Rochester police attack pregnant womanA video of what appears to be a brutal attack of a pregnant woman by a Rochester, N.Y. police officer surfaced on the web this week, and people are rightly outraged.

The video, captured Tuesday evening by a neighbor, shows 21-year-old Brenda Hardaway pleading with officers as they try to restrain her.

As Hardaway repeatedly yells, “I’m pregnant! Get off me! You’re going to kill my baby,” Officer Lucas Krull punches her in the head and throws her to the ground.

Alternet.org gives more details about the altercation:

Police claim that the woman was arrested because she threatened to use a can of pepper spray on the police after intervening in the arrest of another person. In the video, her 16-year-old brother can be seen sitting on the steps, hands cuffed, telling the officers that his sister simply can’t have her hands cuffed behind her back because she is pregnant, and falling forward could cause harm to the baby.

While the video appears to show a vicious encounter, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard told reporters his officers showed “tremendous restraint.”

“While the video may cause concern relative to the officer’s tactics, I stress that it is important that the incident be viewed in its totality and to withhold judgment until all the facts are known, including those parts of the event that are not shown on the video,” he said.

(Trigger warning: the video may be difficult to watch.)

Hardaway was taken to Rochester General Hospital where she was treated for injuries to her elbow and nose. She was arrested and charged with assault and resisting arrest, and is being held in Monroe County Jail on $7,500 bail.

Hardaway’s brother was released after being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Rochester Police Chief Sheppard says officers’ actions are under review.

  • Lylydon’tlie

    White folks are working overtime to try and show people of color our ‘place’ and what they really think of us. Let them know we know our worth though- don’t let things like this slide! She can take legal action (even if the justice system is part and parcel of the racist foundation of this country), we’ve got to shame the devil, because he sure is busy.

  • Perspective

    As white people said about the Chris Lane killing – “WHERE’S AL SHARTON?”

    I ask

    Where is C. Karazin from “Beyond Black and White?”

  • Anonymous

    I may be in the minority here, but I’ll go ahead..

    While I do think the officer was a bit excessive in his recorded actions (smacking her in the head and slamming her to the ground), I don’t feel that being pregnant is an excuse for repeatedly resisting arrest. Record everything going down. Keep reiterating that you’re pregnant. But listen to what they tell you to do. Police know that they can use force on anyone. So if you know this as a pregnant woman your first priority should be the well being of your child. According to what the Chief of Police said, she threatened to use Pepper Spray on an Officer. They always take threats seriously.

  • Perspective

    This video illustrates the draw back of not having a patriarchy OPERATED AND CONTROLLED by your own men.

    The women are left defenseless, and the (black) men frankly don’t care because the black woman isn’t attached to anything that the black man is trying to build nor pass on.

    Unfortunately, Black men look at black women getting ruffed up by police the same way as they look at black men.

    It’s a little hard for black women to assert themselves as EQUAL to men on a daily basis, or men to try to EQUALIZE themselves to the intrinsic value of women, and then when something like this happens, women pull out the – “I’m a woman!” CARD

    As we can see those WHITE MALE POLICE OFFICERS, could give a damn of their FEMALE STATUS, and the lone black male police officer wanted no parts of the whole situation.

    The bottom line is black women are COMPLETELY unprotected, and I’m not proud to say that as a black man, but black women aren’t going to be protected by insisting that they are 100% EQUAL to their own men.

    I think these white police officers demonstrated just how NOT equal women are… when it comes down to it.

    Even if the women were going to get arrested, it still would have been better if it were ALL black officers handling the situation because AT LEAST – you’re dealing with your own people and not a group of men who has shown a historic hostility towards your people. Then all the details of what actually started the whole thing and the arrest itself could be sorted out WITHOUT assuming there was any BIAS

  • Afrostyling

    “Police claim that the woman was arrested because she threatened to use a can of pepper spray on the police after intervening in the arrest of another person.”

    She is pregnant but trying to pepper spray the police? And is shocked when they tried to handcuff her? These people already need little to no incentive to act like barbarians and treat you like second class citizens, why would you get in their face? This is what happens when black women have the mule mentality. Your ass is pregnant but you want to go ahead and defend a man from the police. Please seat your pregnant ass down.

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