Mom Who Used Baby As Human Shield, Assaulted Security Officers Gets $625K Payout

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Jazmine Headley's attorney said that Headley was simply standing up for “young women of color."

New York, NY – The woman who bit a security officer and used her one-year-old son as a human shield as police attempted to remove her from a social services office in 2018 will receive a $625,000 payday from New York taxpayers.

Jazmine Headley, then 23, was wanted on an outstanding New Jersey warrant for failing to appear in connection with credit card theft when she went to the Human Resources Administration (HRA) office on Bergen Street on Dec. 7, 2018, to find out why her daycare vouchers had ceased, ABC News reported.

Headley’s mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, said that her daughter sat down on the floor inside the office because there were not enough chairs.

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 published by the New York Post.

“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,'” one incident report read. “Client Headley continued to her irate behavior and creating more scene.”

At that point, an HRA supervisor contacted New York Police Department (NYPD) for assistance.

When Headley saw the NYPD officers coming, she grabbed her son out of his stroller and used the toddler as a human shield, the New York Post reported.

The officers repeatedly asked Headley to leave the facility, “but she insisted on getting service” before she would go outside, according to an incident report.

“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 report read.

Cell phone footage 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.

“As the NYPD officers were picking her up she began to flare up her arms. While resisting she put the baby between her legs in a tight grip. NYPD officers tried to get the baby off her but she was putting up a fight,” the report read.

Headley then kicked one of the security officers in the shoulder, and bit a second security officer on her left arm, the New York Post reported.

The officer who was bitten was subsequently transported to Methodist Hospital for treatment.

“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.

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.

“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.”

Then-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.

In the months that followed, 22 HRA security officers either resigned or were fired, The New York Times reported.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez later said he dismissed all charges against 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.

Despite the fact that the charges were dropped and her public assistance benefits were restored, Headley pushed for more by filing a federal lawsuit against the city.

“By the end of the day, Ms. Headley had been humiliated, assaulted, physically injured, threatened with a Taser, brutally separated from her son, handcuffed, arrested, and jailed — all by employees of the City of New York,” the lawsuit read, according to The New York Times.

On Dec. 13, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office confirmed that the city has agreed to fork over $625,000 to Headley to settle the suit, The New York Times reported.

“Ms. Headley came to the city seeking help, and we failed to treat her with the dignity and respect she deserved,” de Blasio’s spokesperson Olivia Lapeyrolerie, said in a statement. “While this injustice should have never happened, it forced a reckoning with how we treat our most vulnerable.”

De Blasio also issued a public apology to Headley days after she assaulted the security officers.

“I want to apologize to her on behalf of all 8.6 million New Yorkers,” the mayor said, according to The New York Times. “What happened to Jazmine Headley and her son Damone should never have happened, should never happen to anybody.”

“It’s unbelievable to me that people who have the title ‘peace officer’ would do this to a woman and her baby,” he added. “I believe that by the time the NYPD arrived the situation was already out of hand and should not have been.”

New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said that the NYPD officers were in a no-win situation from the moment they responded to the brawl.

"These police officers were put in an impossible situation,” Lynch told ABC News. “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.”

"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.

Headley’s attorney, Katie Rosenfeld, said that Headley was simply standing up for “young women of color,” The New York Times reported.

“From Day 1, Ms. Headley insisted that this incident was not just about her, but about the dignity of every young woman of color raising her family with immense love and hard work, in a difficult world,” Rosenfeld declared.

Since the incident, the city has implemented mandatory de-escalation training for HRA security officers and is requiring them to wear bodycams.

“The steps that we said we would take that would mitigate the horrible things that happened to Ms. Headley have been taken,” City Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks told The New York Times on Friday.

Comments (102)
IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Oh look, another ghetto lottery winner...

This is what happens when the DA fails to do their job and enforce the laws and the mayor is happy to write checks (that don't come out of his pocket) to people in hopes that they end up voting for him in the next election, instead of backing the men and women in law enforcement.

newflash: while the NYPD and security did fail to diffuse the situation, it was this person who caused and escalated the entire situation.

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gfc1963
gfc1963

This stupid cunt caused all the trouble that came to her, and she got paid for it by a stupid mayor! Ansd she played the crowd by getting her baby out when she knew the cops were coming! Fuck her.

