Pregnant protester claims police threw her to ground; incident caught on video

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by Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 12 at 10:08 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A pregnant protester claimed she was maced, thrown to the ground, and held at gunpoint by police during protests and riots in Ferguson.

Cellphone video allegedly captured the incident Sunday night at a parking lot at W. Florissant and Lucas and Hunt.  It shows police officers in riot gear rushing a vehicle and pulling the people inside to the ground.

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“They was just like if y’all don’t shut up, we’re gonna mace y’all and take y’all to jail,” said Mikiesha Wickerson, who’s six months pregnant.

Wickerson claims her two cousins and their friend in the car were yelling at police with the doors to the car closed and not moving when the officers rushed the vehicle.  She said no one inside the car had weapons.

Everyone in the car was arrested and taken to jail, said Wickerson.

“I was like ‘can I please get some air’ because I started contracting and I was sweating and had the mace running through my eyes,” Wickerson said.

She was taken to a hospital after the incident and checked out, and said she was told the baby should be fine.

When made aware of the video, St. Louis County police officer Brian Schellman said police officials will review the video as soon as possible.  Unfortunately due to the nature of this current situation in the county it may not be immediately, said Schellman.

 

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