GA Police Dept. Thinks It’s Perfectly OK For a Cop To Kick a Pregnant Woman in The Stomach
I’m really curious who the police departments of the world are referring to when they say their mission is to protect and serve. In a sad instance of police brutality in Georgia, the only person Dekalb, County police officers have protected is one of their own.
About four months ago, Raven Dozier said that police officer Jerad Wheeler kicked her in the abdomen after he responded to a call involving a child custody case at her home. Dozier says she was trying to calm her brother down during police questioning after an officer used a Taser gun on him, and in the midst of her crying and questioning the officer, he got violent.
“I think he really just didn’t want me asking him any questions, questioning him, and when I did question him is when he kicked me,” Dozier told WSBTV News.
At the time, Dozier was nearly nine months pregnant and two weeks after the incident she underwent an emergency c-section procedure and luckily gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Regardless of the positive outcome, Dozier is still upset at how she was treated and up until now, the Dekalb police department has defended Wheeler’s actions.
As if this justifies his actions, officer Wheeler said that he could not tell Dozier was pregnant during the incident—despite being almost full term. He also wrote in the official police report that he used “a front push kick to the abdomen, as he was taught to do at the academy” because she “approached him aggressively.”
A police report was actually filed during the altercation, but against Dozier who was charged with obstruction. Prosecutors have since dropped the charge—just like the allegations against Wheeler. When Dozier initially filed a complaint, the police department dismissed her allegations, refused an investigation and supported the officer’s actions. At least four supervisors and an internal affairs detective subsequently approved of Wheeler’s actions and agreed that the attack was within the department’s use of force policy. Dozier has now sought legal counsel and is making headway with news that Wheeler is finally under criminal investigation for the incident.
“What kind of a human being kicks a pregnant woman? I mean, forget whether or not it is a police officer that is supposedly protecting people,” Dozier’s attorney, Mark Bullman, told WSBTV News.
The police department has declined to comment on whether Wheeler is still on active duty, which would be shocking considering this is the third serious complaint that has been brought against him in less than a year. In September, a 53-year old woman said the officer twisted her arm and slammed her into a cop car for seemingly no reason and in January, Wheeler responded to a 911 call by arriving at the wrong address, then shot a leashed dog that was inside the incorrect home’s garage. Surprise, surprise, he was exonerated of both crimes. Dozier and her lawyer are trying to make this latest offense stick.
“It’s showing that there is an ongoing pattern and practice of attempting to clear officers of clearly illegal, unconstitutional, and improper conduct,” Bullman said.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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