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May 12, 2012
By Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY
A Georgia police officer is under criminal investigation for allegedly kicking a woman who was nearly nine months pregnant in the stomach, WSB-TV reports.
Raven Dozier told the station that DeKalb County Officer Jerad Wheeler kicked her in the stomach while she was trying to help calm down her brother who was arguing with police.
“I was upset because I couldn’t believe an officer would kick me, with my child in my stomach,” Raven Dozier told the station.
In his report about the incident, Wheeler says Dozier was coming toward him in an aggressive manner in the dark and that he couldn’t tell she was pregnant. He says he used “a front push-kick to the abdomen, as he was taught to do at the academy.”
Dozier later filed a complaint with the DeKalb police department’s internal affairs unit, but it was never investigated. At the time, four supervisors and an internal affairs detective signed off that Wheeler’s use of force met police policy, according to WSB-TV.
Dozier was charged with obstruction of an officer. Police later dropped the charge. Two weeks after the kick, she had an emergency C-section. Baby Levi is doing well.
Wheeler is now under investigation for the incident, the station reports.