NEW YORK – A video that shows police officers trying to get a woman to let go of her 1-year-old son as they arrest her at a Brooklyn food stamp office has sparked outrage on social media since it was posted Friday.
Police identified the woman in the video as 23-year-old Jazmine Headley.
The woman who posted the video, Nyashia Ferguson, told the New York Times that police were called after a verbal dispute with a security guard. Headley was reportedly asked to leave the office for sitting on the floor because there were no available chairs.
The video shows Headley lying on the ground with her son in her arms as four officers surround them. "They're hurting my son! They're hurting my son!" she can be heard yelling as the officers try to get her to let go of the child.
One officer, with her back to the camera, is then seen violently yanking the child several times. The same officer is seen moments later pulling out a stun gun and aiming it at the crowd of outraged onlookers.
Watch the video below [WARNING: Language, graphic content]
So I’m At 275 Bergen Street Handling My Business Or Whatever & There Wasn’t Any More Chairs For This Lady To Sit Down So She Sat In The Corner On The Floor. The Security Guard Came Over Said What Ever She Said To Her & She Made The Security Guard Feel Dumb So She Called The Cops On Her & This Was The Outcome SMH Mind You She Had Her Baby In Her Hands The Whole Time🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ I'm So Fucking Disgusted with The NYPD😡😡 EVRYBODY PLEASE SHARE!!! I’m a mother myself & I would’ve lost my fucking mind if this was me they would've had to kill me🤬🤬🤬🤬Posted by MO N AE on Friday, December 7, 2018
"I was scared," Ferguson told WNBC. "I had my little daughter with me, she's only seven months, I had her right there with me. She was pulling out taser guns. She had it in everybody's face. She had it in the lady's face, and the baby's face."
The New York Police Department said the officers were responding to a 911 call for harassment. Officers said that Headley was asked to leave numerous times, and after she refused, the security guards "brought the woman to the floor."
Headley is charged with resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, obstructing governmental administration and trespassing.
She refused medical treatment for both herself and her son, police said. A family member took custody of the child.
In a statement Sunday, the police department called the video "troubling."