GEORGIA — (Scroll Down for Video) — The arrest happened Thursday, May 9, in Covington, Georgia.
Press Release / Covington PD: 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 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 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.