Waveland seeks dismissal of lawsuit

WAVELAND — The city of Waveland has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges police officers used a stun gun on a pregnant woman.

Dawn Melissa Daigre sued Waveland for damages incurred during her February 2010 arrest.

The city argues Daigre’s allegations are “uniformly meritless.” The city also contends that, since Daigre pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, she is barred from challenging that ruling in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims Daigre was 16 weeks pregnant when officers broke down her front door apparently responding to a domestic disturbance call. Daigre claims officers shocked her even though she’d told them she was pregnant. She gave birth to a girl five months later.

The case is set for trial in November.

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One Response to “Waveland seeks dismissal of lawsuit”

  1. Robert Stewart Says:

    Sounds reasonable the case should be thrown out.

    The bigger problem is the willing of law enforcement around the country to use tasers, and other non-lethal means, first and ask questions later. I saw a PD officer pull a taser on a suicidal person. He didn’t use it, but the person was unarmed and not making any dangerous moves. I am against PDs and other LEOs from using tasers, pepper spray, batons, most of the time. If you are at that point, pull your lethal weapon. I saw an article where the mentally ill were tased at much higher rates than other populations even when they were in a non-violent situation.

    The problem with non-lethal (and people have died from being tased) means that LEOs are more likely to use them when the issue could be defused by talking.There needs to be much stronger rules on when law enforcement can use non-lethal means. If they really need to pull a taser, pepper spray, batons, etc., they are at the point when a gun is needed. I see too many videos where the person is trying to explain something and bam: tased/pepper sprayed. These people were talking rationally or asking questions, weren’t being violent or displaying violent actions/attitudes.

    Numerous studies and govt. stats have shown the increased use of nonviolent LEO methods have resulted in greater use against people.

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