A judge on Tuesday ordered Jazmine Headley, the mom whose baby boy was ripped from her arms by NYPD cops in a Brooklyn benefits center, released from Rikers Island.
“It’s the right thing to do, so she will be released forthwith,” ruled Judge Craig Walker in an emergency afternoon hearing at Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Headley, 23, was arrested Friday following a dispute with security officers over seating in a Boerum Hill social services center.
In a chaotic scene caught on video, police called by the security officers yanked Headley’s 1-year-old son from the screaming mom’s arms.
Brooklyn prosecutors didn’t set bail, but Headley was being held on Rikers Island due to an outstanding warrant stemming from a New Jersey credit card fraud case.
The Brooklyn DA’s Office on Tuesday dropped their case altogether, and an emergency hearing was scheduled to smooth over the warrant situation to allow Headley to go home to her son.
Headley, who was not in the courtroom but represented by Brooklyn Defender Services, was ordered released from Rikers immediately, on the condition that she go to New Jersey court on Wednesday to clear up her outstanding warrant.
“I thank both parties for coming to a very quick and amicable resolution to this matter, as both parties have pointed out this was a very almost horrific scene that was broadcast all over the US and probably to parts of the world at this point,” said Walker, in releasing Headley without bail.
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