The city has reached a $625,000 settlement with Jazmine Headley, the young mother whose baby was torn from her arms during her video-taped arrest last year at a Brooklyn benefits center.
The settlement, confirmed on Friday by the city’s Law Department, was announced just one year after cops took Headley’s then 17-month-old child from her arms at a city Human Resources Administration office in Boerum Hill after she got into a dispute with HRA security guards.
The chaotic scene, caught on viral video, began after two guards instructed Headley to stop sitting on the floor at the packed benefits office.
Headley, 24, who had been waiting at the office for four hours, maintained that there were no open seats at the office.
The scene escalated after two NYPD officers arrived — and began prying Headley’s son from his distraught mother’s arms.
Headley was initially booked on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and acting in a manner injurious to a child, but the Brooklyn District Attorney dropped the case just a few days later.
A spokeswoman Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said that the city hopes the settlement will give Headley a “degree of closure.”
“Ms. Headley came to the city seeking help, and we failed to treat her with the dignity and respect she deserved,” said spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie. “While this injustice should have never happened, it forced a reckoning with how we treat our most vulnerable and prompted us to make reforms at HRA Centers across the City.
Lawyers for Headley did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the settlement.
In the fallout from the incident — which Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks called a “nightmare scenario” — the two HRA guards who first encountered Headley were suspended without pay for 30 days.
Additionally, Banks announced earlier this year that he would require security guards to wear body cameras by the start of 2020.
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