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A Georgia woman claimed in a lawsuit that police officers in Albany beat her so badly that she had a miscarriage.
In a complaint filed in federal court, Kenya Harris explained that she went to the Albany Police Department in May 2011 to pick up her minor son after he was arrested, according to Courthouse News.
Harris said she waited five hours for her son before informing Officers Ryan Jenkins that she needed to return home to take care of her other children.
“Defendant Officer Jenkins stated that he did not appreciate the tone in which she was communicating with him, and further stated that if she continued he would take her head and ‘put it to the floor,’” the lawsuit stated.
The mother once again insisted that she needed to leave, and that’s when Jenkins decided to use force.
“Defendant Officer Jenkins, without provocation, grabbed plaintiff, who weighs less than one hundred twenty (120) pounds, by her neck and slammed her to the ground,” the lawsuit said. “Plaintiff momentarily blacked out and came to with defendant Officer Jenkins sitting on her back, and with his knee on her arm. Plaintiff was pregnant at the time.”
“Defendant Officer Jenkins put handcuffs on plaintiff and slammed her against the wall. Plaintiff was placed into an interrogation room after she was beaten and handcuffed.”
Harris asked for medical attention, but officers denied the request. Instead, she was charged with obstruction, and spent one night in the Dougherty County Jail.
The lawsuit names Officers Ryan Jenkins and Richard Brown, Jr., Police Chief John Proctor, and the City of Albany. Harris is seeking $50,000 plus punitive damages for excessive force, assault and battery and emotional distress.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
You gotta watch your P's and Q's around po po and respect their authorit or they will force it on you.
originally posted by: IntastellaBurst
This would be an easy million dollar case, hell, people sue for more just for emotional distress.
originally posted by: subfab
we don't know the whole story.
no one whether a police officer or not, i repeat no one just goes around beating on people for the fun of it.
there has to be more to the story. it is a huge jump from being an arrogant police officer to being a brutal thug.
all people are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. i personally refuse to make the claim any citizen, police or not, is guilty of a crime without knowing all the evidence.
Well, that's one less kid she will have to pick up from jail later.
This woman, even according to her own testimony, was never "beaten", that's some hack journalism right there.
I bet it turns out that the woman is a non working welfare recipient, living in public housing, squeezing out child after child (the miscarriage,if she was really even pregnant, was would have been her 7th child) for the taxpayers to support
Hey guess what? You are not allowed to go into a police station and give the officers grief if they aren't moving fast enough to suit your needs.
That is disorderly conduct and in a police station it is obstruction.
Also, this would probably be bigger news but the police chief is black.