Community members in Upstate New York are pissed-off and looking for answers as to why a Police Officer used extreme force on a woman who confessed to be pregnant prior to her arrest. On Tuesday night, a YouTube video went semi-viral as Rochester, NY citizens used social media to shout their concerns about excessive force used by an officer during an outside altercation on a woman who resisted arrest.
The five-minute video shows RPD officer attempting to arrest a Black woman in a driveway as she kept screaming “I’m pregnant… you’re going to kill my baby!” Shortly after, the officer used force to push the woman towards the wall of the house, then towards a metal stair-railing, and eventually punching the woman in the face and, slamming her on the ground.
The video only captures the point where officers are attempting to arrest the woman and a Black male, who may be her brother, so viewers are awaiting a speedy response from the police department with hopes for details about the entire incident.
In the background, you hear people, some children- crying, screaming, and begging the officer to be cautious with the pregnant woman prior to the officer arresting her. About 4 minutes later, after the arrest, some bystanders were furious and even spoke racial slurs.
Standing close by was a lady, possibly a family member or friend, who was hysterical about the situation saying,
“He beat a pregnant woman…it’s wrong…how could you do that to a woman…they train him to beat on woman”
As we know, there are always 3 sides to every story and we are unaware of the entire situation. We also know that public servants, particularly Police Officers, are here to protect and to serve and often times are charged with extremely difficult situations in their efforts to do so.
However, the community wants answers and consequences about the extremely unethical practices in law enforcement exhibited last night as well as commitment to ensure that the public servants who take oath for the people, are not abusing their powers and hurting the people.
While we strive to support the ones who are paid to protect, we struggle to support because of situations as such.