A video has gone viral which shows NYPD police officers pulling a one-year old boy from the arms of his mother as they wanted to arrest her. The video was shot by a bystander at a social service centre in Brooklyn, New York.
According to eyewitnesses, the mother, one Jazmine Headley along with her son had been waiting on the floor of the service centre for over three hours as there were not enough chairs. But she was asked to leave by a security guard. Since she did not leave, the centre’s workers called the police who then confronted her.
Headley who had been waiting for a long time along with her toddler, refused to move until her issue was looked at. In the video, the police officer reaches down to grab her but she evades him. The police officer then pulls her son away from her. As Headley holds on, the child is caught in a tug of war. She can be heard yelling, “You're hurting my son! You're hurting my son!"
Headley was then dragged onto the floor and then forcefully placed in handcuffs after her son had been pulled away from her. Eyewitnesses can be heard shouting at the police officers to not use force but the video shows that another officer pulls out a stun-gun and points it at the eyewitnesses.
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This scene was captured on video and posted to Facebook and has since been commented upon hundreds of times.
Jazmine Headley has since been charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child and trespassing. Her son has been handed over to a family member.
The ensuing backlash after the release of the video has put pressure on NYPD. Both, the NYPD and the New York City Human Resources Administration say they are now reviewing that December 7 arrest. "Video images of the incident in the 84th precinct are troubling," the NYPD said in a statement, adding that the review will "include examination of all available video of the incident."
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The arrest just adds to Jazmine Headley’s troubles as she was there at the Brooklyn social service centre to get some help. Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, told CNN that Headley had been at the social services office because her child-care benefit, which allowed her to maintain her job, had ended. She took a day off work to come to the social services office and try to resolve the issue and get her child back in daycare.
Headley is still in jail but there is growing demand for all charges to be dropped against her.