Pregnant Canton woman denies she kicked an officer, says police used excessive force
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 11:41 am

POTSDAM – A pregnant Canton woman is denying charges she kicked a village police officer while being arrested Monday and claims police slammed her into a car.

“I screamed. I said that I’m pregnant,” said Kendra C. Newman, 21. “They slammed my stomach into the car.”

Police said she was charged with disorderly conduct, second-degree harassment, petit larceny and criminal mischief with intent to damage property. Newman denies the charges. She was charged after police responded to a reported domestic dispute at 1:14 p.m. on Maple Street.

Newman was also charged with resisting arrest for allegedly kicking an officer during the incident, a charge she denies. “I didn’t kick anybody,” she said.

Police said she damaged a jacket, stole a baseball cap and then kicked an officer while resisting arrest.

Newman says she may have been injured during the arrest. She said she was transported by ambulance to Canton-Potsdam Hospital from the Potsdam police station, where she was taken for processing.

She said she underwent several tests at CPH to check for possible injuries she or her baby may have received during the arrest. She said she contacted while awaiting the test results after spending four hours at the hospital.

Newman was ordered to return to Potsdam Village Court June 21.