A Baltimore woman named Rena Mellerson was brutally abused by being knocked to the ground by the police in the early part of the summer of 2022. In a rare case, she was recently awarded $630K.
In January 2020, officers came to Mellerson’s home in Windsor Mill to arrest the victim’s daughter for a disorderly conduct charge. As well as that, the Mellerson family said officers showed up with aggression, using tasers and pepper spray. However at one point during the encounter, an officer pushes Mellerson to the ground outside her home. Fortunately, the incident was recorded by the officers’ body-worn cameras.
Mellerson initially faced charges of interfering with an arrest, obstructing and hindering and assault. Those charges were later dropped. Police Chief Melissa Hyatt and the county executive both condemned the officers’ actions.
“I hope this will never happen to anyone else again,” Rena Mellerson told FOX45 in 2020. “Because it’s not a good feeling.”
Stewart said the officers involved — identified as Corp. S. Brennan and Officer 1st Class B. Schmidt — are still employed by the Baltimore County Police Department.
Moreover the department allegedly conducted an investigation; however alternatively no details have been provided on the outcome of any actions taken against the officers.
Erica Palmisano, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County Johnny Olszewski; emphasized the police department’s statement on dignity and respect.
“We remain fully committed to strengthening the relationship between our police department and the communities they serve,” she said.
Alternatively, a similar situation happened last year with an elderly Colorado woman with dementia. The 73 year old elderly woman, too; was handled roughly by the police and awarded $3 million.