Police body-cam video shows what the ACLU states was a wrongful arrest of a pregnant woman in a school parking lot. The arrest involved the wrestling to the ground of the eight months pregnant African American woman after she got into an argument with a white woman outside a school in Barstow, California. The women were upset with each over a driving dispute. Some are calling the arrest “unlawful.”
A heavy snowstorm on Saturday is to blame for an Ohio Turnpike crash that killed a Michigan woman and her unborn child.
The Ohio Highway Patrol said Beverly Smith, 32, of Middleville, Mich., and the baby she was carrying died as a result of their injuries. Her husband, Eric Smith, 33, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries, the patrol said.
Eight vehicles were involved in the crash, which blocked all of the westbound lanes of the turnpike. The crash involved five semi-trailers.
The woman was a passenger in a Ford F-150 that her husband was driving when the crash occurred, the patrol said. They were trapped for a long time in the vehicle, which ended up underneath a trailer. Once they were removed, the Smiths were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio.
Six other people were injured, but they refused to be treated or taken to the hospital, police said.
According to FOX31 in Denver, a video taken by a witness during an arrest shows a Denver police officer punching a suspect in the face six times and then tripping the man’s pregnant girlfriend.
The witness who took the video claims an officer took the tablet he was using to record the arrest and deleted the video file, not realizing it had already been stored on electronic cloud storage.
The limited-use video obtained by FOX 31 in Denver shows the suspect’s head bouncing off the pavement from the force of the punches.
Police reports state that the police officer, Charles “Chris” Jones IV made the arrest after undercover narcotics police officers say they saw the suspect, David Flores, a suspected drug user, stuff a white sock in his mouth that they thought contained drugs.
Police say Flores refused to respond to requests to show his hands.
While Jones and his partner Christopher Evans were holding and punching Flores, Jones pulls the feet of Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, 25, out from under her,causing her to fall.
Jones said he tripped her because he thought she was going to kick him. He also cited reasons for why he punched Flores.