VIDEO: Officer Under Investigation For Takedown Of 76-Year-Old Woman

Sandy Malone

Baltimore County police are investigating the arrests of 76-year-old Rena Mellerson and her granddaughter, Cierra Floyd.

Pikesville, MD – Recently released bodycam video showed Baltimore County police throwing a 76-year-old woman to the ground after she interfered in her granddaughter’s arrest (video below).

The Baltimore County Police Department released the bodycam video after a cell phone video filmed by a neighbor went viral of the elderly woman’s arrest, WJZ reported.

But police bodycam video showed the grandmother had been interfering and actively blocking the officer from getting to her granddaughter to make an arrest for several minutes before she was taken into custody.

The incident occurred Baltimore County Police Corporal Brennan went to a home located in the 7000-block of North Alter Street to arrest a woman who had been involved at a fight at another house earlier in the day, according to WJZ.

Rena Mellerson, 76, answered the door at the home and was immediately argumentative and eventually combative with Cpl. Brennan, the video showed.

Bodycam video showed Cpl. Brennan told Mellerson he was there to arrest her granddaughter, Cierra Floyd.

Mellerson started to open the door for Cpl. Brennan but Floyd screamed at her not to.

So, then she tried to pull the door shut, but Cpl. Brennan had a firm hold on it.

The video showed he calmly explained to the grandmother that he was going to arrest her granddaughter – it was a foregone conclusion – so they should just get it over with the easy way.

But then Floyd rushed the doors yelling at her grandmother to shut the door, the video showed.

Cpl. Brennan used his foot to keep the door from closing but then his foot became wedged in the door and he couldn’t move it.

The corporal deployed pepper spray into the house through the open crack of the door, the video showed.

A moment later he deployed his Taser through the same crack, although it did not appear to have struck anyone.

Cpl. Brennan radioed dispatch to speed up his backup while he continued to struggle with the door.

“Ow, my foot is in the f--king door, you idiot,” he yelled at the women pushing the door shut from the other side.

“Well move it then,” one of them yelled back.

Finally, Mellerson can be heard on the video telling Floyd to open the door.

She does, but then she took off down the stairs away from the officer when he entered the house.

When Cpl. Brennan started to follow Floyd, Mellerson put herself between the officer and the staircase.

The video showed she reached out and put her hand on the officer to push him away.

That’s when Cpl. Brennan took Mellerson’s arm and pulled her through the door and out onto the front porch, where he turned the grandmother over to his backup officer who had just arrived.

That officer, later identified by the department as Baltimore County Police Officer Schmidt, grabbed Mellerson roughly and threw her to the ground, the video showed.

“Be easy with her. Easy!” Cpl. Brennan cautioned him.

The officer allowed the older woman to sit up as he handcuffed her sitting, the video showed.

Cpl. Brennan stood in the threshold of the home choking on his own pepper spray as he ordered Floyd out of the house, the video showed.

With her grandmother in custody, Floyd exited the house without incident and allowed herself to be taken into custody.

The video captured a small child screaming and crying from inside the house as they watched the older women being handcuffed.

Officers took Floyd to a patrol vehicle and allowed Mellerson to talk to neighbors and make arrangements for the care of the small children who were in the house.

Floyd was charged with second-degree assault on law enforcement, failure to obey a lawful order, second-degree assault, resisting and interfering with an arrest, and disorderly conduct, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Mellerson was also arrested and charged with second-degree assault, resisting and interfering with an arrest, and obstructing or hindering a law enforcement officer performing his duties.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt called the video of Mellerson’s arrest “unsettling,” The Baltimore Sun reported.

Chief Hyatt said that the Internal Affairs investigation and criminal investigation in the incident were ongoing.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

Comments (81)
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flybynight
flybynight

Does this reach the level of ghetto lottery? Asking for a friend.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

I am 67 so when I say 'I DON'T GIVE A SHIT" how old the bitch is, TAKE HER ASS DOWN AND CHARGE HER, you know I MEAN IT.

