KC Cops Suspended For Ignoring Pregnant Suspect’s Pleas


Almost a year after the event, Kansas City Police Chief Jim Corwin has suspended two officers who ignored a pregnant and bleeding woman's pleas for medical help during an arrest, reports the Kansas City Star. He called the officers' behavior “inconsistent with the values and policies of this department and inconsistent with the training they received in the police academy.” The Feb. 5, 2006, traffic stop became national news this week after the Star obtained and released a patrol-car video of the event. Sofia Salva, who was nearly four months pregnant, spent 10 hours in police custody after the traffic stop. After her release, she delivered a premature baby at a hospital. The baby lived for one minute before dying, according to a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit Salva filed against the officers and the department.

After the video was released, the police department received offensive e-mails and more than 100 calls. The arresting officers, Kevin Schnell and Melody Spencer, will remain on paid leave until the end of an internal investigation. Their attorney believes that “many of the facts alleged in the lawsuit are inaccurate.” Salva's lawsuit contends that jailers also ignored her repeated requests for medical help. The lawsuit said jailers provided several changes of jail-issued pants because of her bleeding, but they did not release her until she passed a large blood clot the next morning.

Link: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/16602957.htm

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