CHULA VISTA, CA - A Navy wife in San Diego says she was escorted out of Thursday night's Brad Paisley concert for breastfeeding her baby.
Part of the incident at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California was caught on video. The 10-minute video, posted to YouTube early Friday morning, shows the woman being confronted by an officer and then being taken outside. She has her baby in a carrier during the incident.
On the video, the Chula Vista police officer can be seen telling the woman that she needed to leave the area she was in for the safety of the child.
However, the woman tells the officer that before she was pulled out, a security guard told her to stop breastfeeding, and even took a photo of her.
“Your child doesn't have hearing protection on,” the officer can be heard saying. “The crowd is going to start surging forward. Where you're at, your child can get crushed. So we're afraid of your child getting crushed, and we're afraid of your child's eardrums being hurt, OK. That is borderline, probably, child endangerment."
“You have two options, they can reseat you somewhere else, where you can be safe, or you can get a refund on your tickets."
“Do you know that the security guards asked me to stop breastfeeding my child?” the woman asks.
“This has nothing to do with the breastfeeding… I’m explaining to you, it’s your child getting crushed with everyone getting pushed forward.”
The woman also claims to the officer that she was in the pit at a Tim McGraw concert a few weeks ago and was not asked to leave.
The officer offers to move her to a safer location or refund her ticket. The woman asks for a full refund.
Chula Vista police could not immediately be reached for comment.