Tasers and stun guns have gained national attention with incidents ranging from silly youtube stunts to deaths related to their use, but this is one I haven't heard of...

A settlement has been reached in the case of Chicago resident Tiffany Rent versus the City of Chicago in the amount of $55,000.  

Officer Uses Stun Gun on Pregnant Woman

Last June, then 8 months pregnant Tiffany Rent was shocked by a stun gun while her 9 year old son and 3 year old daughter watched. Allegedly there was a dispute over a parking ticket with the police officer in question, that’s when the officer chose to use a stun gun on Rent. Being that she was 8 months pregnant, there was so hiding the fact that she was with child.

The officer said that Rent tore up her ticket and threw it at him to which he responded by asking for identification and writing her a subsequent ticket for littering. According to the police report, Rent was warned that the officer would use the stun gun if necessary.  The officer that subsequently shocked Rent claims that she was attempting to drive away, although her lawyer says that is impossible given the location of the vehicle and the fact that it was blocked by a block wall and the officer’s car.

"I don't think he should have gone that far," Rent said. "It just makes me scared of the Chicago Police Department."

Rent’s lawsuit alleged that the officer’s conduct was "illegal, unwarranted and brutal"; she also named her two children as victims and made a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit also indicated that the officers on scene “mocked and laughed” at Rent after she was shocked with the Taser.

Rent gave birth to a healthy baby boy last July; Indicative of the fact that a little electricity never hurt anyone? Probably not!

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