Pregnant black woman who miscarried after California police ‘pulled her out of a car, piled it on top of her and stamped her belly leaving a shoe mark,’ police sue
- Emerald Black filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the San Leandro police
- Suit says she and fiancé were discontinued in June 2019 due to ‘bad registration tags’
- During the stop, the police asked them to leave the vehicle, but Black asked to stay inside
- But officers “jerked pregnant Mrs. Black out of the car, mocked her, piled on top of her and stamped on her stomach, leaving a shoe mark,” the lawsuit alleges.
- According to the suit, Black had a miscarriage a few days later, ending her pregnancy
- According to the document, no charges have ever been brought against her
A California woman has filed a lawsuit against a police department for pulling her out of a car, stacking it on top of her, and pounding her stomach, causing her to miscarry.
Emerald Black alleged in the lawsuit filed on Monday that San Leandro police officers gave her a miscarriage when she and her fiancé were arrested in June 2019.
According to the lawsuit, the police arrested the couple for “bad registration tags.” During the stop, police reportedly asked Black and her fiancé to get out of their vehicle.
Emerald Black alleged in the lawsuit filed on Monday that San Leandro police officers (file image) caused a miscarriage when she and her fiancé were stopped in June 2019
Since she was “visibly pregnant,” Black asked officers to stay in the vehicle.
Despite her request, the unidentified officers were reportedly said to “rip Ms. Black out of the car, name her names, piled on top of her and stamp on her stomach and leave a mark,” the lawsuit alleges.
Just days later, according to the lawsuit, Black miscarried. Black claims her pregnancy ended “due to the officers’ excessive strength.”
Black “also suffered other physical injuries, shame, humiliation, and emotional stress, both from the incident and the loss of her child,” the suit says.
She has never been charged with a crime.
Her lawyer, Patrick Buelna, told it Vice News that “it is important to note that Ms Black had committed absolutely no crimes, and was not even suspected.”
“She was just a passenger in the car who was arrested for a minor offense against the vehicle,” Buelna added.
Buelna said Black wanted to stay in the vehicle because she was pregnant and “left the hospital earlier that day and learned she was miscarrying.”
“If agents were adamant about getting out of the car, they should have simply and gently helped Mrs. Black get out. Instead, they treated her as if she had just committed a violent crime, ”Buelna told Vice.
Black is demanding general and punitive damages “in an amount to be proven during the trial.”
She also sues for loss of wages and income, as well as medical expenses.