A pregnant woman from Pass Christian, Mississippi, was tased three times in the stomach after imploring officers not to telling them she was pregnant as two onlookers filmed the confrontation. Aviana White was in the passenger seat of her brother’s vehicle when he was pulled over for a traffic stop, when asked her name she declined to provide the information (as she is allowed to do as the incident for which the car was stopped did not involve her), and the altercation occurred after police unlawfully chased her down as she walked away from the vehicle.
As reported by The Miami Herald:
Aviana White, 27, was a passenger in her brother’s car when the officer pulled him over Monday morning for speeding, Pass Christian Police said. He had no license.
Police Chief Tim Hendricks said the officer was trying to be helpful by asking for White’s name and license so that she could drive her brother’s car home.
The chief said White’s defiance throughout the traffic stop created a “heightened sense of awareness” in the officer, who had no way of knowing what might happen.
At some point, White and her brother got out of the car. Her brother, Miles Spear, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge and put in the back of a patrol car.
White told the Sun Herald the law does not require her to give her name, so she refused. White said she believes her refusal angered the officer, whom she and a witness identified as Kandice Clayton.
As it turns out, police later learned that White had an outstanding arrest warrant from 2014 for misdemeanor domestic violence in Long Beach.
The officer told the siblings to stay in the car, all agree.
White called her mother, Mary Spear, to pick up the car. Mary Spear said the scene was calm when she arrived. She said the officer told her that a tow truck was coming for the car.
White walked off, saying she was not under arrest and did not have to stay in the car. White said she took her cell phone and called the Pass Christian Police Department to complain about the way she was being treated.
She was standing under a tree, talking on the phone, according to a witness who had strolled out onto her porch nearby.
The officer “got in her car, sped down to this girl, and the girl wasn’t going nowhere,” said the witness, Alicia Burton, “so it didn’t have to escalate the way it did. I feel it could have went totally different if (the officer) had handled it different.”
Burton said the officer got out of her car and “charged” toward White. White was saying, “Wait, I’m pregnant,” resisting as the officer grabbed her, Burton said. The officer managed to wrestle White to the ground, Burton and White’s mother said.
The officer also had a stun gun. By all accounts, White was screaming, “Don’t Tase me, I’m pregnant!” Her mom and Burton chimed in, they said. Both women said they also were screaming, “Don’t Tase her, she’s pregnant!”
Burton said the officer “went to tasing that girl all over her body.” Spear said the officer shocked White at least three times in the abdomen and on her leg.
“I’m upset,” Burton said. “That was a situation that escalated that didn’t have to escalate the way it did.” Burton felt the officer should have waited for backup, which was on the way.
Essentially police, in this case, are claiming the “I feared for my life” excuse in this case? What threat is a pregnant woman on the phone to these armed officers, and why would they continuously tase her after being informed that she is pregnant? What occurred is clearly a gross miscarriage of justice, but more than likely the officer will get away with tasing this poor woman as is the case with most police brutality cases as of late.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think the actions of Aviana White warranted being tased, or do you think the officer stepped over the line? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
(Article by Tasha Sharifa)