PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — The Baltimore County Police Department on Tuesday released the body-worn camera video and 911 call involved in a controversial arrest of a 76-year-old woman in Pikesville earlier this month in which an officer was seen forcing the woman to the ground.

The video showed Baltimore County Police Corporal Brennan grabbing Rena Mellerson’s arm and dragging her outside, at which point Officer Schmidt grabbed her by the upper torso and pulled her to the ground.


Brennan could then be heard telling Schmidt to be “easy with her.”

CAUTION: The video below contains violence and inappropriate language

In the initial 911 call, a woman told the dispatcher there is a boy being violent and destructive toward people’s property. The caller said she has a knife.

“He’s trying to hurt people. I will cut this little boy; somebody better come f***ing get him,” she said.

CAUTION: The audio below contains inappropriate language

When officers arrived at the scene in the unit block of Western Winds Circle in Windsor Mill, they found two women outside yelling. Police said when the officers asked what was wrong, the women just kept yelling.

The video showed Brennan threatening to arrest one of the women.

“If you want to get locked up for disorderly (conduct), we can go down that road,” he said.

CAUTION: The video below contains inappropriate language

The two women continued to stand on the porch of a home yelling at and taunting the police outside, at one point threatening Brennan, the video showed.

As the first scene cleared, Brennan then went to Mellerson’s home in the 7000 block of North Alter Street where the woman in the initial video, later identified as Mellerson’s granddaughter Cierra Floyd, had gone.

In the video, Corporal Brennan walked up to Mellerson’s front door and told her that Floyd was under arrest for disorderly conduct.

A woman could be heard in the background telling Mellerson not to open the door moments after Brennan said Floyd was being arrested.

“I don’t want to make this a bigger thing than it is but her behavior was out of line,” Brennan said.

As Mellerson and Brennan struggled over the door, Brennan pulled out a Taser and told Mellerson she’s also under arrest for interfering with the investigation. He later told her he doesn’t want to charge her with anything and told her to get out of the way.

Brennan could then be heard arguing with Floyd about why she’s being arrested. Mellerson then told Floyd to go with police.

“Just come and go with him,” she said. “Go with him, we’ll get you out.”

Floyd refused, at which point Mellerson tried to quickly shut the door, but Brennan’s foot stopped the door from fully closing. Brennan and Mellerson yelled at each other, at which point Brennan then appeared to fire his Taser through the gap in the door.

During the struggle, Brennan also sprayed pepper spray into the home.

The two continued to struggle as Brennan pulled out his gun. A small child could be heard in the background.

Brennan then forced the door open and ordered Floyd to come outside. She ran into the home’s lower level, at which point Brennan grabbed Mellerson’s arm and Schmidt forced her down.

Video captures Rena Mellerson’s arrest.

Video from an area resident provided to WJZ earlier this month showed that part of the altercation and generated backlash against the department.

Online court records show Mellerson is charged with second-degree assault, resisting/interfering with an arrest and obstruction. Floyd faces five charges, including felony second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

County Executive Johnny Olszewski said at the time the video was concerning and called for an investigation into the officers’ handling of the case.

Mellerson’s attorney J. Wyndal Gordon said at a news conference on January 15 the officers were “disgracing the badge that many officers wear proudly and do their jobs every day, putting their lives in danger.”

“I don’t think you need the training to know not to slam a 76-year-old woman to the ground,” Gordon said. “I don’t think you need classes for that.”

In a statement along with the video’s release, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said:

“The men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department work diligently to honor our core values of integrity, fairness and service. When our actions come into question, it is my responsibility as your Chief to ensure an objective and thorough investigation is completed. In addition, it is imperative that we continue to maintain an open dialogue and communicate with the community. It is our obligation to treat all citizens respectfully and impartially. The trust of our community must be earned and maintained every day. We will continue to strive to provide the high quality of service that our community expects and deserves.”

Ava-joye Burnett

Comments (9)
  1. Mark says:

    Just the “I did nuffin” crew being the perpetrator as usual, but somehow they are the victims. Grandma is your typical ghetto black bitc*…, Guess what grandma? What you did was assault, closing the door on a cops foot, simultaneously going into ghetto black girl rage. You are lucky your as* didn’t get the tazor. Grandma wasn’t thrown down that hard. god job officers. Now leftist jewish owned media, with their black leftist lapdogs will make this about race.

    1. Mark 2 says:

      Mark, the cop needs to learn how to de-escalate confrontations. The Baltimore PD are an embarrassment as well as bootlickers like yourself

    2. M says:

      You are just the Typical ignorant Cracker!

  2. Goth says:

    The grandmother should have listened to the police officer instead of disobeying him and this would have never happened! Bottom line the police officer was doing his job, it is obvious the grandma was not cooperating as usual. Possibly hiding whoever the police officer was looking for. Another prime example of “we did nothin’ wrong” well you obstructed the police officer and that is the problem. Of course once again this will be flipped around and place grandma as the victim. Baltimore is wondering why there is a shortage of cops its because of actions like this where media provokes this kind of nonsense. Mark once again you nailed it! Now they will try and make money from this it is just ridiculous. You learn from an early age to listen and respect the police clearly that was not done in this incident.

    1. M says:

      Your people do not listen. Just a Typical Cracker!

  3. King Julian says:

    Change the age of the involved to 60 and this would not be news. If you do wrong don’t expect hugs and kisses. Johnny O support your officers.

  4. Goth says:

    Here come the lawyers! (just knew that would be coming)…excuse me but can the lawyers help the man who was beaten down by the squeegie kid in downtown Baltimore City?. He was an innocent man driving his vehicle only to be attacked. Where is all the attorneys on that? I am sure he was scarred for that incident along with anyone who witness it ! Where is all the media? Where is his justice? No, the focus will be on someone who refuses to listen to the police officer and will get rewarded for it! Only in Baltimore

  5. Goth says:

    Is this the same video where in the beginning the police had to endure racial slurs?

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