Covington police released body camera footage of an arrest where the arresting officer made the arrestee drop her baby.
The 30 second video starts off with the officer advising Breonna Bell that she has a couple warrants out for her arrest for a probation violation.
“I can’t do that,” Bell told the officer.
The officer starts to ask Bell if she wants the other person in the car to take the child.
Instead of answering, Bell starts walking towards the car.
The officer the proceeds to grab Bell by the arm and advises her to listen to him.
“Stay right here. Listen to me. Listen to me. Listen. Listen, let them take take the child, okay,” the officer says.
Twenty seconds into the video Bell attempts to get into the front passenger seat but the officer pulls on her arm.
When the officer pulls her by the arm Bell drops the baby. Bell immediately picks up the baby and starts yelling at the officer and telling the driver to drive off.
The incident was also recorded by a witness where it shows the officer slamming the woman onto the ground with her pants down to her ankles.
Since the videos have went viral Covington Police took to Facebook to release a statement.
“On 05/09/19 Covington officers responded to a vehicle lockout on 8175 Collier Street in Covington, Georgia. The officer was unable to locate the vehicle owner and dispatch was unable to reach them via telephone, but the officer later made contact with the complainant, Ms. Breona Bell. It was known to officers that Ms. Bell had outstanding warrants on her for probation violation in both Covington, Georgia and Gwinnett County, Georgia. The officer advised Ms. Bell that she had warrants for her arrest and sheimmediately(sic) began to say, “I can’t do that.” The officer attempted to have Ms. Bell relinquish her children to a friend who was originally identified as an aunt who was in a nearby vehicle. Ms. Bell attempted to get into the friend’s vehicle and dropped her seven-month-old baby on its bottom; the baby did not suffer any injuries. The officer continued to give Ms. Bell instructions to give the baby to her friend and she continued to resist. Her friend was telling her to give her the baby during this incident, but Ms. Bell stated, “No I’m not fixing to go to jail b@^#.” The friend then grabbed the baby as Ms. Bell attempted toclose(sic) the car door with the officer standing in the doorway. Ms. Bell then attempted to exit the vehicle and push the officer away. At this point, the video shows Ms. Bell beginning to have a wardrobe malfunction with her pants. AS the officer continues to struggle to handcuff Ms. Bell, her pants fell to her feet. The officer continued to instruct Ms. Bell to “give up” and place her hands behind her back to be restrained; Ms. Bell continued to fight with the officer. Ms. Bell was forced to the ground and the officer continued to rustle with her in an attempt to handcuff her but was still unable to do so. The officer continued to give verbal instructions, but Ms. Bell failed to cooperate. Moments after this occurred, a backup officer arrived, and they were able to successfully handcuff Ms. Bell. The officers then raised her to her feet and her wardrobe malfunction was corrected. Ms. Bell was checked by EMS to ensure that she received no injuries in the scuffle. She was then transported to the Newton County Detention Center. In addition to the outstanding warrants on Ms. Bell, she is also being charged with misdemeanor Obstruction of an Officer and Cruelty to Children.
There is a planned a demonstration at the departments headquarters set for today and that Capt. Ken Malcolm states that the officer was not wrong in his actions, according to WSBTV.