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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, April 1, 2005

Cop Screw-Ups Interfere With Births

In Florida, a cop stopped a doctor rushing to the hospital (10 miles over the speed limit) to help give birth to a baby.  When the doctor explained that he was on his way to a delivery, the cop answered, "What are you delivering, a pizza?"  The cop refused to let him go, handcuffed him as he wrote the ticket, and the doctor missed the birth.   The officer was suspended.  In Ohio, a woman driving herself to the hospital as she was in the process of giving birth was stopped by cops and ordered out of the car at gunpoint because the cops mistakenly believed she had stolen the car.  The woman gave birth at a gas station.  [Mark Godsey]

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