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Pregnant Woman Shackled, Beaten and Called Kunta Kinta By Corrections Officer

This is so sad, a woman was arrested for driving without a licence encountered the JCO while being searched at the jail and the two exchanged insults. To add insult to injury, the JCO was on the job for 14 months and still under her probationary period.

According to News Jax 4

Welch, who told News4Jax she’s five weeks pregnant, said the episode began when she took issue with the itchy uniform she was given, according to her complaint.

“The pants immediately started to itch me. Something was wrong with the pants. I told her, ‘These are old. They’re dirty, and they stink and I’m itching. I can’t put on the pants. I left the shirt on. Can you please give me another pair of pants?'” Welch said.

She said her criticism was met with racial slurs.

“She pretty much went off and started calling me Kunta Kinte,” said Welch, referring to the slave character from the novel and TV miniseries “Roots.”

At some point, Ivey said, Welch was placed in four-point restraints, meaning she was handcuffed and her legs were shackled, and her hands and legs were connected by a chain. She said things escalated when she complained that the shackles were too tight.

According to Ivey, Thompson hit Welch in the face and knocked her to the floor. He said she repeatedly attacked Welch while she was on the ground. At one point during the struggle, Welch said, she fought back. She was later maced.

“She punched me dead in my forehead, right in the middle. Boom. I could not believe it,” Welch said. “I can’t believe she’s doing this. I’m shackled up. I’m on my back … She used both hands and banged my head into the concrete wall. I was like, ‘Oh my God. This is it. It’s happening.'”

Ivey said Thompson then wrote a report about the incident that was “not honest.” Thompson has been charged with misdemeanor battery and official misconduct, which is a felony. Because she was still on probation, Thompson was fired immediately.

Welch said she and her two children were on the way back from a youth basketball game Friday evening. She said she was driving a Dodge Charger on Firestone Road when her toddler got out of his safety seat.

“I tried to hurry and pull over, so I made an illegal U-turn. I was trying to get him settled,” she said. “He jumped out with a gun drawn. So I’m like, ‘Oh my God. Please don’t shoot. I was, like, ‘I don’t want to die.’ I told my son to put his hands up,” Welch said. “The officer later told me that he didn’t know what I was going to do to him. That’s why he had his gun drawn.”

The officer checked her license and learned it was suspended.

“I ran through a toll I didn’t know about. They sent it to my old address. I never got it. I didn’t pay it so they suspended my license,” Welch said. “So, I’m riding around all this time and they said a judge signed off on it May 30.”

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