Cop Watch

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

North Las Vegas police accused of using Taser on pregnant woman

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. _ North Las Vegas police are investigating witness accounts that an officer repeatedly shocked a pregnant woman with a Taser after she was accused of brandishing a knife.

The woman -- 18-year-old Ollie Simmons -- was taken to North Vista Hospital in North Las Vegas after her arrest late Sunday. She and her baby are expected to be O-K.

Police say they were investigating an armed robbery at a drug store when an officer saw Simmons with a knife approaching a group of people at an apartment complex (on Cheyenne Road).

A department spokesman says the officer couldn't see Simmons was three months pregnant.