Seattle pays $45,000 for stun gun use on pregnant woman who refused to sign police ticket

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: September 3, 2014 - 3:35 PM

SEATTLE — The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a lawsuit with a woman who was stunned with a Taser when she was pregnant because she refused to sign a traffic citation.

In announcing the settlement with Malaika Brooks on Wednesday, City Attorney Pete Holmes said the city and police admit no wrongdoing in the case stemming from her 2004 arrest. Trial was set for November.

Brooks' baby was born healthy two months after the incident.

Holmes' office says the Taser was used on Brooks because she resisted arrest after refusing to sign the ticket.

The Legislature has amended the law to say people who refuse to sign a ticket no longer are subject to arrest.

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