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Lawsuit: NYPD forced woman to give birth in handcuffs

A lawsuit is claiming the New York Police Department forced a woman to give birth while shackled in handcuffs.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, the woman she says she went into labor in February in a police holding cell in the Bronx. She says police took her to Montefiore Medical Center where they handcuffed her wrists to the bed and shackled her ankles.

The complaint says doctors warned the officers the constraints were illegal under state law. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, says the experience humiliated and traumatized her.

The lawsuit seeks damages for violating a woman's civil rights and changes to police department policy.

Jane Doe was finally freed from the restraints nine hours after giving birth, after a judge arraigned her in her hospital bed on a charge of violating a protective order, her lawyer, Katherine Rosenfeld, said, according to The New York Times. The case stemmed from an ongoing child-custody dispute with her former partner. Jane Doe spent nearly 30 hours in police custody, according to the complaint.

A spokesman for the city's Law Department told The New York Times the agency was examining the allegations carefully.

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