A police officer in Chicago is under investigation after he used a stun gun on a woman who tore up her parking ticket in front of him. The big problem: the woman was pregnant. For her part, the 30-year-old pregnant woman, Tiffany Rent, said there was no reason for the police to use the stun gun, and that other officers had verbally abused her after the tasing.
Rent is eight months pregnant.
According to Rent’s sister, Sharita, Tiffany pulled into a handicapped space in order to deal with a crying child. As soon as she did, police pulled behind her and blocked her in. “She asked them, were they writing her a ticket, and they told her yes,” said Sharita. “She tried to explain to them what happened, as far as her little getting out of the car, and her trying to calm her down and console her, and the guy gave her a ticket for $200. She ripped the ticket up, tore it in half, and threw it on the ground.” Rent then got back in her car, and the police officer tased her through the window.
At the hospital, said Tiffany, other officers made fun of her. “They said … I know she’s pregnant. Then one of the other officers said I deserve it. Another officer said, ‘Go get Jesse Jackson.’ They were all laughing, like it was so funny.”
The police officer’s report says that Rent tried to drive off after getting back in her car. Rent has been charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and simple assault. Her boyfriend, the father of her child, was also arrested for fighting with officers.