Minneapolis police investigating cop tasing of pregnant woman [VIDEO]

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Latrice Trotter
Two of Latrice Trotter's friends allege Minneapolis cops used excessive force by tasing the pregnant 19-year-old woman, causing her to fall on her stomach, before she was arrested around 11:30 p.m. on May 29.

As is standard procedure in any incident involving a taser, the Minneapolis Police Department says an internal investigation is underway.

"Right now we're obviously limited in what we can say because we have our own investigation going on into this," MPD spokesman John Elder tells us.

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One of Trotter's friends captured the immediate aftermath of the tasing on video. Here it is (Trotter is the woman lying on the sidewalk):



Trotter's friends told Fox 9 the incident began when Trotter and another woman got into an argument while waiting for the Blue Line LRT train at the Nicollet Mall stop. Things escalated to the point where Trotter was slapped, and the two woman were about to fight when a squad car arrived at the scene. (A police report identifies the cops involved as Adam Lewis and Michael Williams.)

When one of the cops tried to split up the women, Trotter "apparently tried to get around him" (as Fox 9 puts it) and was tased.

Trotter was arrested and booked into jail thanks to an outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant for rioting. Her mugshot is at the top of this post.

With regard to the incident near the light rail stop, the police reports says, "[Trotter] was fighting with another. [Trotter] was tazered. [Trotter] was booked for a warrant and for discon."

The report lists Trotter's address as the People Serving People homeless shelter.

Fox 9 contacted Metro Transit for the surveillance video footage of what happened between the women and the cops before Trotter was tased. But since the MPD already requested it, Fox wasn't able to obtain it.

"Anytime an incident like this happens, whether it's by a business or on a light rail platform, we always check to see if there's video. It's part of the investigation," Elder says. "We never asked [Metro Transit] not to share that video. Their policy is that if another agency is investigating something and they have a copy of the video, they don't give the video out to anybody else until the investigation is over."

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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

someone please also investigate if she is on welfare ( see, not assuming lololo) and how she is paying for being out / partying?


lets get this country back into shape

URStupid
URStupid

 Wait they got all mad because she was tasered, but had no problems her being out partying, and getting in a fight?  Sounds like double standards to me.  If they were so responsible, they could have walked away and not created a confrontation that required the police to intervene.


How about people be accountable for their own actions, we are able to remove ourselves from our own problems.

John Rouner
John Rouner

Don't turn this into a race thing. Cops have tazers because it's a safe, non-lethal way to stop someone. Rather than having a lengthy wrestling match with someone which would undoubtably end in her getting tackled by multiple cops which would be just as bad for an pregnant brawler. Maybe don't fight when you're pregnant? If this dumbass were any other race people would say the same damn thing... Stay home and take care of your child!

Tonya Flournoy
Tonya Flournoy

Wow so many heartless people? But you are all doing what the media wants you to do smh I pray the baby is okay. And for this cops they need to find better ways to handle this situations then causing harm! And if this was some white women many of you would be saying this is fucked up because it is!

Sharon Lindeman Barnes Hessedal
Sharon Lindeman Barnes Hessedal

No one knew her fat ass was pregnant her weight covered it up. Dumb bitch out fighting when she pregnant deserved to be tazed dont make it the cops fault gheesh

laxx1559
laxx1559

Why are police so quick to use the taser? Was this a life or death situation? She 'tried to get around the officer' 

John Rouner
John Rouner

Weird... She already had warrants for rioting? Maybe stay at home (or at the shelter) and take care of your unborn child instead of going out and fighting other hood rats at midnight. She's willing to brawl and can't stop when the cops show up? Yet somehow she's fit to be a mother? Real mature, "mom". Fine kid she'll raise...

Kevin Jay
Kevin Jay

wait....she was arrested earlier for rioting? was she pregnant then? who possibly endangered fetus then.

Jenny Franklin
Jenny Franklin

There was no winning is this situation. The cop could have gone hands on and the baby could have gotten hurt that way. Why don't we focus on the woman who put herself and her baby in this position instead of criticizing the cop for doing what they could. All she had to do was listen to the commands and this would not have happened. Let's start making these people take accountability for their actions instead of always pointing the finger at the cops. I am going to go out on a limb and say that this was not on the cops "bucket list".

