UPDATE: The charges against Jazmine Headley in relation to the incident at the food stamp office have also been dropped.
Jazmine Headley will finally be released from Rikers Island after spending five days there following her arrest at a food stmap office in Brooklyn. Craig Walker, a Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge, granted a motion from Brooklyn Defender Services to have Headley released on her own recognizance.
— Brooklyn Defender Services (@BklynDefender) December 11, 2018
The charges against Headley related to the food stamp office arrest had already been dropped but she was still being held at Rikers. In a report from Vice, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Headley was still in custody because of an outstanding warrant from Mercer County, New Jersey.
Read the original story below.
The mother, Jazmine Headley, is currently being held without bail at Rikers Island following the incident.
A Brooklyn mother had her 1-year-old child pulled from her while sitting on the floor of a food stamp office on Friday.
According to a report from the New York Times, police had responded to a 911 call for harassment at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program office in Boerum Hill. Upon arrival, security guards told the officers that Jazmine Headley had refused to leave.
A video, taken by bystander Nyashia Ferguson, captured Headley’s altercation with the officers. Headley is lying on the floor and cradling her son while yelling “They’re hurting my son! They’re hurting my son!”
A female sergeant and three other officers surround Headley and attempt to pull the child away, with one officer, whose back is facing the camera, repeatledy pulling on the child to try to separate him from Headley. The same officer also reportedly pulled out a yellow stun gun and waved it around as onlookers expressed their outrage.
Headley has been charged with resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, obstructing governmental administration and trespassing. She is currently being held without bail at Rikers Island following the incident.
The police said they asked Headley to leave “numerous times” but she refused. However, Ferguson disputed police’s account of the incident, saying that the officer who waved the stun gun also forced Headley to the ground.
Headley had been waiting for about two hours at the food stamp office and sitting on the floor the entire time because of how crowded it was.
The video has since gone viral on social media (warning: the video below is graphic.)
A Brooklyn woman applying for food stamps sat on the floor as no chairs were available. The NYPD came and forcibly pulled her ONE-YEAR-OLD son out of her arms. She faces multiple charges and is being held without bail on Rikers.pic.twitter.com/vdTOpKsWWT
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) December 10, 2018
Horrifying state violence:
•NYPD violently yank an infant from its mother—Jazmine Headley
•Headley sat on the SNAP office floor b/c there were no chairs
•Got money for cops to abuse a mom but not for chairs?😑
POC & White Allies: Record Everythingpic.twitter.com/PdHvtOiWj5
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) December 10, 2018
— L. Joy Williams (@ljoywilliams) December 10, 2018
Source: New York Times