Mayor de Blasio Apologizes to Mother Who Had Baby Taken

Mayor Bill de Blasio is criticizing peace officers who are seen on video taking a baby away from its mother in Brooklyn.

“It was deeply troubling.  It was 100 percent unacceptable.  What happened to Jazmine Headley and her son Damone should never have happened,” de Blasio said.

Headley was taken into custody for sitting on the floor of a social services office.  The mayor called it “deeply, deeply troubling.”

“It’s unbelievable to me that people who had the title ‘peace officer’ would do this to a woman and her baby.  We will not allow this to happen in New York City.  I want to be crystal clear.  This happened in a public benefits center.  It should never have happened.  It will not happen again,” de Blasio said.

The two officers involved have been placed on modified duty while an investigation continues.  The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office also dropped the charges against Headley.

“We will get to the bottom of exactly what happened and we will put in place specific changes to make sure this does not happen again.  I’ve been involved on social service issues for decades, never saw anything like this in my whole life – never want to see it again,” de Blasio said.

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