Updated: 03/18/2014 12:25 PM
Created: 03/18/2014 6:51 AM WHEC.com
A local reverend is speaking out after the sentencing of Brenda Hardaway. She was the woman who appeared in a YouTube video when she was taken down by Rochester by Rochester Police while repeatedly telling officers she was pregnant at the time. That video went viral last fall.
Hardaway was sentenced as part of a plea deal to six months jail and five years probation. She pleaded guilty to assault. Hardaway apologized in court and said she just wants to move forward with her life.
The defense asked if Hardaway could serve the six months on weekends and also asked for a delayed sentence so she could arrange child care and continue working a new job. Those requests were denied by Judge Francis Affronti.
The judge went on to say if Hardaway had obeyed the commands of the officer, she wouldn’t be where she is today. He said she is not a victim and she had total disrespect for lawful authority. Judge Affronti also said she jeopardized not only the officers but her unborn child that day.
Rev. Lewis Stewart from United Christian Leadership Ministry sees the situation differently.
News10NBC found out Hardaway has apologized to the officer who was hurt in the struggle and to the Rochester Police Dept. News10NBC has a request into RPD to find out the status of the internal investigation and the officer who was hurt in the struggle.
Hardaway’s mother will be taking care of her two-month-old son. Hardaway gave birth to the boy named Legend in January.