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

Amber have you ever had to physically restrain someone? Harder than it looks. Also per MN law when there is deadly harm present that's when the officer uses deadly force, not a taser.

Amber Rahn
Amber Rahn

I wasn't there so I do not know if this woman was defending herself against the other woman or if it was a senseless argument that led to ignorant physical contact. Either way, I think using a taser should be a last resort and only when their is deadly harm present. As far as I read it was a slapping incident with no weapons involved. A cop couldn't physically restrain the women and handcuff them? I feel for the baby growing inside this woman, who had no choice at all to be involved in this stupid situation. I hope this young woman takes a long look at herself. The fact that she lives in a homeless shelter means her immediate family have nothing more to offer her, not even a couch to sleep on. Her support system is obviously limited. She Is a product of her own mother/family, and perhaps in 20 years we will be discussing her own child's incident. The cycle of poverty and violence is an evil bastard.

Nick GarSuperstar
Nick GarSuperstar

"But since the MPD already requested it, Fox wasn't able to obtain it." Something tells me that if Fox were to request that video first rather than MPD, Metro Transit would have no problem also giving MPD access to the video, contrary to "procedure".

Laura Gee
Laura Gee

Well my heart goes out either way. You know what I mean! :-)

Laura Gee
Laura Gee

Hopefully the surveillance footage caught the whole incident. I'm curious to see if the mother had the opportunity to leave the threatening situation. If not, my heart goes out to that child.

KennyX
KennyX

Great job, Minnesota! Your generous welfare programs attract the pinnacle of society to our great state! Keith Ellison must be so proud!

KennyX
KennyX

@sweetliberty17761776 Well, let's see:


1. She's black

2. She pregnant at 19 (I'm going to venture a guess that this isn't her first bay-bay)

3. She has a criminal record.

4. She has a foul mouth.

5 Her "address" is People Serving People


Yep. She's on da Welfaya.

shockazulu
shockazulu

oh shut up you ghetto momma. people like you should stay on the jerry springer show where you belong. and please don't have any more kids. parental stupidity is hereditary. 

URStupid
URStupid

You hae to be deepily stupid.  If you care so much for the health of the baby, maybe you should recommend to the mother to be, not to hang out at bars and get in to fights!

shockazulu
shockazulu

please share with the rest of us

KennyX
KennyX

 "Let's start making these people take accountability for their actions instead of always pointing the finger at the cops."


You DO realize that Minneapolis is a DFL-run city, don't you? According to DFL logic, the only people who have to take accountability for their actions are white people. All other races get a pass because their actions are the result of "socioeconomic inequalities." LOL!

URStupid
URStupid

This has little to do with poverty but rather to do with these people feeling entitled and ill educated.  Long gone are the days when people were not wealthy but still had class, intellect and accountability.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX How do you know the young lady wasn't born here? Do you have any actual info or are you talking out of your ass again as usual? I'm actually proud of the work that Keith Ellison has done for our state - it's folks like you that I'm disgusted with. Please leave - you won't be missed.


MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@KennyX Minnesota has low crime, high wages, and low unemployment.  Those facts make you look pretty stupid bashing our tradition of helping out others.   No matter how great a place is you are always going to have people that break the law or don't make great mothers.   Look at your mother.  She was obviously some sort of disgusting stupid truck stop hooker who raised a cowardly stupid bigot for a son.    

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

@KennyX I bet you can find similar examples of "subhuman degenerate behavior" in most any socioeconomic class.  It just depends on what you want to see and therefore believe.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX Well, let's see:

        1. KennyX is a stupid white hick.

          2. He lives in his mom's basement when he's not serving time in the workhouse.

          3. He's got a criminal record - 

               touching little boys.

          4. He's a whiny little bitch.

Yep, he's a cowardly racist troll with no actual life.

