A viral video posted on Friday captured New York City police officers violently dragging a Black woman across the floor of a food assistance center to pull her 1-year-old baby from her arms. The shocking video, which shows the officers using excessive force in a situation that could have ben handled less violently, has city officials demanding answers.
Police arrested the mother in the video, identified as 23-year-old Jazmine Headley, for resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child and other offenses when she refused to get up from the floor and leave a government food stamp center in Brooklyn, WPIX-TV reported.
Eyewitness Monae Sinclair posted the video that was viewed more than 200,000 times by Monday morning. Sinclair explained that Headley sat on the floor because there weren’t enough chairs at the facility. A security guard called the police after arguing with Headley.
A crowd is seen in the video surrounding the police, pleading with the officer to leave Headley alone. The mother is heard saying, “They’re hurting my son. They’re hurting my son. I’m begging you.”
“Being poor is not a crime. The actions of the officers in this video are appalling & contemptible. There must be a full investigation & the results made public. No mother should have to experience the trauma & humiliation we all witnessed in this video, James Tweeted.
Sinclair found the words to express how most people felt after watching the video. “I’m so fu**ing disgusted with the NYPD. I’m a mother myself and I would’ve lost my fu**ing mind if this was me. They would’ve had to kill me,” said wrote in the caption of her Facebook video.
The video also attracted the attention of New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. He tweeted that the video is “unacceptable, appalling and heart breaking” and demanded to know how the police department “justifies” the officers’ actions.
Apparently, police officials don’t have any answers. They reportedly launched an investigation.
“Video images of the incident in the 84th precinct are troubling, and the event is under review by the NYPD and HRA Police. This review will include examination of all available video of the incident,” an NYPD statement said.
‘Troubling’ Video Shows Cops Assaulting Innocent Mother And Yanking Her Baby Away was originally published on newsone.com