VIDEO: Mom Uses Baby As Shield To Avoid Arrest, Then Cops Get Blamed

A New York judge now has barred Jazmine Headley from having contact with her one-year-old son.

Brooklyn, NY – The New York Police Department (NYPD) has launched an investigation into the amount of force officers utilized while arresting a mother who used her one-year-old son as a human shield (video below).

Jazmine Headley, 23, refused to leave the Boerum Hill social services office on Friday, then clutched her child in front of her and resisted arrest when police were called to the scene, the New York Post reported.

NYPD officers were forced to remove the baby from Headley’s grasp in order to place the unruly woman into custody, prompting outrage from a crowd of onlookers, cell phone footage showed.

That 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.

Headley, who was also wanted on an outstanding New Jersey arrest warrant for failing to appear in connection to credit card theft, went to the Human Resources Administration (HRA) office on Bergen Street 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.

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.

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

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

“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.

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.

“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.

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 onto modified duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said that the police department has also opened an investigation into the altercation.

"We’re trying to get as much video as we can," Commissioner O'Neill said. "We’ve got to see what led up to the incident. What were the actions of the people from HRA? What were the actions of our police officers?"

"The video, obviously, is disturbing. It's very disturbing to me," he said. "I'm a dad. I have two kids. But being a cop is a really difficult job."

Adams demanded that the charges against Headley be dropped immediately, and admonished the NYPD for how they handled the situation.

"We are better than the images we witnessed over the weekend," Adams said. "This should be a place where families come to regain their dignity and respect instead of having it ripped from them."

"Something's terribly wrong when the most well-trained police department can't resolve a dispute with a mother and child without looking like the president's southern border strategy. We must do better," he railed.

Schreibersdorf and Adams said the entire incident could have been avoided if HRA would have provided Headley with a chair.

"When people come to this office, they are here because they are in crisis," Schreibersdorf added. "Instead, they escalated the situation by bringing the police department in."

According to a Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office spokesperson, the office plans to drop the charges against Headley, ABC News reported.

The prosecutor’s office is also trying to “expedite” Headley’s release from Riker’s Island by asking New Jersey officials to address the warrant she is being held on from their jurisdiction.

You can watch cell phone footage of the altercation in the video below:

Comments (34)
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LEO030
LEO030

So the video doesn't show much in my opinion. Just a view of a lot of backsides. Of course you can always expect the unruly common denominator to turn into the victim in these cases. That's the way society works nowadays. It's sad that the officers, who were put into an impossible situation, are now on the hot seat for doing their jobs. What a world we now live in.

Jheinz
Jheinz

The lady is the one who caused the trouble. You are acting ridiculously by caving to the pressures of Schreibersdorf and Adams. Please stand your ground for the people 👊🏻

shooter
shooter

Another FINE upstanding member of society... ;-)

JBo
JBo

“She’s got her f--kin' baby in her hands!”

Classy.

DixieBlue
DixieBlue

If they were so worried about the baby to begin with, why didn't someone else give up their chair so she didn't have to sit on the floor? Instead of blaming the police for the situation escalating, people fail to see what the simplest answer would have been.

Katarina
Katarina

The woman initiated the incident with her unnecessary drama. Now they want to reward her by dropping all charges and blaming police? Dropping charges on these infantile tantrums only encourages more. She could have used the money she spent on her hair-do for food for a month. The benefits she was collecting should be going to people who are actually in need of them. Selfish, disgusting play on her part.

Rita M
Rita M

I see no reason that this woman isn't kept in jail. These officers were doing a job they had to do and she kept resisting.

chattycathy
chattycathy

what a classy group of folks - smdh! If she gets a 'get out of jail free card', then STOP calling the PD!

Sherry1969
Sherry1969

These welfare mooches are always starting 💩to get attention. In the first place , if the security was having a problem with this woman, it tells me SHE is the problem. Bunch of low IQ people shouting causing this to be more of a circus then what it was. Keep her in jail.

Justme1950
Justme1950

WONDER how much those hair extensions cost that WELFARE RAT ??????

BobIn704
BobIn704

I would of yanked on her weave and pulled her ass down to the floor all the way down and then snatched the kid! NEXT....

Mrs10
Mrs10

I'm so thankful that the baby was taken away and there's a restraining order against mom. What kind of mom holds her baby like a shield and rolls around the floor like a toddler?! The only good part of this story is that the baby is away from her - even if just temporarily.

And dropping the charges will only encourage her - and others - to act out during arrests, causing even more problems.

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

All of the usual suspects, all screaming like those creatures with 97% of human DNA.

Golobki
Golobki

She's the Rosa Parks of food stamps

Tinytee71
Tinytee71

When proving stereotypes to be true

tfort
tfort

The da dropped the charges against the woman. How the public stood by and allowed the NYPD do this to a baby is unbelievable. Someone should have stepped in to help this woman save her baby.

61mouse
61mouse

Talk about adding insult to injury ......why not charge her with child endangerment .....shit if publicispissed already they have nothing g to lose And she was hiding behind her baby

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

LEO030 "So the video doesn't show much in my opinion. Just a view of a lot of backsides."

....those big butt backsides (BBB) are now considered concealed weapons.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Hanthe Mayor is a piece of communist crap. The chick was being arrested period! She used her baby as a shield and a tool from getting arrested. The hood rat was resisting and putting her baby in danger. This is why the NYPD doesn’t have any support of confidence in the mayor or his office.

Blizzy8
Blizzy8

I don't trust any video that does not show the confrontation from the absolute beginning. Do we know what the mother said or did besides not moving from a hallway? was she a danger to the public, herself or officers? When asked to move, did she comply or argue / fight? No way to really tell if the officer's actions were excessive given the video. if she was combative and resisted arrest, then she deserved to go to jail. on the other hand, if she was polite, respectful, and compliant, and the officers still did this, then they should be reprimanded. Too many open questions to pass judgement on this thread.

mandib
mandib

well maybe she should have listened when told to leave she dd this to herself.. woman and men like her should act their age and if you in trouble with warrants etc.. well that on yourself...i and she is the one who endangered her own child by using child as a shield.. the police did their job but of course libtards are going to whine about it anyways...GOD BLESS ALL THE POLICE AND MILITARY.. because they have to deal with morons like this chic.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Enough with the using your skin color and children as an excuse to blame police as you being a victim of something that you could have avoided. Get a real job, get a real life that you can be proud of and stop mooching off the government that you hate so much and don’t really contribute to. “Take, take, take and l’m the victim” is a perfect example of what a lot of you are about. I’ve seen it, everyone sees it but it’s just a touchy subject that those of you seem to run with it because you think “it’s the way to do it.” Those of you ignorant people in the peanut gallery, film/video quietly, stop saying “oh my god, what are you doing!?” You idiots know damn well what SHE was doing but yet choose to make it seem as the police is doing something wrong!? Fuckin really? Needless to say that I should have to point out that you all are in a social services office? I guess you have nothing better to do. It isn’t prejudice if it’s true. You people should change your ways to prove me wrong. Until then, just mind your own business. You could have been one more person ahead in the line since she got out of it!

Woobie46
Woobie46

noticed she's able to provide herself with professional hair services...wish I could see what she's wearing BUT cannot afford to put the one year old in a place and demands NY citizens pay for that? uh-uh, no.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

chimpin out yet again.......

Stanracer
Stanracer

Once again....all she had to do is comply. But why do that when you can join the ghetto lottery and get "more" free money?👎

chiefd
chiefd

Looking for benefits but have a phone costing hundreds of dollars. About right. Obama phones.