The unfortunate factual circumstances

32 mph.

That’s how fast Malaika Brooks was driving when she was stopped by the police.  She refused to sign the ticket and refused to get out the car.  So the cops tased her.

Three times.

Brooks was seven months pregnant at the time.  Her son was also in the car with her.

“Police officers have to have the ability to compel people to obey their lawful orders,” Buck [a lawyer for the officers] said. That’s all the court recognized today. The 9th Circuit just applied the law instead of getting caught up in the otherwise unfortunate factual circumstances.”

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6 thoughts on “The unfortunate factual circumstances

  1. I was pulled over and cited because I was speeding in a school zone. I received a $175 discount for DWW (driving while white). The officer chose to cite me for failure to register an address change with the DMV, a $25 fix it ticket. After reading this story, I’ve decided to donate the money to a local civil rights organization.

  2. The link sent me to the msnbc main page rather than to an article, could you please fix it? I’d like to read this.

  3. Unbelievable: THREE trained police officers judged that they could not safely subdue an unarmed seven-months-pregnant mother stopped outside her son’s school. Three police officers!!! Even if Ms. Brooks were an incredible athlete, at about the seven months point I don’t think she was either a flight risk or a threat to the safety of the officers. There is no excuse for what they did to her.

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