A police officer in Georgia has become the subject of an investigation for kicking a pregnant woman in the stomach. Jerad Wheeler, an officer in DeKalb County, responded to a call over a custody dispute involving the brother of the alleged victim, Raven Dozier.
According to Dozier she was actually trying to calm her brother down when cops were called to the scene and shot him with a stun gun. When she questioned their actions, Dozier was kicked in the stomach by Wheeler. "I was upset because I couldn't believe an officer would kick me, with my child in my stomach," she said.
Officer Wheeler downplayed the incident, writing it off as a “front push kick to the abdomen, as he was taught to do at the academy.” He also claims to have not known that Dozier was pregnant, and stated in the police report that she “approached him aggressively.” Not surprisingly, Wheeler has had two complaints filed against him in the last two months, and while the investigation is pending, the police initially closed out the case concluding that Wheeler responded correctly.
Dozier is the latest pregnant woman to allege police brutality. As we reported, a pregnant woman in Florida was tasered by police following an altercation at her house, which resulted in her arrest. The state of Georgia has also gotten some negative publicity behind a bar owner posting racist remarks about President Obama.
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