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« on: Dec 08, 2008 05:20 AM »


This was sent to my from one of my midwifery groups.
How appalling, I hope this trooper gets fired.


http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/04/campbell.brown.pregnant.ticket/index.html?eref=rss_topstories#cnnSTCText

 (CNN)  -- A pregnant woman and her husband are rushing to the hospital in the breakdown lane of a Massachusetts highway.

The story comes from the Boston Globe. Yes, the couple is going fast. Yes, they're in the breakdown lane. But the woman is in labor, there's a big traffic jam, and they're in a considerable hurry for fairly obvious reasons.

So they pull up behind a state trooper to ask for his help in getting to the hospital. Do they get his help? They do not. They get a ticket instead, for $100, and have to wait while the cop finishes the ticket he was already writing for someone else.

And after this woman in labor and her husband have been made to cool their heels and have been slapped with a $100 dollar ticket -- after all that -- the trooper tops it off by asking Jennifer Davis, the woman in question, to prove she was pregnant. Video Watch Campbell Brown's commentary »

According to Jennifer Davis, the trooper said, "what's under your jacket?" She said, "my belly." To which the trooper responded, "okay, let's see it." She was wearing a jacket, it seems, and so perhaps this intrepid law enforcer thought she and her husband were stealing a very large beach ball or something.

Anyway, Jennifer did make it to the hospital with time to spare, and our purpose here is not to heap scorn on the particular trooper who ticketed and slowed down and humiliated a woman while her contractions were three minutes apart. That's why we're not using his name.

Just consider this a memo to the Massachusetts State Police. You ought to check your troopers' hats. One of them is wearing one that's way too small.


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« Reply #1 on: Dec 08, 2008 08:57 PM »

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I read this but I dont know. I mean how fast were they going? I know they are in hurry but they stil have to becareful. It is not legal to go fast just because you are in labor. They could hurt or kill someone else. and put themselves and the baby in more danger
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 09, 2008 01:25 AM »

They admit they were going fast but in a breakdown lane, I can't see anyone going sonic speeds.
However sister I think the point of this was the police asking for a woman to expose her stomach and
then making them wait longer by finishing up the person he was already ticketing and
more time ticketing this couple. He should of called for or offered them an escort through the traffic.
This woman's pains were 3 minutes apart.

"According to Jennifer Davis, the trooper said, "what's under your jacket?" She said, "my belly." To which the trooper responded, "okay, let's see it." She was wearing a jacket, it seems, and so perhaps this intrepid law enforcer thought she and her husband were stealing a very large beach ball or something."

Let me ask you this sister, had this been you and your husband would you of opened your jacket and
exposed your pregnant belly to a non related male?
I'm a real ornery lady, I would of and then when I was finished having the baby I would of
went to the Police Dept, (with infant in hand) and went to his superior with the birth certificate and filed a formal complaint. Then contacted the news with the story.
I think the ticket was for them driving in the breakdown lane, not speeding.
Had they been speeding that bad they would of hit the patrol car or veered off onto the embankment one would think.


Added Later, note THEY stopped and asked for help, they were not pulled over, the officer was
already busy ticketing someone else.

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« Reply #3 on: Dec 09, 2008 09:54 AM »

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How utterly disgusting. There are generally a couple of stories like this every few months here, except the police escort the couple/woman in question in order to help them get to the hospital faster.

What would the officer have done had the woman been in active labour and given birth right there?

I'm curious as to the statistics; I wonder how many women carry out crimes entailing stuffing their jumpers and then riding away in the breakdown lane, because you know that would be really inconspicuous wouldnt it, instead of driving in the normal lane!


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« Reply #4 on: Dec 09, 2008 07:37 PM »

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However sister I think the point of this was the police asking for a woman to expose her stomach and
then making them wait longer by finishing up the person he was already ticketing and
more time ticketing this couple. He should of called for or offered them an escort through the traffic.
This woman's pains were 3 minutes apart.

totally agree with you here. would be mad as heck. thats utterly disgusting
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