Police Beating Led To Miscarriage: Lawsuit

Cops beat a Georgia woman so badly that she suffered a miscarriage, according to a new lawsuit.

The suit, filed by Kenya Harris, names the City of Albany, Georgia, police chief John Proctor and officers Ryan Jenkins and Richard Brown, Jr., according to Courthouse News.

The suit claims that in May, 2011, Harris came to the Albany Police department after her son was arrested. She waited five hours to pick him up, but then told Jenkins she needed to leave to tend to her other children at home.

Jenkins said if she made that request again he would take her head and "'put it to the floor."

When Harris asked again, the suit alleges "Defendant Officer Jenkins, without provocation, grabbed plaintiff, who weighs less than one hundred twenty (120) pounds, by her neck and slammed her to the ground. Plaintiff momentarily blacked out and came to with defendant Officer Jenkins sitting on her back, and with his knee on her arm. Plaintiff was pregnant at the time."

Jenkins then arrested Harris for obstruction of justice, according to WFXL.

The next day when she was released from jail, Harris went to Phoebe Convenient Care for medical treatment and was told she had miscarried because of her injuries, the suit said.

Albany city attorneys declined to comment and the police department said neither officer named in the suit currently works for the department, according to WFXL.

The suit says Harris was the victim of excessive force and asks for $50,000 in punitive damages, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.



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