, but relatives say Rent is eight months pregnant. Rent was taken to a nearby hospital Tuesday night and released, but her family drove her to the University of Illinois Hospital Wednesday morning after she reported pain during her court appearance.
Rent and Hobbs were each charged with resisting arrest and simple assault, and Rent was ticketed for parking in a handicapped space, according to NBC Chicago.
Rent's sister, Shareeta Rent, told the Chicago Tribune that the family believes police used excessive force. In addition to Rent being Tasered, Hobbs' elbow was dislocated during the altercation, which happened while Rent's 9-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter were in the car.
"How could you do that to a pregnant woman?" Shareeta Rent told the newspaper. "My niece and nephew are in the back seat of the car crying. They did that in front of her kids."
The family says they will pursue formal complaints against the police department.
Flickr photo by CEA.
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