The chaotic, two-minute video shows police wrestling with Jazmine Headley as people scream in the background.

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Charges dropped against Brooklyn woman in viral arrest video

December 11, 2018 - 12:23 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS— Charges against a woman who became the subject of a viral arrest video have been dropped.

The video shows two cops trying to pry a baby from Jazmine Headley, the woman they were attempting to place under arrest. Two peace officers from the city Human Resources Administration have been on modified duty as a result of the video.

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez announced that he had moved to dismiss the charges on Tuesday morning.

"Continuing to pursue this case will not serve any purpose and I therefore moved today to dismiss it immediately in the interest of justice. Discretion is the better part of valor and we must be thoughtful and compassionate in evaluating the merit of our cases – a central goal of my Justice 2020 Initiative," he said in a statement.

Gonzalez added that he was "horrified by the violence depicted in the video."

Police Commissioner James O'Neill tweeted that he found the video disturbing, and said the department will be reviewing that video, as well as footage from the officers' body cams.

Nyasia Ferguson is the woman who took the video. She said Headley and her son were not blocking any doors or passageways.

"She called five other security guards, all harassing her, bothering her," Ferguson said. "Everyone...was like, 'leave the girl alone, she's not bothering anyone, just sitting there like all day.' They kept harassing her."

Headley's mother Jacqueline Jenkins was outraged by the arrest.

"I was devastated to see something like that happen to my daughter and grandson, and how this officer yanking on my grandson to get him out of my daughter's arms," she said. "I want people fired, I really do, y'all shouldn't be working out of a facility where people every day have kids and you don't have any understanding of caring. They are there to take care of their business like everybody else."

Brooklyn Boro President Eric Adams, a former cop, said the woman had been waiting for hours to get help at the HRA office in Boerum Hill, and was ordered to stop sitting on the floor, even though there were no seats. He said it's clear that procedures need to change.

"What can we do to ensure that someone is not waiting for a 4 hour period, and then look at clear procedures on when do we call the police," he said.

Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks said he was 'deeply troubled by the incident.'

"HRA centers must be safe havens for New Yorkers needing to access benefits to improve their lives. I am deeply troubled by the incident and a thorough review was launched over the weekend to get to the bottom of what happened. I am reinforcing efforts to train officers and staff to better defuse situations before the NYPD is called for assistance and directing refresher de-escalation trainings for HRA Peace Officers and FJC security staff immediately. The HRA Peace Officers who were involved in this incident are currently on leave, and they will be placed on modified duty when they return to work pending our investigation of what happened," he said in a statement.

Several groups were planning to rally for Headley, outside of the Human Resources Administration offices on Tuesday afternoon.