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The State

January 07, 1988

A San Francisco woman who charged she suffered a miscarriage when three policemen broke into her apartment and beat her in an illegal 1984 drug raid has been awarded $85,000 in a tentative settlement with the city that still must be approved by the Board of Supervisors. Constance Kelley said an officer used a choke hold on her while another punched her in the chest, stomach and head. "I told him not to (hit me) because I was pregnant, and that didn't seem to matter to him," Kelley said. Police said they found cocaine and marijuana in the apartment. But drug charges against Kelley and her husband, Ronald Stonoga, were dropped when a judge ruled the search was illegal. A lawyer for Kelley said she suffered a "spontaneous abortion" the next day.

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