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Pregnant Woman Tasered by Cop Gets $55,000 Settlement

By Ted Cox | April 5, 2013 3:30pm
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CHICAGO — A woman tasered by a Chicago cop when she was eight months pregnant has received a $55,000 settlement from the city.

Tiffany Rent, 31, filed a federal suit against the city last June, days after she was tasered by Officer Reginald Pippen in a dispute over a parking ticket issued outside a Walgreens at 10300 S. Michigan Ave.

According to the suit, Rent was tasered "while visibly pregnant," and other officers laughed while she was "writhing on the ground in pain." The suit also named her then 9- and 3-year-old children, who witnessed the incident, as plaintiffs.

The city, however, acknowledged no guilt in the suit, which was dismissed this week following the settlement agreement with both sides paying their own court costs and legal fees.

"It is not, in any way, an admission of wrongdoing by the city or any officers involved," said Legal Department spokesman Roderick Drew. The incident, however, remains under Police Department review independent of the suit.

Rent reportedly gave birth to a healthy boy the following month.