NYC Will Pay Brooklyn Woman $625K After Police Ripped Son Out Of Her Hand

NYC Will Pay Brooklyn Woman $625K After Police Ripped Son Out Of Her Hands

New York City will have to cough up $625,000 to resolve a 2018 lawsuit filed by a mother whose toddler was yanked from her arms by the police!ADVERTISING

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Jazmine Headley sued the city for unspecified damages following trauma and humiliation over the December 2018 incident at a Brooklyn benefits office, which was caught all on video. In the viral footage, police officers are seen pulling Headley’s 18-month-old son away from her as they responded to a call about a dispute with a security guard. The 24-year-old was arrested and spent four days in jail before Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez dropped charges of obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child and trespassing.

Gonzalez said he was actually “horrified by the violence depicted in the video” and said the situation shouldn’t have been handled that way. In addition to Headley’s pain, the lawsuit alleged that her child also suffered physical, mental along with other injuries. Headley’s also pointed out the unfortunate reality that her name and image would forever be associated with that “traumatic and violent experience.”

The two guards who confronted Headley were suspended for 30 days with no pay. But justice was not served for Headley until just recently when Bill de Blasio’s office announced Friday that the city would pay $625,000 to settle the lawsuit. And, according to the Times, her daycare benefits have been restored.

“Through her intelligence, bravery, and grace, Jazmine Headley turned the worst ordeal of her life — and of any parent’s — into an opportunity for change for the entire city,” Headley’s attorneys, Katherine Rosenfeld and Emma Freeman, said in a statement.
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