Bambie
Bambie

She did the right thing at first but no grandma just had to listen to her ghetto ass granddaughter now they both in jail!! The officers did nothing wrong!!! There should be no investigation everything shows right here on video people just COMPLY!!! Comply!!!! Comply!!!

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

i hope the city continues to do the right thing by getting rid of the bad cops that violate peoples rights. in this issue the piggy is missing two things, a search warrant or exigent circumstances. by forcing his way into the door, ASSAULTING the grandma he has committed a CRIME! this POS will get spanked. the question is will the slap on the wrist be good enough to be considered a proper punishment!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I don't usually side with the ghetto, but this cop was out of line.He was forcing his way in and using the F-bomb way too much for the threat he was confronting.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#didhereallyhaveawarrant #cantlietogainentry #coldpursuit

NFPD103
NFPD103

exactly the kind of dumb stuff officers have to deal with because of stupid people who just refuse to accept that criminal behavior is not acceptable. They act like children and then get pissed when the get in trouble. always wanting to hold court on the street. what a waste of time for the officers and the taxpayers. in the end the lying ass grandmother still didn't think what she did was wrong.

maxx1676
maxx1676

He didn`t "slam" her to the ground...if you watch the video he spun her around and held on to her as not to hurt her.

Dra71
Dra71

Again, this could have all been avoided if the granddaughter, first didn't shout the Officer was racist, and then complied. Even Granny at first told the granddaughter to just do what he says but she chose to get Granny all fired up as well. And then there is a little kid that will surely follow in the granddaughters footsteps.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

Wish505
Wish505

I see no effort on the part of the officer to slam the woman to the ground, all he did was her around and once she hit the ground he acted accordingly.

Nursey
Nursey

If that officer met to harm her she wouldn’t be able to get up. You act like a fool you get treated like one! She assaulted an officer trying to do his job. Let granny spend some time in jail and see if that changes her attitude. And her POS granddaughter should have went with the officer before all this got out of control. You do the crime you do the time!

Stanracer
Stanracer

But, but......laws don't apply to black people, don't ya know. I di'n't no nuttin!!!! Well, well. Look how that turned out. Idiots!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

If grandma hadn't interfered with a lawful arrest, she wouldn't have gotten taken down. Sounds like grandma was clearly at fault here, and deserves the charges that were filed against her.

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

Typical ghetto trash!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Everything is racist..just ask any black...NOT. old saying..don't do the crime if you can't do the time.that is for granny's also

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

$$$$$$$$$$$$

Miss traci
Miss traci

Poor old grandma to a point. And that nasty ghetto rat granddaughter needs a good ass beating. Again this officer was one hundred percent right. All that stupid crap over a disorderly conduct charge is plain ghetto attitude.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Gee didn't take long for the old race card to get thrown out huh?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Typical day in the ghetto. Fools caused the problem but once again officer is under investigation. Backwards world.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Well, we can all see where the kids get their disrespect for police. What they hear and see the kids emulate.......Granny got what she deserved. She probably didn't know she was being recorded. Can you imagine living in that n'hood????

Amitzah Mitzvah
Amitzah Mitzvah

When I read the article the part that reads the video is disturbing my first thought was yeah sure I wonder what crap they were going to pull.
Had grandmom only done what was requested by the policeman none of the drama would have happened. Had granddaughter had the smallest minúte inkling of respect for her grandmom she wouldn't have explained the policeman as a racist and she would have respectfully left peacefully with the Officer. Problem is criminals tend to think children, those that are disabled, and the elderly are be used as a cushion between law enforcement and arrest. Grandmom sounded like she was reared up to be respectful to law enforcement but living with granddaughter may be if a consequence had she not tried to defend granddaughter, unfortunately grandmom should have stayed out of it. Instead grandmom broke the law at that point too.

I commend the foot in the door Officer. At no time was he disrespectful to grandmom or granddaughter.

I am appalled that an Officer has to explain there isn't any hard feelings, (I suppose if an EMT has to do an IV he or she will have to apologise and explain why they are sticking a tubed needle in the patient's arm) why grandmom was arrested, and the necessity to leave...


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