The New York Police Department reported a “Troubling” video showing officers trying to tear a 1-year-old from his mother’s arms in a Brooklyn social services office is under review.
“They are damaging my son! They’re hurting my son,” the girl, Jazmine Headley, is heard screaming from the movie posted Friday on Facebook.
In it, Headley, together with her back to the ground, struggles to hang on to her infant as several officers attempt to rip him away. Look what they are doing to her,” people yell on the video, which has been viewed over 200,000 times.
At least one officer pulled out what seemed like a stun gun, and pointed it toward the audience before holding it inches from the Headley’s face. The NYPD said in a statement that the video was “Troubling,” and they had been reviewing it along with another video they could find from the episode.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office was also starting an independent evaluation “With the intent of reaching a swift decision,” a spokesman for the office announced Monday.
Officers were called to the Human Resources Administration office in the Boerum Hill area of Brooklyn Friday after staff had made unsuccessful efforts to remove Headley “Due for her disorderly conduct towards other people, and for blocking the hallway,” according to the report.
Headley, 23, now faces charges of resisting arrest, behaving in a manner injurious to a child, obstructing governmental administration and criminal convictions. A spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney said they did not request bond from Headley, and she’s being held on a separate merit in New Jersey.
The girl who posted the video to Facebook wrote that Headley sat on the floor of their office with her child because all the seats were taken. A security guard who told her to get off the ground eventually ended up calling police, the woman wrote.”It is hard to see this video,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson stated in a tweet.
“That is unacceptable, appalling and heart breaking. I’d like to know what transpired and these the NYPD justifies this.” Public Advocate and Attorney General-elect Letitia James also called for an investigation and stated that involved officers must be assigned desk duty during the stunt.
“Being poor isn’t a crime. The actions of the NYPD in this video are dreadful and contemptible,” James stated. “No mother should have to experience the trauma and humiliation we all witnessed in this video.”
Police said the woman denied medical care for himself and the child, that was placed in care for a relative after the episode.