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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

click to enlarge Pregnant woman handcuffed after she was tased. - VIA YOUTUBE
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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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