Being a mother is hard work, and it can be especially difficult when you’re a single mother doing everything you can to provide for your child and give them everything they need to be healthy and happy. Sometimes working a full time job just isn’t enough to get by, and we have to rely on the city to give us a lift until we can get back on our feet. But we shouldn’t have to take a beating to get a little help. The government is supposed to be there to help the citizens, not cause more problems and give them trauma that will last forever. It is a mother’s right to be able to provide for and protect her child, and no one knows this better than Jazmine Headley.
The video of police trying to pry Headley’s son out of her hands has gone viral and has raised many questions. This video is yet another sign of evidence that our police force is failing in protecting its citizens, and actually only making situations worse. So what exactly was going on? How did all of this happen?
Recently, Jazmine Headley went to a public benefits office in Brooklyn to figure out why they had suddenly stopped paying for daycare services for her one year old boy. Jazmine needed to be able to put her son in daycare so that she could work and make enough money to feed both of them.
That was all she was trying to do. The waiting room was crowded with people, and there was no room to sit down anywhere. So as a last resort, Headley sat on the floor. What was just a simple heated argument over blocking a fire escape soon turned into much more when the police arrived.
Instead of de-escalating the situation, the police got physical, first grabbing her arm. There was no attempt from the police to talk her down or ask about the issue at hand. She fell to the ground and instead of allowing her to get up, they tried to pry her son out of her hands in a forceful manner so that they could immediately arrest her.
Guards had been trying to handle the situation on their own for about 40 minutes before the police arrived, but with the immense amount of stress that Headley was under already, it’s no wonder that she was so upset in the first place.
This event must have been traumatizing for Jazmine Headley, the bystanders, and especially the baby. And as we all scroll on our social media, seeing video footage of things like this happening all the time, we are reminded of how scary the world that we live in is. The police are supposed to be the ones that we call to for help. When fighting to make enough money to provide for our families isn’t stressful enough, we then have to fight with the government, and it makes it especially difficult for those that suffer from PTSD and other mental issues.