NY City -- Media outlets and social media have been reporting and sharing this video of a New York Police prying a 1-year-old out of his mother's arms.The mother was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass and endangering the welfare of a child.
Nyashia Ferguson videoed the incident with her cellphone. Jazmine Headely 23, was standing, holding her son, Damone Friday at the Forest Greene Social Services office. Headley was there to get a a city-funded voucher for daycare for her son while she went to work as a cleaner. At that point, she had been waiting for four hours.
NY CBS 2 Local News Reported December 11, 2018 10:13 a.m.
“There was no reason for NYPD to tug and pull like the way they did with him – he was rag-doll basically. And she was really trying to protect him, and you heard him screaming,” said Damone’s grandmother, Jacqueline Jenkins, who is now caring for the boy.
Headley’s family said she had been waiting at the HRA office for four hours to renew daycare service. Witnesses told CBS2 there were no chairs, so she sat on the floor.
“There was not enough seating, I think a lot of people had no place to sit, and she was sitting on the floor. She was asked to move multiple times, there was no place to go,” Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, said. “Security, I guess, decided to call 911.” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the NYPD officers’ body cameras will be reviewed.
“It’s disturbing, but we have to see what led up to the event. What were the actions of the people from HRA, what were the actions of our police officers?” he said.
Meanwhile, the HRA peace officers have been placed on modified duty.
** Just Now: The district attorney has announced that he will dismiss the case against Headly. She had faced charges of resisting arrest, criminal trespass and other offenses. Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the NYPD officers’ body cameras will be reviewed.
“This morning my office spoke to the Brooklyn DA about dropping the charges against Ms. Headley. I applaud the DA’s decision to do so. She should be reunited with her child as soon as possible,” he posted on Twitter.
Nyashia Ferguson videoed the incident and posted it on Face Book, which went viral. There has been a lot of public outrage over the incident and arrest.