NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. (KTAL/KMSS) – Police in Georgia have released body camera video in which a mother dropped her baby on the ground as an officer tried to arrest her.
WSB-TV reports the situation escalated quickly last Thursday as a Covington police officer was speaking to Breonna Bell about her active warrants.
“Let her take the child, OK? What are you doing to my baby?” the woman can be heard asking the officer.
A witness’ cellphone video shows the officer slam Bell to the ground with her pants down.
The video posted on social media sparked outrage and activists held a demonstration at police headquarters Tuesday.
Capt. Ken Malcolm with the Covington Police Department told WSB-TV that the officer did nothing wrong.
“He did not violate departmental policy,” Malcolm said.
The department released body camera footage Monday in an attempt to show how the officer attempted to let Bell give the baby to a passenger.
“Well over 20 times, he asks for her to comply and stop resisting and stop fighting and allow him to handcuff her,” Malcolm said.
Police said that once a backup officer arrived, other officers helped Bell put her pants back on. They said no one was injured and the whole incident should have been avoided.
“The officer gave lawful orders in this situation and Ms. Bell failed to comply with those lawful orders,” Malcolm said.
Ball had warrants out for her arrest for shoplifting at the time. She is currently in jail, facing new charges of obstruction and cruelty to children.
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