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Pregnant woman plans to sue police for Tasering her

Updated: June 13, 2012 10:43PM

A pregnant woman Tasered by police last week on the South Side plans to file a federal lawsuit Thursday against Chicago Police, her attorney said.

Tiffany Rent claims she was eight months pregnant when Chicago Police officers Tasered her June 5 after a parking ticket dispute, her attorney, Keenan J. Saulter said in a statement.

Last week, police said Rent just had been ticketed for parking in a disabled spot at East 103rd Street and South Michigan Avenue. Rent “tore up the ticket and threw it in the police officer’s face,” police said.

When the officer asked Rent for her state ID so he could write her a second ticket for littering, Rent refused, and shouted “several expletives and refused to comply,” police said. Rent then tried to put her car in gear and leave, and the officer deployed his Taser, police added.

Her attorneys said in the statement Rent was already enduring a high-risk pregnancy and the Taser poses added risk to the woman and their unborn children.

The attorneys said Rent’s 3- and 9-year-old children witnessed the Tasering and will be listed as plaintiffs in the suit, which will be filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Thursday, when they will also call for a review and investigation of the police department’s policy on the use of Tasers on pregnant women.

Rent’s boyfriend, Joseph Hobbs, tried to intervene, and he was also arrested, police said.

Both Hobbs and Rent were charged with misdemeanor simple assault and resisting a police officer. They are due in court July 31.

It is not clear from the report whether the officer knew Rent was pregnant, police said.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating.

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