'I am just happy to be free': Charges dropped against New York mother whose baby was yanked away. Disturbing Video Shows NYPD police officers Ripping 1-year-old child from mother’s arms as she cries out, “You’re hurting my son.” The video shows the woman lying on the floor of a Brooklyn benefits office as several officers struggle to arrest her and remove the one-year-old boy from her arms.
Jazmine Headley, the New York mother seen in a viral video having her baby ripped from her arms by police officers and security guards, said she's just "happy to be free" after charges against her were dropped.
Headley was released from a jail on Rikers Island after 9 p.m. Tuesday and thanked her supporters outside for their words of encouragement.
"I just want to thank everybody and all the support that I have been getting in New York and all the great people who have been supporting me," she said, after she was released from Rikers Island on her own recognizance. "I haven't gotten to read all the articles and just all the great things and all of the love, and I am accepting it. And I am just so grateful to everyone, and I am just happy to be free, and I just need to see my boy. So, thank you guys."
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office said earlier on Tuesday that it wouldn't pursue charges against the 23-year-old Headley.
"Continuing to pursue this case will not serve any purpose and I therefore moved today to dismiss it immediately in the interest of justice," Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement. "Discretion is the better part of valor and we must be thoughtful and compassionate in evaluating the merit of our cases."
Gonzalez said a security guard at the Human Resources Administration office in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon "escalated the situation" that drew New York City police officers into the confrontation, "creating an awful scenario of a baby being torn from his mother."
Gonzalez made the decision to drop the charges after speaking with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"I applaud the DA's decision to do so," de Blasio said Tuesday. "[Headley] should be reunited with her child as soon as possible."
At one point, an officer pulls out a Taser and waves it at a crowd of onlookers objecting to the police actions. Eventually the woman, 23-year-old Jazmine Headley, is dragged to her feet and removed in handcuffs.
The scuffle broke out on Friday afternoon at a Brooklyn office of the city human resources administration, which administers welfare benefits in the city.
There were no seats available, so the mother sat on the floor in a corner, according to witness Monae Sinclair, who posted the video on Facebook. A security guard told her to stand, and when she refused, called police.
“She had her baby in her hands the whole time,” Sinclair wrote. “I’m a mother myself & I would’ve lost my fucking mind if this was me they would’ve had to kill me.”
Headley remains locked up on Rikers Island, charged with criminal trespassing, resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and obstruction of governmental administration.
The Brooklyn borough president, Eric Adams, a former NYPD captain, plans to visit the HRA office on Monday and call for the charges to be dropped.
The NYPD in a statement called the incident “troubling”.
Police were responding to a 911 call for harassment at the office after HRA security “made unsuccessful attempts to remove this individual from the facility due to her disorderly conduct towards others and for obstructing the hallway”, the NYPD said.
“The woman was then informed by police numerous times to leave the location, and she refused. As NYPD officers were attempting to convince the woman to depart the facility, HRA peace officers brought the woman to the floor. NYPD officers then attempted to place her under arrest. She refused to comply with officers’ orders, and was then taken into custody.”
Headley’s mother told ABC 7 that she had gone to the office to apply for a voucher for daycare for her son, so she could take a job as a cleaner.
“I was devastated to see something like that happen to my daughter and grandson. And how this officer yanking on my grandson to get him out of my daughter’s arms,” said the mother, Jacqueline Jenkins.
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