The Latest: Judges frees mom in video that sparked outrage

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a mother at a New York City social services office (all times local):

4:45 p.m.:

A judge has ordered the release of a mother jailed after she was violently separated from her toddler son by police in a videotaped encounter at a New York City social services office.

Tuesday’s order freeing Jazmine Headley came hours after Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said he was dropping all charges against her stemming from Friday’s incident.

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Headley was being held at New York City’s Rikers Island jail facility on a warrant issued in a New Jersey credit card fraud case. She’s due to appear in court Wednesday on that matter.

Headley was arrested in Brooklyn after a dispute with a guard in a crowded waiting room. Video showing officers yanking Headley’s 18-month-old son from her arms sparked criticism of the police response.

Gonzalez said he was “horrified by the violence depicted in the video.”

12:45 p.m.

Brooklyn’s district attorney has dismissed all charges against a mother who was violently separated from her toddler son by police in a videotaped encounter at a city social services office.

Jazmine Headley has been in jail since Friday, when she was arrested after a dispute with a guard in a crowded waiting room.

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said Tuesday that he was “horrified by the violence depicted in the video.” It showed officers yanking Headley’s 18-month-old son from her arms.

He said “the consequences this young and desperate mother has already suffered as a result of this arrest far outweigh any conduct that may have led to it.”

It was unclear when Headley might be released from jail. She remained held Tuesday on an unrelated warrant issued in New Jersey.

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