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OC Officer Says He Didn't Know Woman He Tackled Was Pregnant

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – Four suspects involved in the controversial cell phone video recorded during an arrest on the beach in Ocean City appeared in court Wednesday for trial.  

Twenty-five-year-old Abdul Kargbo, 21-year-old Saidu Kargbo, 24-year-old Musa Seisay and 24-year-old Dalima Palmer, all of Woodbridge, Va., were arrested on July 21 after police say the group was acting disorderly. It all began when a group of men reportedly started playing soccer and football near the shoreline, which is against a city ordinance. Lifeguard Jarred Sears says he asked them to stop repeatedly and called for backup when they did not comply. Sears claims he was threatened by members of the group. When police arrived to the scene, Abdul Kargo was reportedly taken to the ground and arrested for disorderly conduct. The three other suspects were arrested shortly after.

The state called eight witnesses to the stand Wednesday, including the police officer who says he tackled Dalima Palmer to the ground after she allegedly assaulted him. Officer Michael Kirkland testified that Palmer slapped him on his wrist and cheek. He claims he did not know she was pregnant until she was on the ground when she told him, "stop, I'm pregnant. I'm pregnant."

Palmer was taken to the hospital after the incident and an emergency c-section was performed later that night. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl who is now three months old.

The cell phone video that captured most of the incident was shown several times during the trial. Palmer put her head down and began to cry along with other family members who were in the courtroom.

Palmer and Seisay are facing charges of second degree assault, resisting arrest, obstruction and hindering and disorderly conduct. If convicted on all charges, they could be looking at approximately 13 years behind bars. Saidu Kargo is now facing charges of second degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after the judge dropped an obstruction and hindering charge. He also could be incarcerated for 13 years. Abdul Kargbo is facing disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges. He could be looking at about 60 days jail time.

The defense did not get a chance to call their witnesses to the stand, so the trial will continue on January 13.  

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