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Woman suing NYPD says cops made her give birth with handcuffs on

December 07, 2018 - 10:53 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A prisoner who became a mother is suing the NYPD.

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The New York Times says the unnamed woman went into labor last February, inside a police holding cell in the Bronx. She had been arrested on a charge of violating a protective order in an ongoing child-custody dispute, the Times reported.

Officers took her to the hospital, but insisted on handcuffing her wrists to the bed and shackling her ankles.

Doctors at Montefiore Medical Center said the restraints were illegal in New York and posed a serious risk for a woman in labor. The lawsuit says officer told them their patrol guide required the restraints.

After an hour of struggle and pain, the woman said some of the restraints were removed, but she still delivered the baby with her right hand cuffed to the bed.

“I haven’t made sense of it myself and I’m not ready to explain it to my child,” she said.

The federal lawsuit seeks damages for a civil rights violation, and asks the NYPD to change its policy to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Earlier this year, the city settled a lawsuit with a Bronx woman who was shackled to a bed at Montefiore for three days following a July 2015 arrest.

“The fact that pregnant women and women in labor would be subject to the most draconian treatment imaginable, particularly when they stand accused of a misdemeanor, speaks volumes about the macho culture of police departments and corrections,” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said.

There's been no comment yet from the NYPD.