An Illinois woman who was arrested two months into her pregnancy filed a lawsuit claiming that police officers Tasered her and used force so excessive that she ended up losing her baby.
According to the suit filed on Thursday, in October of 2011, Cook County resident Cherese Morris was walking down a street while talking on her cell phone when three officers from the Robbins Police Department approached her, knocked the device out of her hand and arrested her for no apparent reason.
As officers handcuffed the woman with her hands behind her back, one of Morris' shoulder 'popped,' causing her to scream out in agony several times, the suit states.
Instead of loosening the restraints, the officers then threw Morris face down into the back of the squad car and shocked her with a Taser several times, according to the filing cited by the Chicago Sun-Times.
As a result, the pregnant woman's body stiffened to such a degree that she ended up knocking a window out of the patrol car before passing out.
Morris was charged with battery, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest, but prosecutors decide not to pursue the two first charges, and the latter counts while eventually dismissed.
Two weeks after the arrest, lawsuit claims that Morris had a miscarriage and lost her child.
The Daily Mail reached out to the Robbins Police Department on Friday, but Police Chief Holmes was not immediately available for comment.
According to Morris' lawsuit, the woman attempted to file a complaint with the department in August, but was told the officers involved in her arrest were no longer there, and the statute of limitations for filing her grievances had expired.
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