A pregnant woman was reportedly Tasered and arrested by Chicago police Tuesday evening after she refused to move her vehicle from a handicap parking spot, according to local media reports. Officers also arrested her boyfriend.
Chicago Police Officer Robert Perez confirmed to msnbc.com that “an incident took place at 8:25 p.m. and two adults were placed under arrest, and a Taser was used on one individual.” He said the Chicago Police Department refused to comment further on the case.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Tiffany Rent was ticketed for parking in a handicapped space at a Walgreens in the Roseland neighborhood, located in south Chicago. A police report states Rent ripped up the ticket, threw it at the officer and apparently "attempted to take off," according to the Tribune.
At some point, a Taser was used to take the woman into custody, the Tribune reported.
Rent was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where a nursing supervisor told the Tribune the baby appeared to be unharmed. Rent's sister, Shareeta Rent, told the Tribune her sister is eight months pregnant. She was treated and later released, the nursing supervisor told the Tribune.
"I'm outraged, just livid. Who does that?" Shareeta Rent told the Tribune.
Shareeta Rent said her 30-year-old sister was sitting in her SUV when she was pulled out of the vehicle by officers. She said Rent was taunted while she was on the ground.
Shareeta Rent also said her sister's two children also were in the vehicle during the dispute.
"How could you do that to a pregnant woman?" Shareeta Rent told the Tribune. "My niece and nephew are in the back seat of the car crying. They did that in front of her kids."
Boyfriend Joseph Hobbs, the father of the unborn child, was arrested when he tried to intervene, police said. He suffered a dislocated elbow during the arrest, the Tribune reported.
Rent and Hobbs were each charged with resisting arrest and simple assault. Rent also was issued another ticket for parking in a handicapped space, according to NBCChicago.com.
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