Nicola Robinson of Chicago says that her only crime was laughing as police officers ran by in a foot pursuit of a local drug dealer who was too fast for them. But the mom, who held her 1-year-old son in her arms during the incident Friday evening at around 5:30, says that what one of the cops did next is something nothing can justify.
The enraged officer, Robinson charges, punched her in her eight-months pregnant belly — hard enough to send her to the hospital in premature labor. She had to spend five hours there before doctors could stabilize her situation, according to a report on Chicago's Fox 32 News.
As if punching a pregnant woman in the belly — endangering her pregnancy and the life and health of her baby — wasn't outrageous enough, the officer added insult to the injury by hurling racial epithets at her.
"As I got ready to walk in my building he punched me on my right side as hard as he can," the mom told Fox 32. "After he punched me, he presumed to say 'you black b***h, you better be glad I didn't hit you hard enough to make you lose your f*****g baby."
In case people don't believe her story, Robinson not only has her sister as an eyewitness, she says that the manager of the apartment building where she lives has told her that one of the building's several security cameras caught the whole disturbing incident on video.
She said that when she pointed out the video camera to the out-of-control cop, the officer's demeanor changed completely.
"He got real quiet," Robinson recounted. "You could tell in his face that he knew that 'man, I have... messed up."
Robinson's witness is her sister, Monique Dickinson, who also spoke to the TV station and said that the other two officers who have also been chasing the drug dealer were astonished by their colleague's violent attack on a pregnant woman.
"The other two officers who was with him were standing there and they're looking like, 'what are you doing?' But I guess they didn't want to say anything," Dickinson said.
The Chicago Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the alleged assault, and the city's police department put out a press release calling the behavior of the officer, who has not been publicly identified, as described by Nicola Robinson "abhorrent" and saying that the pregnant mom's allegations are "very disturbing."
The allegations come about six weeks after a video out if Texas showed a police officer there punching another pregnant woman.
Watch the Fox 32 report on Nicola Robinson and her charges against the Chicago police officer in the video above.
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