KennyX
KennyX

@shockazulu LOL! I just checked Tonya's FB page and you nailed it! Typical single mother, multi-racial baby, Obama-voting welfare whore. I wonder how long the prison sentences were for her baby daddies?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX And Minnesota is a DFL-run state. And there's nothing you can do about it except whine like the little racist bitch you are KennyX. Kepp trollin' - that's all you got. 

KennyX
KennyX

@MNjoe My posts are moronic because I speak the truth that YOU don't want to hear? Well, I guess that's your problem, not mine. But continue to live in your fantasy land. It's idiots like you who become victims of the people they apologize for. Go ask Ray Winstrand. 

KennyX
KennyX

@MicheleBachmann blah blag blah blah blah blah..............you're so irrelevant, it's sad in a way.

KennyX
KennyX

@misterrosewater Well, I beg to differ. Using the public transit example, how often do you see fight like this break out on express buses to and from the suburbs carrying the suits and ties vs. any route that travels to and from North Minneapolis?


Living in a delusional dreamworld must be fun. 

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@MNjoe


you assume that no non white would be against young women being pregnant 


THAT IS RACIST


how is he a coward?


the fact that people cant speak face to face might prove that some people are violent proving a stereotype 


think!!

KennyX
KennyX

@MNjoe Wanna meet in person you little Liberal bitch?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX @shockazulu Not as long as the prison sentence you're going to get for playing with those little boys Kenny. Admit it, get help.

KennyX
KennyX

@MNjoe And you keep on rollin'......riding your Metro Transit bus! LOL! Fucking loser. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX The truth of a mental patient. What happened in your past to turn you into a whiny hateful little bitch? 

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

@KennyX It may not happen on a bus, but in bars, restaurants, workplaces, little league games, corporate offices.  Pretty sure there are enough suits and ties that engage in shitty behavior albeit with a vocabulary more suited to your tastes.  And there are plenty of poor and homeless people that don't engage in this sort of behavior.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776 @MNjoe You're obviously new here and don't realize that I have a history with racist POS like KennyX and Kurt124. Click his name if you can and see the dozens of racist posts. When his meth-head and/or child-molesting white friends are in the news, he has nothing to say. He's a coward because he says things here that he wouldn't dare say in public. His buddy Kurt is likely in jail or had his internet privileges suspended by his mom - we haven't heard from his racist ass in a few weeks.  P.S. Good luck being "against young women getting pregnant." It's been happening since the beginning of time. Or are you saying she should get an abortion? Or use birth control? Or go to Planned Parenthood? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX @MNjoe I actually own a pretty nice vehicle but I do ride the bus or train when I go out drinking so I don't end up a DWI loser like you. P.S. You're a Romney voter - I guess that makes you the real loser. Bwahahahha! 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@misterrosewater  Ad hominem attacks - with no substance.

How hard is it not to get into fights?  How hard is it not to get pregnant? With all this free Obama care she should get free birth control.   But wait - with one kid - then there's section 8, general assistance, etc, etc.   The kid is the meal ticket.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX Hey! Kenny! Leave those kids alone! Bwahahahahaha! I'll be downtown on Sat. night for the Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Show. C'mon down punk.

KennyX
KennyX

@MNjoe Riiiiiiight. You're a 50 year old freak (I bet you're fat and ugly too) who can barely afford a shitty one-bedroom apt in uptown, and you're trying to tell me you have a nice vehicle?  LOL!! I bet you get all the chicks. LOLOLOLOL!


KennyX
KennyX

@MNjoe P.S.: You're an Obama voter. You got duped by his lies....twice. So not only are you a loser, you're gullible (i.e. stupid) too. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX @MNjoe And you're a racist pig who can only say such things sitting in mommy's basement. If you ever said such things in normal company, you'd get your punk ass beat down. Keep whining KennyBitchX - it's all you got.  

KennyX
KennyX

@MNjoe So I can give you the beat down that you deserve?


MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX @MNjoe I'd love to but I don't want to spend the rest of the weekend in jail when they cart your mouthy bitch ass over to HCMC. Anyway, aren't you afraid to go downtown?

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