Reporting David Madden
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By David Madden
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A civil rights lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Philadelphia on behalf of a woman who claims she suffered a miscarriage after a confrontation with plainclothes Philadelphia police officers a couple of years ago.
Officers say they found Naimah Jones’ kids in her car outside her North Philadelphia home with its doors locked and the engine running.
The mother says she was inside the house getting a bag for their late-night Thanksgiving trip.
Jones and an officer got into a heated argument when, the lawsuit claims, she was handcuffed and then Tasered several times.
“We’re pretty sure she was pregnant at the time of the incident, but we know that she had a miscarriage soon thereafter,” says her attorney, James Lee.
Jones was later cleared of all criminal charges and is now suing three officers and the Philadelphia Police Department for malicious prosecution, assault and battery, and emotional distress.
A spokesman for the department, noting this is pending litigation, declined to comment.