The woman captured on video clinging to her child as officers tried to rip her baby from her arms was finally released from Rikers Island on Tuesday night.

The Brooklyn district attorney says charges have been dropped against the mother who was seen on video having her baby ripped from her arms while officers tried to arrest her.

Saying it was clear that "this incident should have been handled differently," Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez says the case against Jazmine Headley has been dismissed.


The incident happened at a social services center located at 275 Bergen Street in Boerum Hill on Friday.

Advocates say Headley was there because her child care benefits had been cut off. 

According to the public defender service representing her, Headley sat down on the floor after not being able to get a seat for four hours.

She was asked to leave by HRA officers but refused. 

Police were called when Headley refused a security guards order to leave.

The woman ended up lying face-up on the floor during a tug of war over her 18-month-old son.

"You're hurting my son!" Headley screamed as she was forcibly arrested and her child grabbed from her arms.

In the video, other clients were seen shouting at the officers. At one point, an officer can be seen pulling her stun gun and pointing it at people in the angry crowd.

Two peace officers were placed on modified duty in connection with the incident, and more action could come. City Council members were also scheduled to hold a rally in connection with the incident.

In a Twitter post, the mayor says he spoke with the DA's office about dropping the charges earlier in the day.


"She should be reunited with her son as soon as possible," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.