New York woman who was more than six months pregnant says violent police traffic stop caused her miscarriage – Cops release bodycam footage allegedly refuting her claims, while claiming she had drugs in her system
New York state police are refuting claims by woman who was six and half months pregnant that a rough treatment during traffic stop, caused death of her unborn child
Quashaia Oranchak was ‘You are under arrest for unlawful flight’ during a traffic stop, on March 20, in Binghamton, New York
Oranchak who had a an emergency C-section hours later and was delivered of a dead child, claimed that the stress of the violent traffic stop caused her to have a miscarriage
She claimed she was body slammed against the hood of her vehicle as she was taken into custody
Her attorney has further claimed that the cops ‘unleashed such violent conduct because she’s black.’
After releasing bodycam footage of the incident police said it refutes the pregnant driver’s claims of police misconduct
New York State troopers also said that they found drugs in her vehicle, as well as traces of fentanyl and methamphetamine in her system
Quashaia Oranchak who was more than six months pregnant has claimed that that police roughing her up during a traffic stop, on March 20 in Binghamton, New York, caused her to have a miscarriage
A New York woman who was more than six months pregnant has claimed that a March traffic stop caused her to have a miscarriage.
Quashaia Oranchak said she was pulled over by an unmarked NYPD vehicle while returning from her grandmother’s house on March 20, in Binghamton and was body slammed against the hood of her vehicle as she was taken into custody.
The stress brought on by rough treatment of the arrest, she claimed, caused her to have a miscarriage just moments after she was brought to the Broome County Correctional Facility.
Oranchak, who was six and a half months pregnant, accused the agency of “body slamming her on the hood” of the cruiser during the traffic stop arrest, just hours before she rushed into an emergency C-section and delivered a dead child.
State troopers surround Oranchak’s SUV guns drawn, when it came to a stop on March 20 in Binghamton, New York
Quashaia Oranchak was pulled over and arrested by New York State Police officers in Binghamton on March 20. Her attorneys said she was profiled and the arrest was illegal
New York State troopers have refuted her version of events, saying that Oranchak refused to pull over and struck an officer’s vehicle as she tried to flee.
They also claim that Oranchak had traces of fentanyl and methamphetamine in her body at the time, and have released body camera footage they say proves their innocence.
Oranchak has claimed that she was slammed against the hood of the car.
The nine-minute video begins with a trooper getting out of his vehicle and approaching Oranchak’s SUV, where two other cops had guns drawn on her, both screaming, ‘Get out of the car!’ ‘Open the window!’ Step out!’ ‘Step out car!’
As the driver says ‘Okay’ and starts stepping out of the vehicle, the first trooper pulls Oranchak out of the driver’s seat by the arm and she emerges from the Range Rover with her hands raised.
The officer then grabs her arm, swings her half way around and shoves her against the side of her SUV, as she’s heard saying in a small voice, ‘Will you be careful with me. I am pregnant.’
At which point the officer handcuffs her as she’s standing against the car’s rear door.
Quashaia Oranchak who was six months pregnant has claimed that a March traffic stop by state troopers caused her to have a miscarriage
The footage is choppy as the scenes seem to be moving from scenes recorded by different body cameras. Audio comes on as the camera approaches two parked cruisers with an officer leading the handcuffed and Oranchak, she’s asking an officer leading her, ‘What’s going on officer?’
He responds: ‘Why were you running away from me.’
She then says, ‘Because I was getting to somewhere we could pull over.’
Oranchak could be seen in police body camera footage stepping out of the car with her hands raised after she allegedly fled a traffic stop
Another cop could also be heard telling the arresting officer, ‘She kept running away from me,’ and when Oranchak asked what the problem was as she was being led into a police vehicle.
The arresting officer responds: ‘The issue is you ran.’
