A Georgia cop is the subject of a criminal investigation after allegedly kicking a pregnant woman in the stomach.
WSBTV.com reports that Jerad Wheeler of the DeKalb County Police Department may be punished for using excessive force and then charging her with obstruction.
Raven Dozier claims that he kicked her in the stomach while responding to a call at her brother’s house. Police were questioning her brother, whom Raven was trying to calm down, during a child custody dispute when Jerad used a taser on him.
The officer then turned on her, using what he described as a "front push-kick to the abdomen." He stated in a police report on the incident that it what he was taught to do at the police academy, but Raven doesn’t believe the justification.
“I think he really just didn’t want me asking him any questions, questioning him, and when I did question him is when he kicked me,” Raven told WSBTV.
Raven was nine month pregnant at the time of the alleged attack. She had to get an emergency C-section two weeks later, when she delivered a healthy baby boy. After filing a complaint on the incident with the DCPD’s internal affairs unit, the matter was never investigated. On top of that, police records show that five supervising officers signed off on Jerad’s actions, arguing that he was following policy.
"He was not, he had no reason to do that, and for a higher authority to say that he is OK, his boss is wrong too," Raven said.
"What kind of a human being kicks a pregnant woman? I mean, forget whether or not it is a police officer that is supposedly protecting people," her attorney Mark Bullman added.
A rep for the DCPD had no comment when reporters asked how the department is dealing with the case.