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October 19, 2014, 11:23 pm
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Springfield Police Defend Use Of Taser Against Pregnant Woman

Springfield police say they used appropriate and justified force when a pregnant woman was tasered during an altercation with officers over the weekend. 


A video of the incident has now been posted on YouTube (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE), and shows an officer attempting to subdue the woman as she tried to intervene with police who were restraining her boyfriend in the parking lot of Best Buy.  The officer ordered the woman to comply or risk being tasered… when she did not obey the commands, she received what police call a “drive stun,” where the taser is applied directly against her leg. 


Deputy police chief Cliff Buscher says police followed proper procedure and did what was necessary to minimize risk both to the woman and to the officers involved in the altercation.  The woman and her boyfriend are both facing charges, and the incident remains under review.

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