Georgia woman says police beat her, causing miscarriage

A Georgia woman says an Albany police officer slammed her against a wall when she was pregnant, causing her to suffer a miscarriage.

Kenya Harris sued the City of Albany, its police chief and two officers for excessive force, assault and battery and infliction of emotional distress, Courthouse News Service reported.

Harris says she went to the police station in May 2011 to get her son, a minor, who had been arrested. After waiting for five hours, she said, she informed one officer she had to go home to take car of her other children. A verbal confrontation followed and, according to the suit, the officer threatened her physically if she didn’t stop.

When she continued, the complaint states, the officer grabbed Harris by the neck and threw her to the floor. He got on her back, handcuffed her, then slammed her against the wall and placed her in an interrogation room.

Harris said in the suit that she was denied medical aid and was sent to jail for the night on a charge of obstruction.

Less force should have been used, the suit states.

Harris is seeking $50,000 in punitive damages.

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