2 peace officers on modified duty after video shows cops ripping baby from mom's arms

Adam Warner
December 10, 2018 - 6:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The mayor's office says two peace officers from the city's Human Resources Administration (HRA) are being placed on modified duty after a "troubling" viral video shows cops wrestling a baby away from a woman they were trying to arrest at a food stamp office in Brooklyn.

The intense video posted to Facebook on Friday shows 23-year-old Jazmine Headley holding her 1-year-old son on the floor of the Human Resources Administration's SNAP office on Bergen Street in Boerum Hill.

Headley was reportedly sitting down on the floor of the office because there weren’t enough chairs.

At some point, she got into an argument with a security guard, who told her sitting on the floor was prohibited. 

Police say they were eventually called and told the woman a number of times to leave. They they tried to arrest her.

In doing so, they pried the child from her arms, video shows.

The chaotic, two-minute video shows police wrestling with her as people scream in the background.

“Oh my God! Oh my God! Look what they doing to her!” one woman can be heard shouting.

Nyashia Ferguson recorded a two-minute video of the altercation. 

“I was just so disgusted, and I was like scared,” Ferguson told ABC7. “I thought the cops were supposed to help you. They just straight up came and attacked the lady.”

Jacqueline Jenkins is the mother of the woman arrested.

“That much force to rip her son from out of her arms, I don’t understand that,” Jenkins said.

The mother faces a number of charges, including resisting arrest and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

The little boy, meanwhile, is with a family member and the Administration for Children’s Services has been notified.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams went to Boerum Hill on Monday morning to demand the NYPD drop the charges against Headley.

“The department endangered the child, not the mother,” he said.

Adams says he wants NYPD Internal Affairs to review police procedure.

He says he has spoken to the HRA commissioner about addressing overcrowding at the SNAP facility. 

"What can we do to ensure that someone is not waiting for a four-hour period and then look at clear procedures on when do we call the police," he said. 

Adams said FGC Security, which operates at the location, also needs review; he cited more than a dozen lawsuits against the company. 

Adams previously released a statement Monday and wrote on Twitter that "something's terribly wrong when the most well-trained police department can't resolve a dispute with a mother and child without looking like @RealDonaldTrump's southern border strategy." 

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted that the incident was "unacceptable, appalling and heart breaking." 

"I’d like to understand what transpired and how these officers or the NYPD justifies this," he continued. 

An NYPD spokeswoman says the video images of the incident in the 84th Precinct are troubling and that the event is under review by the NYPD and HRA Police.

The Brooklyn DA issued a statement late Monday, saying it is conducting an independent investigation into a case it referred to as "troubling."

Headley is being held in connection with a warrant out of New Jersey, and the Brooklyn DA is reaching out to authorities there to expedite her release.