The Brooklyn mom who got her baby ripped from her arms in a scuffle with police and security officers at a social services office earlier this month has finally broken her silence.
Jazmine Headley told The New York Times she went to the SNAP center in Boerum Hill on Dec. 7 to reapply for child care benefits after getting cut off by the city following the start of a new job.
She said she was desperate to get the paperwork done because her son’s day care had threatened to remove the boy for lack of payment.
“I should’ve left [the SNAP center], and I didn’t because if I would’ve left, my son would not have the things that he needs,” Headley explained. “My main objective was to get there, handle business and get home. In my head, I told myself they’re not going to let me leave. I was so afraid. I was combative with my thoughts.”
Headley said that, while some parts of the incident are fuzzy, she remembers “being talked to very viciously” by cops.
“It was more or less: ‘You’re going to do what I say, and that’s it,’” she recalled. “They never asked me my name. They never said, ‘Hello, who are you?’ They never asked me.”
Headley — who was arrested but later cleared of all charges — noted how there’s likely residents from all five boroughs who have gone through similar situations as hers.
“It’s the story of many other people, it’s not just my story,” she said. “My story is the only one that made it to the surface.”
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