The nation is rallying behind Jazmine Headley, the Brooklyn mother who had her 1-year-old son snatched away from her by police as she was arrested at a food assistance center in Boerum Hill. A GoFundMe set up by Brooklyn Defender Services, who are assisting Headley, has raised more than $30,000 in 23 hours, exceeding its $25,000 goal. The money used will help Headley “pay for child care and other expenses, allowing her to get back to the job and life that is waiting for her,” the campaign reads. Headley was released from Rikers Island on Tuesday night after spending five nights in custody. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez declined to prosecute her, saying that he was “horrified by the violence depicted in the video.” On Tuesday, Scott Hechinger, Director of Policy at Brooklyn Defender Services tweeted out the court proceedings preceding Headley’s release, noting that the judge called the incident a “horrific scene.” “I’m just so grateful to everyone and I’m just happy to be free and I just need to see my boy,” Headley said after her release from Rikers Island, according to CBS News. Headley appeared in court on Wednesday regarding a warrant in an unrelated credit card fraud case in New Jersey. The case was dismissed, according to Hechinger. Earlier this week, footage of Headley having her son, Damone, violently ripped from her arms by police officers at a Human Resources Administration office, caused outrage across the world. According to eyewitnesses, Headley was seated on the floor because she couldn’t find a seat in the crowded office. A security guard at the office called the police, claiming Headley was being “disorderly” and blocking the hallway.

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 Monae Sinclair on Friday, December 7, 2018
The “peace” officers involved in the incident have been placed on modified duty. Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks released a statement on Monday saying he was “deeply troubled” by the altercation, noting that social services offices should be “safe havens for New Yorkers needing to access benefits to improve their lives.” Banks said that he would move to retrain staff, security guards and peace officers on de-escalation methods.


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