2 Officers Suspended Over Baby-As-Shield Incident, Then New Details Come Out

Jazmine Headley bit a security guard trying to get her to move and then used her 1-year-old son as a shield

New York, NY – Newly-released details have come out about how a 23-year-old mother bit a police officer and grabbed her baby to use as a human shield during her arrest.

Two of the officers involved have already been suspended without pay.

After two Human Resources Administration officers were suspended, an NYPD investigation determined that the mother didn't grab her child until the police showed up, in an apparent attempt to use her baby as a human shield.

The altercation between New York police and Headley took place at the Human Resources Administration (HRA) office on Bergen Street on Dec. 7, after her food stamps were “shut off unexpectedly,” Borough President Eric Adams told WPIX.

Brooklyn Defender Services Executive Director Lisa Schreibersdorf said that Headley was actually trying to determine why her vouchers for daycare had ceased, ABC News reported.

Without an investigation done, media reports parroted a lawyer whose jobs is to lie for clients.

Headley’s mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, said she witnessed the altercation, which began after her daughter sat down on the floor because there were not enough chairs, she said.

HRA security officers then told Headley she was blocking the hallway and that she could not sit there, but Headley refused to move, according to Jenkins.

“I’m not f–king moving from here," she responded according to witness accounts.

“At that point I went over to client Headley to see if I can persuade her to get up and have a seat. As I approached her she was saying, 'Don’t f–king get close to me get out of my f–king face bitch,'” the report stated according to the New York Post. “Client Headley continued to her irate behavior and creating more scene.”

At that point, an HRA supervisor contacted NYPD for assistance.

Police received the call just before 1 p.m., the department said in a statement.

According to the New York Post, police now say that Headly grabbed her child from her stroller when she saw the police coming in order to use the toddler as a human shield.

“The NYPD was called after office staff and HRA peace officers made unsuccessful attempts to remove this individual from the facility due to her disorderly conduct towards others, and for obstructing a hallway," the statement read.

“After a few more minutes of pleading with the female client to put the baby down and leave the facility, necessary actions were taken by the uniformed officers to detain her,” the police report said.

The cell phone video did not capture the events that led up to the altercation, but did show Headley lying on the floor with her son held to her chest.

“They’re hurting my son!” she screamed repeatedly, as a crowd of onlookers quickly assembled.

The officers tried to get the wailing baby to safety, but Headley refused to let go.

During the fight, she bit and kicked the officers, according to the report.

“She’s got her f--kin' baby in her hands!” one bystander yelled at the officers, as Headley laid on her back and raised her boots into the air.

“She Made The Security Guard Feel Dumb So She Called The Cops On Her & This Was The Outcome,” the video caption read. “Mind You She Had Her Baby In Her Hands The Whole Time…I'm So F--king Disgusted with The NYPD.”

One officer pulled out a Taser as the irate crowd moved in, although it was never deployed, police said.

Police were able to get the child away from Headley, and he was ultimately turned over to Jenkins by Child Protective Services, ABC News reported.

Headley was arrested and charged with committing an act in a manner injurious to a child, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, and criminal trespass.

A judge also issued a protection order against her, and barred her from having contact with her child.

Outrage spread throughout the community after the video was posted to social media.

"These police officers were put in an impossible situation. They didn't create the dispute at the HRA office – as always, they were called in to deal with the inevitable fallout when the rest of our City government fails in its task," New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement, according to ABC News.

"The event would have unfolded much differently if those at the scene had simply complied with the officers' lawful orders," Lynch said.

"The immediate rush to condemn these officers leaves their fellow cops wondering: when confronted with a similar impossible scenario, what do you want us to do? The answer cannot be 'do nothing,’” he added.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill defended his officers, but the same couldn't be said for the HRA officers.

HRA Commissioner Steven Banks said he was “deeply troubled” by the video, and that he had placed two HRA security officers involved in the altercation on a 30 day unpaid suspension before the investigation into the incident was complete.

Banks said that HRA staff needs to be better trained to de-escalate situations on their own before they contact NYPD for assistance.

"HRA centers must be safe havens for New Yorkers needing to access benefits to improve their lives," he added.

Headley was taken to jail but had the charges against her dropped, according to The Guardian.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said he dismissed all charges against 23-year-old Jazmine Headley “in the interest of justice,” according to the Associated Press.

"The consequences this young and desperate mother has already suffered as a result of this arrest far outweigh any conduct that may have led to it: she and her baby have been traumatized, she was jailed on an unrelated warrant and may face additional collateral consequences," Gonzalez explained.

However, the investigation has revealed that this narrative is false, but the charges have already been dismissed.

"This incident was chaotic and difficult to watch, and clearly something went wrong," Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Friday, according to the Associated Press. "The NYPD has conducted a strenuous review of what happened, because the public deserves answers, and we must take every opportunity to continuously strengthen how the NYPD serves the people of New York City."

Comments (36)
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JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Gold digging criminal pieces of shit ruining peoples lives 🖕🏼

Katarina
Katarina

The cost of her hair-do alone would have supplied a family of five with a generous supply of food for over a month. Maybe her food stamps stopped because she wasn't in need of them.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Hope the pos signed a waiver not to sue before they dropped the charges.

Watcher 4
Watcher 4

And lose a chance at the ghetto lottery?

AC1972
AC1972

Charges were dropped?? Seriously??

Ronnytx031
Ronnytx031

Go ahead keep letting these people act like animals and you'll see what happens. Theyll think they can get away with anything by just causing a scene.

