Did Police Assault a Pregnant Woman?
This is the question we will be asking ourselves for the foreseeable future: did police assault a pregnant woman. The question is easy to ask, but the answer is rather difficult to ascertain. Or is it?
Members of a family are having a loud verbal argument. Neighbors call the police. Officer Lucas Krull and other Rochester Police Officers arrive to evaluate the situation and are told by a resident they are not welcome on the property and that they would not be giving consent for the police to be on the property.
The police could evaluate family members for possible injuries, talk with everyone to see if there is a consistent story and reason to probe further, but realistically there isn’t much they should do. This is where the story should realistically end.
“Why do you say that Suzie B?” you may ask. The police have a responsibility to investigate and arrest criminals. That is what we pay them for isn’t it?
The job of the police is to serve and protect. This means serving the community and protecting our constitutional rights. Sometimes these two ideas are in agreement and other times they are in opposition. When there is a question as to what to do next the answer should always be to protect our constitutional rights.
Instead the police press on and decide the arrest Romengeno Hardaway (the family member who did not give the police consent to be on the property) and his sister Brenda Hardaway. Brenda is twenty-one years old and six months pregnant. Below is a video of their arrest as it happens. What I want you to think about is this: when Officer Krull is slamming a pregnant woman up against a house and car whose interests is he serving? Is it the community’s or her constitutional rights? When he later slams her against the porch and punches her in the head while her hands are restrained behind her back whose interests is he serving?
This is pure speculation on my part, but I have a feeling that Romengeno did not give the police consent because this is not the first instance of police brutality that he has ever witnessed.
To view the video of the incident click here.
***Special thanks to Davy V. for being the first to bring this video to my attention and additional posts by Rachel Barnhart and the Democrat and Chronicle.***