When the subject insists, ‘I did not not run’, one officer is heard snarling ‘bulls**t’, while another cop said ‘Listen, you ran from me. It’s is not good. That’s the reason here right’
‘You rammed into my partner’s car.’
Oranchak cuts in, ‘I did not. I was following him to… you see me pulling into this.’
The same officer says ‘No, no, no you can stop okay. Listen, I’m a reasonable guy and you’ll learn that.’
He explains to Oranchak the reason for the arrest: ‘But this is the circumstances that happened. You tried to run, and we can go from there.’
‘You are under arrest for unlawful flight’.
‘Give me your hands!’ ‘Hands behind your back!’ the officer barks as Oranchak says in a small voice, ‘Will you be careful with me. I am pregnant’
While she was sitting in the backseat of the police cruiser, an officer is seen and asking the handcuffed subject in the cruiser where she kept her drinking water and she responded that it was in the armrest of her Range Rover
As he goes to fetch it he’s heard telling his partner that he realized that Oranchak was pregnant and she going to fetch her bottle of water.
He is then heard asking Oranchak if she was okay, after she had a drink of water.
‘Ultimately, at the end of the day, like I told you before, I’m a reasonable guy,’ he says.
‘I see that you’re pregnant. If you’re not good, you need to let me know because you’re in my custody now. Your well-being is part of my responsibility.’
Oranchak then replies: ‘I’m OK for right now.’
The arresting officer grabs Oranchak, swivels and roughly shoves her into the side of her SUV
Oranchak was rushed to the hospital, where the child was pronounced dead from trauma upon delivery, her lawyers claim.
“It is acknowledged that drugs were found but no one engaged in any violent conduct, no one resisted arrest, no one was doing anything other than in fact going to get laundry done when stopped by the police,” Personal Injury Attorney Ronald Benjamin said, according to News 12.
“The stop violated numerous protocols and yanking her out of the car like a rag doll and slamming her on the hood of the vehicle undoubtedly caused this child’s untimely demise and as such the family is demanding that there be an impartial investigation into the police conduct and resulting homicide.”
The state trooper then puts the hand cuffs on Quashaia Oranchak in Binghamton on March 20. She was six months pregnant at the time
Following the arrest, police said they found drugs in her car and traces of fentanyl and methamphetamine in her body.
‘A quantity of fentanyl and methamphetamine was located secreted in her body,’ a spokesperson said.
Oranchak was then charged with criminal possession of controlled substances, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle.
She later became unresponsive at the Broome County Correctional Facility and was transported to a hospital, where she had an emergency C-section and was delivered of a dead child.
As they head towards the police cruiser’s Oranchak’s asks the officer leading her, ‘What’s going on officer?’ He responds: ‘Why were you running away from me.’ She then says, ‘Because I was getting to somewhere we could pull over’
At one point, the arresting officer acknowledges that she is pregnant and asks her if she is OK, to which she replies: ‘I’m OK for right now.’
She and her family had said earlier this month they were considering bringing legal action against the department and the New York State Department of Justice for ‘infringing upon her rights.’
‘When people look at all of the facts and circumstances of what happened here, that you will be able to infer that if this car had white people, it would not have happened,’ her attorney, Ron Benjamin, said at a news conference earlier this month.
‘They wouldn’t have stopped her car.’
He further claimed that the cops ‘unleashed such violent conduct because she’s black.’
Oranchak had two passengers in her vehicle who not been named in her dispute with NY state police
Oranchak’s attorney said cops ‘unleashed such violent conduct, [on his pregnant client], because she’s black’
Despite the recently released bodycam footage, Benjamin insists his client was unlawfully stopped by the state troopers.
‘There’s no doubt that the police’s stop and the arrest were unlawful, and we will pursue the violation of her rights vigorously,’ he said in a statement.
New York State police stated they are not to blame for the unborn child’s death, and said in a press release that a “quantity of fentanyl and methamphetamine was located secreted” in Oranchak’s body.
The incident is still under investigation.
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