NEW YORK – The New York city police commissioner said Friday that a more complex and “chaotic” story originated from a witness video that went viral showing a tug-of-war between a New York mother with a toddler and police yanking the boy from her.
The police said an internal review showed that Jazmine Headley had used the child as a shield to prevent the arrest on Dec. 7 at a Brooklyn social service.
According to the review — on the basis of information from witnesses and officers at the scene with the body of cameras — the 23-year-old woman was verbally abusive and bite in the arm of a security employee on the hr-Administration, which tried to remove her after she sat on the ground, blocking others. She took the child from his pram and refused to budge, swaying when approached, witnesses cited in the review said.
The Internal Affairs of the Agency said that two police officers tried to calm the situation but failed, finally the child. They remain in active service.
Witnesses later told the police that the two city security officers who first escalated the confrontation with the woman. They are on modified duty.
“This incident was chaotic and hard to watch, and clearly something went wrong,” the Commissioner of Police, James O’neill said Friday. “The NYPD has conducted a strenuous review of what happened, because the public deserves answers, and we need to take every opportunity to continuously strengthen and how the NYPD serves the people of New York City.”
In the aftermath of this incident, the commissioner said the department is looking to improve both its own procedures and the coordination with other cities.