Fire0462
Fire0462

She will be found dead of an overdose, or robbery. And the killers will get what she has left of her money, (due to a poor life of crime and drugs)way to go NYC..your as dumb as your criminals.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

That fcking bitch. Why the fck do I keep clicking on this sht, this makes me sick.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Another piece of shit getting paid for bullshit reasons. She used her baby as a shield. Where’s child protective services now!

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Security Officer should take her to court for assault

OscarLundin
OscarLundin

Just another day in the shithole they call NYC.

JBoH
JBoH

Ain't justice grand!

Texaslawman
Texaslawman

The guard should sue her for biting him. All the guards should walk out, as well as NYPD. Let Deblousio protect the city.

dimka171
dimka171

Wow wow wow what is happening!!! 🤦‍♂️

kndi
kndi

Another college bound, choir girl. What woman with any dignity would sit on a filthy floor waiting for her welfare benefits and sue for the right of women of color. Give your ill gotten gains to a black womans group if that's what you sued for!

Samval
Samval

Wow! She should be getting charged for Child Endangerment. Nobody put her Child in that situation but herself....

Proleoandlaw
Proleoandlaw

It's a way of life now. Why work when you can be scum & get paid for it. These lawsuits keep being paid so that's what these lowlifes keep doing. Stop paying them for criminal behavior.

maxx1676
maxx1676

They say racism is learned, and that is true. As a child I would never think of being racist to any minority. But as I matured and saw the violence of blacks against innocent people who had nothing to do with whatever blacks picked as a trigger. Now I just don't have any use for them. I do not want to live near them...and do not want to associate with them.
It's a part of their "culture". Loud, brash behavior totally lacking in self- control...In a word,,,, "uncivilized".
Acknowledging the problem often results in being called racist.... "for pointing out reality".

John Q Citizen
John Q Citizen

"Ms. Headley came to the city seeking help,.." - you mean her free money.

DMartel
DMartel

Will they deduct the cost of her benefits from her award?

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Ghetto lottery winner. She’ll be bankrupt within 12 months.

JohDia22
JohDia22

They need to put giant electric fences around NY and California to keep those libturds in their shitty states! Fuck those shit hole states and everyone in them!

CAOmbudsman
CAOmbudsman

Crime is a black entitlement and interference with it is a violation of a right subject to monetary damages.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Whoever said "Crime does not pay" hasn't been to New York lately.

whatalways3parts1
whatalways3parts1

Sickening!!!

"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: (BS)

(she made the choice to be a "A##" !!)

she and her baby have been traumatized,

(she caused the trauma to her Baby)p.o.s. Role Model

(yea, right she's role modeling for women of Color)

she was jailed on an unrelated warrant ( her choice)

and may face additional collateral consequences,"

Gonzalez explained.“Ms. Headley came to the city seeking help, and we failed to treat her with the dignity and respect she deserved,”

(She failed to treat HRA , with dignity n respect!!!)

de Blasio’s spokesperson Olivia Lapeyrolerie, said in a statement.

“While this injustice should have never happened, it forced a reckoning with how we treat our most vulnerable.”

(vulnerable> her Baby)

(While HER injustice (Behavior) should have Never Happened, it forced a reckoning for the city to shut her up for $625,000 )

WOW, WOW UNF***ING BELIEVABLE!!!

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Liberal A-holes of New York brought this own themselves by bowing to the 13% for do long. Dems need their votes so they give them everything and never hold them responsible for themselves. Just pathetic.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Human Resources Administration (HRA) office Nice euphemism for WELFARE OFFICE. Call it what it is.

Backing Blue
Backing Blue

The officer should sue her for the exact amount she got from the city this is bullshit tired of these lowlife people getting these payouts from cities

Mighty_Mouse04
Mighty_Mouse04

This is absolutely horrid that she gets paid for her stupidity. What’s worse is that you have the DA and mayor basically condoning her actions. Unfortunately, it is less expensive for the city to just pay her off than to fight a law suit. They don’t care about the integrity of the suit, they just see that it will cost more than just settling. And from what I read in New York State, her settlement is taxable if the suit was based off emotional distress and not physical injury. So hopefully she will lose her benefits for the year because she has 600k in taxable income.

