City to pay $55,000 to woman Tasered while pregnant
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org April 5, 2013 12:46PM
Tiffany Rent, pictured June 15, 2012, while she was eight months pregnant, settled a lawsuit with the city of Chicago for $55,000. Rent had been Tasered by a police officer. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times
Updated: April 5, 2013 12:51PM
The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $55,000 to a South Side mom who was Tasered by a cop when she was eight months pregnant.
Tiffany Rent, 31, sued the city after Officer Reginald Pippen used his stun gun to subdue her in front of her two young children during a dispute about a parking ticket outside a Walgreens store on June 5 last year.
She claimed two other officers, Ronald Forgue and Dennis Smith, mocked and laughed at her as she writhed in pain.
But the city denied that allegation and also said the officers didn’t know Rent was pregnant. Rent was Tasered after she parked in a disabled spot, then tore up a parking ticket and refused to show an ID to Pippen, police said at the time.
The settlement city attorneys agreed with Rent last week “is not, in any way, an admission of wrongdoing by the City or any officers involved,” Law Department spokesman Roderick Drew said.
An Independent Police Review Authority review is pending.
Rent gave birth in July to a healthy baby boy. Her attorney Keenan Saulter declined to comment.
In the aftermath of the incident, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said stun guns should be used “when you’re overcoming an assault or preventing escape.”