Woman accused of assaulting officer in alley avoids jail, gets probation
JACKSONVILLE, Florida –A Jacksonville woman who was accused of assaulting a police officer after throwing a green substance at him took her case to court and avoided jail.
The confrontation between Brittany Williams and the police in her driveway in May 2020 was filmed. Williams said police used excessive force after the confrontation and entered her home without a warrant and assaulted her during her arrest.
After months of legal maneuvering, the case went to trial this week.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the officer informed Williams that he had just finished a call and was checking his emails, and that Williams told the officer to get out of his driveway before throwing a spoon with an unknown green substance on the officer while in his car. . The sheriff’s office said the officer then called for reinforcements, and when the reinforcements arrived they tried to take Williams into custody. The sheriff’s office said she kicked an officer in the groin, and as officers handcuffed her, a loaded handgun fell from her clothes.
Williams was arrested and charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting his arrest. After a two-day trial, the jury acquitted Williams of the assault charge, but found her guilty of resisting police without violence.
Williams’ attorney Jeffery Chukwuma told News4Jax that the evidence presented in the case was irrelevant and damaging.
“We are extremely happy that the jury has returned a verdict of not guilty,” said Chukwuma. “However, we believe that Ms Williams and her family suffered an extreme injustice, and we believe that if the judge had not allowed certain evidence like threats and the gun, the jury would have returned a verdict of no. guilt on all charges. “
Williams has been sentenced to six months probation, undergo mental health assessments and anger management, and she must write a letter of apology to an officer.
“He was the one who walked into her house, knocked out both of her front teeth, twisted her arm, causing permanent nerve damage to her arm, which is outrageous,” said Ray. “If anyone is ordered to write an apology in this matter, it should be the officers of our client, Ms. Williams.”
Williams’ attorneys are also challenging the mental health counseling Williams must undergo as part of his probation. They said Williams had never had any mental health issues, counseling, and had never taken mental health medication.
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