Da$
Da$

Sad and pathetic BS. Dropping of charges more disgusting than even her behavior

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

She is a Person of "Politically Correct" Pigmentation and rules, standards, and laws that apply to others don't apply to her.

provguard
provguard

Sooooooooooo...Laws only apply to white folks while the entitled can't be acknowledged as being defiant of the law.... Ho - Ho - Ho .....

Georgia
Georgia

So, it sounds like the officers were in the right, are they still suspended, did they get their back pay?

Lochemet
Lochemet

It's still sad to see how in today's PC/BLM/Antifa/Etc. world law enforcement is first guilty until proven innocent. How absurd to suspend without pay two officers before the investigation is most-likely even started. We're so afraid of what the media/community is going to say that we accuse our own first. Where are the leaders that give back-up to those working under them? That Police Commissioner was right, "This incident was chaotic and difficult to watch, and clearly something went wrong." Yes, something went wrong all right. That arrogant, defiant, rebellious, anarchic black woman, who could be classified as a return offender, refused to be civil in a public place, used her baby as if it was a rag doll, and refused to respond correctly to police authority. Too bad they didn't call the Commissioner to come and deal with the situation. Then he could have seen close-up what went wrong. it disgusts me that two LE's were suspended without pay before the investigation proved that they did their job.

Sonny43
Sonny43

She already has over $30,000 in a Go Fund Me account someone set up for her. Pathetic, isn't it?

dsnonnie
dsnonnie

As we look at body language, look how she is holding her head in the picture, clearly sending the message that she is still being defiant!

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Prosecutor Gonzales is an embarrassment to the legal profession. Banks is a total ass in suspending the 2 officers without pay before an investigation is done. Place them on desk duty. IMO Banks is probably a college degree holder who never worked "a day on the streets" in his life.

gfc1963
gfc1963

So she uses her child as a shield against the cops and she's the victim???? Another fucking hood rat getting a payout. And all those morons who paid into her go fund thing - you support child abuse??

LEO030
LEO030

This story reinforces my belief that most Chiefs and in this case I'll also add HRA Commissioner Steven Banks to the list, are more concerned about public perception of THEM then standing up for their officers or at least waiting until all the facts are known before saying anything. It's a disgusting theme that plays itself out all too often. I hope any chief reading this will try to remember how they started in this business and think back to the impossible situations they were in over the years.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Idiots!!!

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

That photo of her says it all.

shooter
shooter

Too late...this episode of "The War on Cops" has already done the societal damage intended.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"reacted after her food stamps were “shut off unexpectedly,”

Just a thought ...well she could wait to have children until she had a job enabling her to support herself first and then have a baby.....or is that considered just too "racist" ? If so then too damn bad. We need to turn off this "free money " hose spiggot......Some will just drink from this until its bone dry and NEVER look for work on their own. With such low unemployment figures there is simply no excuse.

bob95648
bob95648

Another Dindu about to win the lottery.

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Idiot D.A. What do you expect from New York. It doesn't look like she was even charges with biting the security officer or the NYPD. I thought biting was a serious crime in most jurisdictions. Who knows what the h'll she is carrying in her saliva? She's another thug/mother and the statements made by the D.A. are outrageous. She and the baby were traumatized? She's the one who traumatized the baby. It seems the law is now dictated by the "outrage of the community".

BuddyA
BuddyA

That the charges "have already been dismissed by the prosecutor" is not a verdict of innocent. Those charges can, and should, be brought again. This woman, and the prosecutor, have proven to the world that you can do as you please without fear of prosecution if you're falsely voted innocent in the court of public opinion by a partial video of the crime.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The media is entirely to blame for the war on cops. Fake news and lies.👎

JoJoB
JoJoB

Once one, ALWAYS ONE!!!!! A FUCKIN SAVAGE.

toughguy
toughguy

Bad mothers matter... a lot!

chiefd
chiefd

Maybe if she quit spreading her legs and got a job she wouldn't have to worry about benefits and food stamps? Oh, forgot, she is a habitual welfare junkie.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Same old shit. Trying to be a “victim” when will this “I’m the victim” syndrome stop people? And the knee jerk reactions to discipline the officers just because it “looks bad”? I can’t believe it anymore. Police are Police for a reason, to stop situations. And how can you suspend the HRA Officers if the boss himself is saying that better training is needed? That shows that they weren’t trained by this agency from the beginning!! That’s a statement that contradicts his suspension actions. Can we be reasonable for just a minute? No support from their own Agency?

MMcGregor
MMcGregor

She's too damned cocky for her own good! The court needs to take that do-fund-me money away!! What pisses me is I've been trying to raise money on go-fund-me for over three years since I developed kidney faiklure, and not one penny - that sleaze gets put on there and I don't know how much she got - but I understand it's a pretty good chunck of change!!

MMcGregor
MMcGregor

She was traumatized my a**!! She should have been given a fine and probation!! Too many of them think they can so what they want, and when the police show up - all they have to do is act like they are being mistreated and bingo the public is at their side!!

MMcGregor
MMcGregor

As long as the courts pander to them, they will always play the victim card!!! I tried to point this out to someone the other day and got labeled racist on a public forum for it!!!

Cindy R
Cindy R

....now we hear the rest of the story. How about the headline reading....Officers doing their job but once again get blamed for a criminals actions

Louise S
Louise S

the angry mob chimping out is disgusting too...people need to back off or be arrested too if they're threatening cops..and locked up for a long time.