As James was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital in January of 2012 in Indiana, Portage police officer Anthony Dandurand tried to pull them over.
But Dana’s water had broke, so James continued driving to the hospital, calling 911 to explain to the dispatcher that his wife was about to give birth and needed to get to the hospital as quick as possible.
Rather than communicate the message to the officer, the dispatcher advised the Reiner’s to pull over to inform the pursuing officer of the situation at hand.
The video shows James pulling over, and Officer Anthony Dandurand yelling, “On the ground! On your face now! Get on your fucking face!”
James pleaded with the officers that his wife was pregnant.
Officer Dandurand asserted that he didn’t care.
Dana was screaming in pain during the entire ordeal.
After 20 minutes of being detained by officers, an ambulance finally shows up only to get to a hospital that is 10 miles away. When a woman is pregnant every minute counts, and these officers didn’t take the baby, mother or father into consideration.
James even asked one of the officers if he could get up off the ground, and the officer told James to stay right there on the ground; this was after the police had established the fact that Dana was pregnant and in labor.
The reckless officers even went so far to mock the father while he was face down on the ground and handcuffed, saying, “perhaps we should taser him”,
One officer stated, “Now you’re going to be in the Lake County jail when your kid is born. That’s what’s going to happen.”
“Did you tase him?” another cop asked.
“No,” replied another officer.
“It’s not too late, is it?” said a cop.
“You want to get fucking tased?” the officer asked James.
In addition to that, one of the officers wanted to delete the dashcam video. A officer on the scene stated,
“I’ll get rid of the video,”
Another officer replied
“Oh, I don’t care about that,”
After all of that, the officers still decided to arrest James – all while his child was born.
For the fathers out there, seeing your child born is one of the most important and special days of your life– the police department denied James Reiner that opportunity.
The Portage Police Chief Troy Williams is just as misguided as the officers who were on the scene, saying Dandurand “has been a model officer, and should not be demonized for one unfortunate incident in which several factors played into the outcome.”
Any loving family knows how off-target the Portage Police Department was in handling this case.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry ruled in July 2014 that the Indiana cops had violated the Reiners’ Constitutional rights by detaining them while knowing Dana was pregnant and in intense labor.
Judge Cherry also made the following statement:
“The court does not think a reasonable officer, after realizing that plaintiffs were en route to the hospital to have their baby, would have continued to detain them, much less have kept James under arrest and taken him to jail for the night. To the contrary: such conduct, at that point, violates the clearly established guarantees of the Fourth Amendment.”
The Portage Police department eventually reached a undisclosed settlement with the Reiner family. All officers involved were stupidly cleared of any wrong doing.
The dashcam video was released for the first time last week. It is posted below. See Inside Edition’s story here.