NYPD To Change Policy On Shackling Pregnant Suspects After Lawsuit

July 06, 2019 - 5:21 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The NYPD says it will change its policy on shackling pregnant women in custody after the city settled for $610,000 with a Bronx woman who sued because she was shackled in a delivery room right before and after giving birth.

In a statement, the NYPD said the changes will include safe-guarding pregnant women through childbirth and until their arraignment.

The unidentified woman was arrested for a misdemeanor in February 2018 while she was pregnant.

She went into labor in a Bronx holding cell. At Montefiore Medical Center, she was chained to a hospital bed against doctors’ orders.

Police officers told the doctors that shackling was NYPD policy.

The NYPD said it’s changing its patrol guide to better address safety and medical concerns associated with arrestees in late stages of pregnancy.

Donna Lieberman with the New York American Civil Liberties Union says it’s not enough and that the devil will be in the details. She wants to see what the NYPD will do to implement the change.

"The spokesperson for the police department really dances around an absolute ban on shackling pregnant women or shackling women close to delivery,” Lieberman said.

“The key to good training is also having input from women in developing that training as well as developing the policies,” she said.