Springfield officer charged after allegedly tasing pregnant woman

“The evidence shows that this officer’s actions are clearly outside of his training, as they were punitive and grossly excessive."

A Springfield police officer is facing charges after he allegedly tased a pregnant woman multiple times.

Leon Davis, 35, of Springfield, is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery against a pregnant victim, according to WBZ.

Police were originally called to Tower Square Hotel last September for a report of a man and a woman who would not leave a hotel room, the news station said.

According to WWLP, the woman had threatened hotel staff, and also made comments and threats to police. The body cam footage, posted online by the news station, shows the officers gaining entry to the room after Davis appears to use a taser on a hand blocking the door. The video then shows a woman crouching behind the door and pleading with police. 

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“You wanna play those games, huh?” he says to her, in the video. The woman repeatedly tells them she’s pregnant. He appears to deploy his taser multiple times while attempting to handcuff her.

“The evidence shows that this officer’s actions are clearly outside of his training, as they were punitive and grossly excessive, and therefore criminal,” Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said in a statement obtained by WBZ. “This type of conduct has no place in policing and police officers who engage in abusive and excessive uses of force must be identified and immediately re-trained or fired.”

Davis is planned to be arraigned in April in Springfield District Court, according to WBZ.

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