Protect and Serve--and Taser
A woman who was tasered in the neck while she was seven-months pregnant was found not guilty by an Ohio jury. The incident happened in November 2007.
Valreca Redden, 33, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of official business by police officer Michael Wilmer. The incident occurred when Redden visited the police department about giving up her one-year-old son.
Wilmer grabbed Redden, got her son away from her, then forced her to the ground and stunned her in neck when she resisted being handcuffed.
Wilmer has since been fired from the police department for reasons unrelated to the Redden affair. He said the visibly-pregnant woman refused to answer his questions about herself and her son, then disobeyed Wilmer when he told her "not to leave".
Doesn't sound like grounds for tasering a seven-month pregnant woman.
The suburban Dayton jury apparently agreed with us, deliberating less than three hours before delivering the "Not Guilty" verdict.
Tasers are the new toys for police boys--and boys have to play.
* Jury says Ohio woman who was stunned not guilty