Police investigating after officers tear baby from mother’s arms

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A video of NY police officers wrenching a baby from his mother's arms has sparked outrage and an investigation by the NYPD.

The video shows the mother, 23-year-old Jazmine Headley, locked in a terrifying tug of war as she tries to keep officers from taking her son from her in a Brooklyn food assistance centre.

Cops were called to the Bergen Street building Friday afternoon because Headley, fed-up over her long wait and exhausted from standing with her son for hours because no chairs were open, sat on the floor and refused a city security guard's order to get up or leave, authorities previously said. The confrontation started after police reportedly asked Headley to leave and she refused.

The same officer later pulls out a stun gun, which he points at the horrified onlookers. "What did I do wrong?' And then it just escalated".

In a Sunday statement on Facebook, State Attorney General-elect Letitia James, who now serves at New York City's public advocate, called the police officers' actions "appalling and contemptible", calling for an investigation of the incident. Headley is heard yelling in the video, cradling her son on the floor as police attempt to restrain her.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said the incident was particularly upsetting because it occurred at a location meant to connect the government to people in need.

An NYPD spokeswoman who called the video "troubling" has said that the incident is being reviewed by the NYPD and HRA police.

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"The mother didn't endanger the welfare of the child". "This review will include examination of all available video of the incident". "So she's like, 'Where am I going to sit?' She was like 'I guess you're going to just have to stand.' She said, 'Well, I'm not gonna stand with my son, '" Ferguson said.

Headley was taken into custody and "charged with resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, obstructing governmental administration and criminal trespass", WPIX reports. A spokesperson for the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office tells WABC she's being held behind bars due to an unrelated outstanding warrant in New Jersey.

Following a verbal altercation with security staff, police were called to intervene. He called the arrest "a blemish on our entire city".

"Poor people are often treated very less than, in many, many city-run agencies", she said. "Anytime our well-trained police officers can not de-escalate a situation between mother and child without looking like Border Patrol police snatching away babies and children, that says that we're not doing what we need to do correctly", Adams said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said this was a disturbing incident.

"This is unacceptable, appalling and heart breaking", City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted on Sunday. "NYPD & HRA will get to the bottom of what happened". "Something's terribly wrong when the most well-trained police department can't resolve a dispute with a mother and child without looking like [President Trump's] southern border strategy", he wrote on Twitter. She also called for the officers involved, including their assigned supervisor, to be assigned to desk duty until an investigation is complete.

The Brooklyn city councilman Steve Levin, who chairs the general welfare committee, said a witness told him Headley "was not acting erratically or in any way a risk to her child".

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