A police officer from Pass Christian, Mississippi, is being accused of tasering a pregnant woman in the stomach even after she implored him not to because of the harm it could do to her unborn baby.
The Miami Sun Herald reports that 27-year-old Aviana White got into a confrontation with police after they pulled over her brother’s car and discovered that he did not have a driver’s license. White, who was a passenger in the car, had an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge from 2014, and refused to tell officers her name.
At some point during the confrontation, White walked away from the car and placed a phone call to the Pass Christian Police Department to complain about her treatment. At that point, witnesses say an officer “charged” toward her while holding a stun gun before grabbing White.
Witnesses tell the Sun Herald that White then told the officer to be careful with the taser because she was pregnant. Witness Alicia Burton says that the officer didn’t listen to her, and proceeded to taser her three times in the abdomen, and once in the leg.
“I’m upset,” Burton explained to the Sun Herald. “That was a situation that escalated that didn’t have to escalate the way it did.”
Watch a video report on the incident below.