A mother who caused a disturbance at an NYC food stamp center and refused to leave was surprised when police tried to take her child away.
On Friday, 23-year-old Jazmine Headley reportedly sat on the floor with her 1-year-old child at the Human Resources Administration after no chairs were available, and was told to stand up by a HRA peace officer to stand up. When she refused, she was asked to leave.
Refusing to leave the premises, Headley forced the security team to summon the NYPD, who informed her she was trespassing and asked if she needed medical attention. When she refused to move or seek aid, police began forcibly removing her from the property, and attempted to take her child into protective custody.
When the NYPD officers continued, she began screaming hysterically and thrashing about with her infant in her arms, causing an angry crowd to form around the melee.
“They’re hurting my son! They’re hurting my son!” she screamed.
“Oh my God, look what they doing to us,” one woman shouted. “Look what they doing to her.”
The crowd began to close in even tighter around the police, prompting one officer to draw his Taser.
“There’s a f**king baby in her hands!” another person protested.
Headley continued to refuse lawful orders, but was eventually subdued. He child was taken into custody by her mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, who incidentally works as a security officer.
“It was unnecessary to use that much force on my daughter,” Jenkins told PIX11. “Talk to her as much as you can, but you didn’t have to put your hands on her.”
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson took to Twitter after seeing the video, which was posted to Facebook on Friday by Monae Sinclair.
“This is unacceptable, appalling and heart breaking,” he said. “I’d like to understand what transpired and how these officers or the NYPD justifies this.”
According to PIX11, an NYPD spokeswoman called the video images “troubling” and said the event is under review by both the NYPD and HRA police.
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