Police Abuse of Pregnant Women Becomes Routine
Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute
July 11, 2012
On July 4, a San Antonio police officer spotted Destiny Rios walking on a city street and asked her name. After discovering an active warrant for prostitution, the officer attempted to arrest Rios. Two other officers arrived, handcuffed her, and threw her to the ground, where one of them struck the screaming woman at least nine times.
Rios is 5’1’’ and weighs 126 pounds. She is also pregnant. A horrified eyewitness who captured the assault on video recalled: “All I heard was her yelling to get off me. I heard her yell `I’m pregnant. She was already cuffed and they started to beat her.”
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus insists that there was nothing amiss in the behavior of his officers. Beating a prone, tiny and handcuffed woman is justified, he said, “in order to get her to comply.”
This is at least the third recent high-profile case of police abusing a pregnant woman: A near-term pregnant woman was kicked in the stomach in Georgia’s DeKalb County, and another was tasered in Chicago.
Police actions of this kind in a foreign country would be condemned in a State Department human rights report. In the supposed Land of the Free they’re considered entirely appropriate.
Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.