8 Months Pregnant Woman Tasered By Chicago Police – Take Action!

The family of a pregnant woman who was reportedly Tasered by police says they plan to file complaints against the officers who arrested her.

Tiffany Rent, who is 8 months pregnant, was in the parking lot of a Walgreen’s late Tuesday night, when she was approached by Chicago police who ticketed her for parking in a handicapped space, according to WGN.

Rent parked there because she was trying to calm down her 3-year-old daughter. She tried to explain what happened, but the police officers wouldn’t listen. Instead, they gave her a ticket for $200.

The police report says that Rent tore up the ticket and threw it at the officer. At this point, the police, who had blocked her in, started insulting her, and Rent got into her car because she was scared. They tasered her through the window, and her fiance, Joseph Hobbs, father of the unborn child, had his elbow dislocated while trying to protect her. This all happened in front of her 9-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.

Rent and Hobbs were taken into custody and each charged with resisting arrest and simple assault, and Rent was ticketed for parking in a handicapped space, according to NBC Chicago.

From PressTV:

Police News Affairs told NBC Chicago that they had no information about whether Rent was pregnant, but relatives say Rent is eight months pregnant. Rent was taken to a nearby hospital Tuesday night and released, but her family drove her to the University of Illinois Hospital Wednesday morning after she reported pain during her court appearance.

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“How could you do that to a pregnant woman?” Shareeta Rent (Tiffany Rent’s sister) told the newspaper. “My niece and nephew are in the back seat of the car crying. They did that in front of her kids.”

Do the Chicago police really have nothing better to do with their time than to use excessive force on a woman who is close to giving birth? Did they enjoy using that Taser? This story brings to mind the beating death that Kelly Thomas, a homeless man, suffered at the hands of cops in Fullerton, California.

And there are plenty more incidences: just think Oscar Grant.

If you believe that the way Tiffany Rent was treated is outrageous and disgusting, please sign our petition demanding justice for this woman who was Tasered in her eighth month of pregnancy.

And thank you.

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359 comments

Kathy D.
Kathy D.3 years ago

Mary G you are an idiot. Pregnancy should be honored and revered especially if you are one of the born again/ Christian anti abortion people. You were not there and the cop should have not just assumed what she did before listening to her! My son was harassed by a cop because he was carrying our dead Christmas tree that I told him to throw down the hill so the birds could use as shelter. But no this idiot had to give him the third degree and threaten him with a citation even though he never let go of the tree. It was utterly ridiculous when they could be going after the heroin addicts down the street.

antonia maestre
antonia maestre3 years ago

To protect and to serve?

Mary G.
Mary G.3 years ago

You know, if one of your family members were handicapped and this idiot decided to park in a handicap spot, you'd be upset. The fact that she was pregnant has no bearing, or is pregnancy now an excuse to do whatever you want, legal or not? And then, to tear up the ticket is again, against the law. She was wrong, the cop had every right to ticket her. Are you telling me that there were no other parking spots in the whole Walmart parking lot she could have pulled into? She was rude and disrespectful and she put her child at risk. She should be sited for child endangerment.

Mary G.
Mary G.3 years ago

You know, if one of your family members were handicapped and this idiot decided to park in a handicap spot, you'd be upset. The fact that she was pregnant has no bearing, or is pregnancy now an excuse to do whatever you want, legal or not? And then, to tear up the ticket is again, against the law. She was wrong, the cop had every right to ticket her. Are you telling me that there were no other parking spots in the whole Walmart parking lot she could have pulled into? She was rude and disrespectful and she put her child at risk. She should be sited for child endangerment.

Mary G.
Mary G.3 years ago

You know, if one of your family members were handicapped and this idiot decided to park in a handicap spot, you'd be upset. The fact that she was pregnant has no bearing, or is pregnancy now an excuse to do whatever you want, legal or not? And then, to tear up the ticket is again, against the law. She was wrong, the cop had every right to ticket her. Are you telling me that there were no other parking spots in the whole Walmart parking lot she could have pulled into? She was rude and disrespectful and she put her child at risk. She should be sited for child endangerment.

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Kristan R.
Kristan R.3 years ago

The pro-life people are right here, thank you. It's NOT okay to taser a pregnant woman... under any condition. But I will say this. We have dirty cops. We have dirty citizens. Both have been known to lie. Just because she is a woman and she is pregnant does not make her Joan of Arc or beyond suspicion. We recently had a pregnant woman run out the door with a brand new computer... just because someone is pregnant doesn't make them an angel or innocent. So what are the facts of the case? Are there CREDIBLE witnesses? Is there anything to back up her story? Lastly, police officers should be respected. I can't count the numerous times I've seen pregnant women park in the handicapped spot - because they feel entitled to it due to their pregnancy. How do we know she only did it to talk with her 3 year old? Come on... I'm a mom myself and I have a child and I don't need to pull into the handicapped spot to 'calm down' my 3 year old... especially if the father is also in the car. What really makes me question this is because she tore the ticket up and threw it at the police officer. That sounds like a law abiding citizen to me... I'm sure she just parked there to calm her daughter down. I mean, honestly, WHO DOES SOMETHING LIKE THAT???? Women get all kinds of passes for rude and obnoxious behavior because they're pregnant. Seriously. I will end this by saying he should not have tasered her. That was more out of his own anger for being disrespected and for revenge. Tasers are to be u

Patrick F.
Patrick f.3 years ago

How messed up will that kid be?

Kamakshi Pande
Kamakshi Pande3 years ago

police gone insane i guess..... how disgusting....

Chris Cole
Chris C.3 years ago

This is just another of the MANY cases of too much power in the hands of bully idiots who managed to get on the police force. It sickens me.