NEW YORK CITY- If you are a criminal and you want to get away with it, there are not too many better places than New York City. You also get paid as well.
Who says “crime doesn’t pay?”
Last December 7, Jazmine Headley was seen in a viral video using her one-year-old son as a human shield while she was being arrested for an incident at the Human Resources Administration office in New York. During the encounter which was videotaped by a bystander, the child was removed from her arms.
According to WPIX, Headley’s benefits were shut off unexpectedly, and she had to bring the child because she couldn’t find adequate childcare. This was according to borough President Eric Adams, who interjected himself into the incident.
For his part, Adams insisted that charges be dropped against Headley and, true to political form, compared her plight to “families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.”
Police officers were called on Headley after she refused to leave the office, despite requests from Human Resources Administration peace officer, police said.
She “was then informed by police numerous times to leave the location, and she refused.”
Officers forcibly removed the child, and handcuffed her, the video showed.
Headley had claimed that there were no open seats in the office which is why she sat in the middle of the floor, however witness statements from two Human Resources Administration security officers contradicted that statement.
They said that Headley intentionally escalated the incident by refusing to comply with commands when she was asked to clear the area she was sitting in. There were open seats in the office the reports said.
The two officers, Toyin Ramos-Williams and Betinna Barnett-Weekes were each suspended 30 days without pay as a result of the incident.
Of course then, the politicians piled on.
Anti-police mayor of New York Bill de Blasio placed blame on the two HRA peace officers even before the investigation had been completed.
“These courageous peace officers were suspended because Mayor de Blasio cannot manage New York City or a crisis,” said Greg Floyd.
He’s the president of Teamsters Local 237, the union that represents the officers.
“Instead of waiting for an investigation to conclude, he has decided to use these two peace officers as scapegoats. They are heroes and deserve our gratitude and an official apology from Mayor de Blasio.”
During the struggle, Headley kicked an HRA peace officer supervisor in the shoulder and bit a peace officer on the arm. The peace officer was transported to Methodist Hospital and treated for the bite wound.
At some point during the incident, officer statements say that she removed the child from a stroller and used him as a shield from getting arrested.
More politicians chimed in.
“This is unacceptable, appalling and heart breaking. I’d like to understand what transpired and how these officers or the NYPD justifies this,” City Council Speaker Cory Johnson said in a tweet.
Public Advocate Leticia James stated in a Facebook post that the officers’ actions are “appalling and contemptible.”
“Being poor is not a crime…No mother should have to experience the trauma and humiliation we all witnessed in this video,” she said.
For his part, Adams said:
“If it’s wrong in Mexico, then it’s wrong in New York City. Clearly our police department, the most well-trained police department in the country, should be able to deescalate a situation with a baby and the mother without duplicating Trump security removal of children.”
It is unknown if Adams had the same issues under the Obama administration.
Headley had been charged with resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, obstructing governmental administration and criminal trespass.
Also, this mother of the year had an outstanding arrest warrant from New Jersey Superior Court from July 2017 for failure to appear in relation to credit card fraud, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s office.
In that case, Headley and two other people were accused of making or using a dozen credit cards printed with numbers and names that didn’t match their magnetic strips, and having a driver’s license that didn’t belong to them.
Four days later, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez dismissed all of the New York charges against Headley “in the interest of justice.”
Gonzalez said he was “horrified by the violence depicted in the video.” He said the situation should have been handled differently.
“The consequences this young and desperate mother has already suffered as a result of this arrest far outweigh any conduct that may have let to it: she and her baby have been traumatized, she was jailed on an unrelated warrant and may face additional collateral consequences,” Gonzalez said in a statement.
The Brooklyn Defender Services office had motioned Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Craig Walker to dismiss all the charges and release her from jail. They also set up a “GoFundMe” page to help her “get back on her feet.”
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Not happy with the dismissal of the New York charges, the group also asked the Mercer County District Attorney in New Jersey “to IMMEDIATELY dismiss these charges. Jazmine has been through so much.” Perhaps ask is too kind a word…more like demanded.
True to form in the liberal land of New Jersey, the Mercer County DA was more than happy to dismiss all charges against her if she paid a $1000 fine and agreed to community service. Since her GoFundMe page had raised over $32,000 she likely did not have a problem paying the fine.
After today (Monday), Headley will have even less to be worried about financially.
New York City has agreed to pay her $625,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Headley against the city, alleging “trauma and humiliation” and seeking unspecified damages.
In February, she testified before the city council, which gave her a public apology and then passed legislation “aimed at improving how people are treated at benefits offices” and making the system “more transparent.”
Her attorneys said in a statement:
“Through her intelligence, bravery and grace, Jazmine Headley turned the worst ordeal of her life—and any parents—into an opportunity for change for the entire city.”
No word was given on anyone on the city council defending the officers who Headley assaulted last December or inquiring on how they were doing. Such is the life of being a law enforcement official in the de Blasio era in New York City.
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