Swan Williams was charged Wednesday night for choking an NYPD cop who was arresting her son. At the time of her arrest, the NYC woman said she was a New York City probation officer, but the probation office has since said that they have never had a Swan Williams employed with their agency.
Williams has been charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and four counts of obstructing governmental administration. The NYPD officer later charged her with criminal impersonation of a public servant after finding out she had no connection to the city probation office.
According to reports, the assault occurred around 11:00 p.m Wednesday. Officers witnessed Williams’ 26-year-old son stealing beer from a local deli in a Canarsie neighborhood in Brooklyn.
The young man then fled to his Rockway Parkway home and police followed him. When they were attempting to arrest her son, Swan Williams tried to stop them. Williams allegedly tried to close the door on the officers and then tried to choke one of them. She and her son were arrested at their home.
The officer who was assaulted was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. He has since been released.
The 26-year-old son has not been identified. It is unclear if either mother or son has lawyers. Police continue to investigate the assault. It’s unclear when Swan Williams is due for arraignment in court.
Wednesday’s incident is not the first bizarre attack against an NYPD officer this week. On Nov. 30, a video surfaced of 29-year-old Penelope Hernandez walking up to a Bronx officer and punching them in the face. The motive for the attack is unknown, and police are still trying to determine what happened.
According to reports, the Nov. 30 assault occurred outside the 52nd Precinct at around 10:30 p.m. Video showed the woman punching the officer and then running away. She didn’t get far before the officer tackled her to the ground.
The NYPD cop gained the help of two other men – an officer and a bystander – to arrest the NYC woman. Penelope Hernandez was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and obstruction of government administration, according to Bronx police.
NYPD statistics revealed that the city has seen a rise in crime over the past year. In November 2021, crime rose 21.3% compared to the same time last year. Crimes counted in overall crime statistics include murder, rape, felony assault, and four kinds of theft.
Despite the increase in crime for this year, Mayor Bill De Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that crime itself has gone down. Compared to when the mayor was first elected in 2014, crime in New York City is down 11%.
“I do think the overall [message] is clear: The NYPD has stabilized the situation even while we were still in the pandemic and started to turn it very markedly. We’re gonna turn the corner,” said De Blasio.
Shea praised the efforts of the NYPD officers and said that their hard work helped to keep the city safe. Both the Mayor and the Police commissioner are planning on retiring at the end of the year.
“I consider the work that they did the glue that held the city together through one of the toughest times this city has ever seen,” Shea said. “I’m quite confident in my ability and being able to lead this agency in all that we’ve accomplished. So, I sleep very well at night.”