Jazmine Headley, the New York City mother violently arrested after her 1-year-old son was snatched from her arms, has been freed from jail.
CBS News reports the 23-year-old mom was released from Riker's Island Tuesday.
"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.
"This never should’ve happened,” Headley's mother, Jacquelin Jenkins, told CBS New York. “Devastating, just devastating. The images continue in your head.”
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez dropped all charges against Headley, arguing that pursuing charges would "not serve any purpose." Gonzalez added he was "horrified by the violence depicted in the video."
The video in question showed Headley's arrest at a New York City public assistance office, as Blavity reported. According to NJ.com, the mother was at the office to renew daycare vouchers for her son.
Nyashia Ferguson witnessed the violent arrest, which saw Headley's son forcefully taken from her by authorities, and told CBS News the police encounter began with a misunderstanding. Headley, following a prolonged wait, was looking for a place to rest with her son when she got into a dispute with a Human Resources Administration (HRA) employee, according to Ferguson.
"The security guard, I guess she came over and told [Headley] she couldn't sit there," Ferguson said. "So she's like, 'Where am I going to sit?' [The guard] was like, 'I guess you're going to just have to stand.' She said, 'Well, I'm not going to stand with my son.' [Headley] was like, 'What is the crime? What did I do wrong?' And then it just escalated."
Despite Booklyn's DA dropping all charges, Headley still faced an unrelated credit card fraud case and was ordered to appear in court on Wednesday to face those charges.
The mother responded to that summons and was ordered by a judge to pay $1,000 and complete community service. The officers involved in the incident at the public assistance office have been placed on modified duty.
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