Yvette Hayes is an elementary school principle. She has two children and was 5 months pregnant with her third this summer when she was pulled over by the police in Independence MO. with her two children (Ages 4 and 18 months) in the car on a very busy I-70 at 10PM.
The police forced her out of her car at gun point and made her lie on her stomach despite the fact that she was pleading with them not to and clearly informing them that she was pregnant.
Here's how Ms. Hayes describes the incident:
On July 13, Hayes and her two daughters (4-year-old and an 18-month-old) were with her. They arrived at 9:56 p.m., and her sister already was inside. The store was closing, so Hayes stayed in the Jeep, listening to gospel music and checking e-mail. When her sister left, she followed. Hayes said she headed home on I-70. At 10:17, she said she saw a police car behind her, lights flashing. She said she immediately pulled over.
She said police put a spotlight on the Jeep and gave orders with a loudspeaker: 'Put your hands out so I can see them! Throw your keys out the window! Step out of the car with your hands behind your head! Walk backwards until I tell you to stop. Get on your knees! Lay on your stomach!'
Hayes said she complied.
'I did yell out I was pregnant,' said Hayes, who was six months pregnant at the time. 'I was horrified. It was very difficult. I was tossing and turning.'
She said she was on the interstate shoulder with cars zooming by. After two or three minutes, the officer told her to shift onto her back. She said she rolled over and saw officers aiming guns. They asked who was in the car.
'My kids!' she replied. Hayes said she was confused, and she feared for her life. She said an officer looked inside the Jeep and said she needed to calm the children. She said officers pulled her to her feet and told her she was stopped because the store said she was stealing cars.
One officer allegedly said, 'You must be a good car thief to be pregnant.' The sergeant came to the passenger door and apologized, saying, J.C. Penney needs to get 'their act together,' Hayes said. She said her 4-year-old daughter is traumatized, afraid of police and thinking they 'don't like her mommy.'
Why has this not made the national news? Why has a spotlight not been put on the police who perpetrated this incident? Why are decent American citizens not totally appalled and demanding that our police departments begin treating ALL our citizens with dignity and respect unless they have just cause for not doing so?
It's simply one thing after another. No wonder the rest of the world views the United States as a dichotomy of freedom and oppressive racism.
See the amazing police video here:
Thanks to Villager at http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/ for the heads up on this one.