In 2004, San Francisco mother Malaika Brooks took three officers to court after being tased seven months into her pregnancy. Refusing to step out of her vehicle after being stopped for speeding at 32 mph in a 20 zone, the officers won the case in a split decision because the law in question was not clear at the time. Now, eight years after the incident, the cops are appealing the Ninth Circuit’s ruling on excessive force.
They believe the ruling “effectively strips officers of the authority to use any pain compliance technique to control an actively resisting arrestee.” In layman’s terms, they feel restrained by law to not be able to tase pregnant women as often as they’d like. Supreme Court justices will decide on the “useful pain technique” next week.