LEO0301
LEO0301

It's pathetic how the mayor would blame the police for the out of control behavior displayed by this woman. Yes mayor deBlowme, they are peace officers and that's exactly what they were doing when they arrested this cretin, keeping the peace. The only alternative was to do nothing but then you would criticize the officers for doing that. For the DA to drop charges led to this payout. She didn't deserve a dime and in fact should be paying for the costs incurred as a result of her behavior.

MKD23
MKD23

FU DeBozio! Stop pandering to these uncivilized beings and putting the NYPD at risk!

The express
The express

The ghetto lottery is alive and well.

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

Common gutter rat.

Caddis
Caddis

This will only encourage more non productive people to play the ghetto lottery.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?? Really? She breaks the law, has warrants, assaults officers while using her baby as a shield and she gets a payout on top of her "benefits" (free shit) provided by tax payers because her sorry hoodrat ass decided to be a single mother!!! Smdh

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another hoodrat playing the ghetto lottery. These people that do this should definitely not be rewards for bad behavior. Makes no sense!👎

colonelorville
colonelorville

HOPELESS!

BGats
BGats

Dignity and respect she deserves? Wtf?! What about her displaying dignity and respect when shes holding her child as a human shield? F-ing human garbage and hopefully that cash runs her in the ground.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Liberals at work..sickening

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Another case of Progressives rewarding a New Yorker of Color who was looking for more free shit. Bet she is still in line looking for free shit while her homie waits out front in the Escalade with the spinners. Just sayin.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

once again why were the charges dropped? and why did the city pay out such a large settlement? oh that's right! the piggys fucked up!!! instead of deescalating the situation, they did the complete opposite! and once again NO ACCOUNTABILITY!

Charlie$
Charlie$

The officers should sue the city and say that their rights were violated and should be protected just like any other employee. Also sue Headley for damages from the assault and battery since she now has money

bryanpratz
bryanpratz

She should be sued.what the hell is this bull shit ghetto lottery she started it.

pixiepup
pixiepup

So she was given money for bad behavior! This is why the people act the way they do in New York!

John Q Public
John Q Public

This type of pandering to criminals is appalling and law enforcement needs to get more involved in electing prosecutors with common sense.

Wish505
Wish505

Stupid cornerstone DA who is lacking in the ability to serve he office and the people.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

This woman is NOT Rosa Parks and certainly didn’t deserve this money for HER poor behavior which led to the events that followed.

Standing up for women of color my ass! She was just doing what she could to play the race card in hopes of winning the ghetto lottery as so many “people of color” do rather than get a real job

Bud
Bud

This just goes to show how sick and perverted this country is, with New York at the top.

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

Diblasio's liberal utopia and sanctuary shithole, Little Andy Cuomo's bail and criminal justice reform and B Hussein Obama's legacy the emboldened thugs and the war on cops gives NY Shitty the win for shithole trifecta. 

When liberals rule criminals drool.
You show me a crime infested shit hole and I'll show you the Democrats in charge.

Thank a Democrat from the #PARTYOFCRIME

Democrats have morphed into the trade union for America's malignancies.  Thugs, criminals, MS13, dishonest attorneys, fake news personalities, radicals, illegals, and anything else that runs counter to our constitution, norms, laws, or sovereignty is a welcome vote to Democrats.

Cindyrella
Cindyrella

IF she had been at work, this would have never happened. Prayers for her baby having a mother like that !

Zappa68
Zappa68

Deblasio is horrible. A disgrace. A disgusting human being.

Bigdawg51076
Bigdawg51076

Ok this shit makes me ill. I've always wanted to visit NY but because of this and it becoming a sanctuary state, i refuse to go. It's getting run into the ground and it needs to stop.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Absolutely amazing only in New York right how goddamn stupid are you people to allow this shit to keep happening there’s no way this woman should be getting any money she should be in jail for child should be taken away because clearly she use that child as a human shield she don’t care about their child it’s all about the money payout are you ignorant people continue to allow this to happen

Lochemet
Lochemet

That "woman" should have her child taken away from her. Using him as a human shield, and she calls herself a "mother"? She's not a mother, she's a barbarian. And she is using the color of her skin as her defense. Everything that took place at that social services office, that "woman" brought on herself. The security officers just doing their job. The "woman" was asked to move because she was blocking the area, and she gets belligerent? And in the end she's get rewarded big time for making a huge scene and putting her own child through trauma?? Disgusting!