A woman claimed a traffic stop caused her to have a miscarriage, but New York state troopers have since released body-cam footage of the incident.
Quashaia Oranchak was 6 1/2-months pregnant at the time of the March 20 traffic stop in Binghamton, N.Y.
She accused troopers of “bodyslamming her on the hood” of the cruiser, which later caused her to be rushed to hospital for an emergency C-section during which she lost the baby.
The footage, however, shows the arresting officer carefully handling the woman, letting her know repeatedly how cautious he was going to be with her.
The arresting officer — who has not been identified — is initially seen yanking Oranchak out of the driver’s seat in the nine-minute video after troopers forced her to stop her car, saying she allegedly ignored their requests to pull over.
Oranchak’s arms were placed behind her back before she was pushed to the rear side of her car — but not right up against it — and nowhere near the hood.
One of Oranchak’s passengers alerts police about the driver’s pregnancy, which was noted as cops searched her car and pockets.
“You good? You sure?” he asked after helping her drink from a water bottle.
“We have a situation that we’re in right now, but at the end of the day — like I told you before — I’m a reasonable guy,” he can be heard saying.
“I see that you’re pregnant,” he continued. “If you’re not good, you need to let me know because you’re in my custody now. Your wellbeing is part of my responsibility.”
Throughout the video, the trooper is heard reassuring Oranchak and gently places her into the cruiser’s backseat.
He is the lone officer seen on video handling Oranchak, though one cop can be heard calling “bulls***” on her claims she wasn’t trying to flee officers.
However, it is unclear how the expectant mother was handled by cops after she was placed in the cruiser.
Oranchak was charged with drug possession and fleeing an officer and transported to Broome County Jail, where she was found unresponsive six hours after her arrest.
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“It is acknowledged that drugs were found but no one engaged in any violent conduct, no one resisted arrest, no one was doing anything other than in fact going to get laundry done when stopped by the police,” attorney Ronald Benjamin told WBNG.
“The stop violated numerous protocols and yanking her out of the car like a rag doll and slamming her on the hood of the vehicle undoubtedly caused this child’s untimely demise, and as such the family is demanding that there be an impartial investigation into the police conduct and resulting homicide.”
However, state police issued a statement, saying, “While at the Broome County Jail, Oranchak, who was pregnant, became unresponsive and was transported to the hospital, where a quantity of fentanyl and methamphetamine was located secreted in her body.”
They added: “The unborn child did not survive.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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