VIDEO: Mother Uses Baby As Shield While Resisting Arrest
Covington, GA – A woman wanted for violating her probation dropped her infant and lost some of her clothing while trying to evade arrest (video below).
The incident occurred on May 9, after a woman called 911 to ask for help getting her keys out of her locked vehicle, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Bodycam footage showed the Covington police officer as he spoke with 26-year-old Breonna Bell on the side of the road.
When the officer told the mother-of-two that she had violated probation and had “a couple warrants” out for her arrest, she immediately refused to cooperate with him, the video showed.
“I can’t do that,” she said, shaking her head.
Bell, who was carrying her 8-month-old son in her arm, abruptly turned away from the officer, and began walking towards the passenger side of a vehicle being driven by who she claimed was her aunt.
The driver was later identified as Bell’s friend, 28-year-old Jazmin Stephens, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Stay right here – hold on,” the officer said, but Bell pushed his hand away, the video showed.
He grabbed a hold of her right arm, and tried to convince her to allow Stephens to take her children with her.
Bell continued to pull away, and began fighting the officer’s attempt to keep her out of the vehicle, dropping her son on the ground in the process.
“You dropped my baby, you stupid [expletive]!” she screamed, before snatching the child up.
Police said that the little boy landed on his rear end, and that he did not appear to be injured, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“As I attempted to remove [Bell] from the car I made sure not to grab the arm holding the baby,” wrote one of the five officers who responded to the scene. “As she sat down in the car the baby fell from her arm due to her actions, resisting my verbal commands while attempting to get away from me.”
Bell tried to close the door, but the officer shoved it back open and ordered Stephens to “take the baby,” the video showed.
“Get out and give me the baby,” Stephens said.
“No! I’m not fixin’ to go to jail, b---h,” Bell replied. “I got a warrant.”
The officer continued to pull her from the car, assuring her that she would be going to jail.
“I’m not going nowhere,” she argued.
“At this point, the video shows Ms. Bell beginning to have a wardrobe malfunction with her pants,” the Covington Police Department (CPD) said in a press release on Tuesday. “As the officer continues to struggle to handcuff Ms. Bell, her pants fell to her feet.”
The officer’s bodycam was knocked to the ground during the altercation that ensued.
Cell phone footage recorded by a passerby showed Bell’s pants down around her ankles as she fought with the officer, who ultimately took her to the ground.
“I see the police just manhandling this lady and her pants down,” Alfonso Dennis told WGCL. “The police just grabbed her, and just slammed her, like a wrestling match or something.”
“Give me your hand!” he ordered, while Bell screamed incoherently.
Children wailed in the background as a woman advised the officer that Bell is “a female,” bodycam footage showed.
“Let her put her clothes on!” the female bystander repeatedly yelled during the brawl. “How you got her out here with no clothes on?”
The officer repeatedly ordered Bell to give him her hands, but she continued to scream and fight.
She also managed to provide a woman with a phone number to call one of her family members.
“Get off of me!” she yelled at the officer. “Y’all stupid b---hes! Get the f--k off of me you dumb-ss!”
The female bystander also informed the officers that they were “rude -ss mother---kers,” the video showed.
Once Bell was taken into custody, the officer retrieved his bodycam off the ground.
“Y’all did all this in front of these children,” the woman holding Bell’s infant told him.
Stephens blamed the officer for causing the altercation.
“Covington police have a reputation,” she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “To see it happen to someone you know, when you actually witness it firsthand, you’re like, ‘wow.’”
New Order National Human Rights Organization (NONHRO) board member Denise Williams said that Bell’s arrest is evidence of tension between police and the African-American community.
“Something needs to be done,” Williams said. “We desperately need a citizen review board.
NONHRO leader Gerald Rose said that the officers “clearly went overboard” during Bell’s arrest.
Bell was taken to the Newton County Jail on new charges of cruelty to children and obstructing an officer, WSB reported.
Covington Police Captain Ken Malcolm sad that the officer involved in the physical altercation handled the situation appropriately and did nothing wrong.
“He did not violate departmental policy,” Capt. Malcolm said.
"Well over 20 times, he asks for her to comply and stop resisting and stop fighting and allow him to handcuff her," the captain noted. "The officer gave lawful orders in this situation and Ms. Bell failed to comply with those lawful orders.”
You can watch bodycam footage of the officer's altercation with Bell in the videos below. WARNING - Language and disturbing content: