Two years ago, when Seattle mom Malaika Brooks was seven months pregnant, she was tasered to the point of collapse by three police officers over her refusal to sign a speeding ticket. Brooks, who was driving her son to school and had to go to the bathroom, accepted the ticket but didn't sign...which led to the use of the stun gun. When she sued over the police officers' use of excessive force, they defended their actions — and were commended by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski.
Brooks' story is in the news again as an appeal of the initial ruling will be reviewed next week — by the Supreme Court. The officers want their right to use stun guns on pregnant women to be protected.
But as writer Nsenga K. Burton points out, "What society says about mothers and how mothers are treated are two different things. . . .What is the world coming to when three police officers need a Taser to arrest an unarmed pregnant woman?"