Charges dropped against a woman who wouldn’t stand up

All the charges have been dropped against Jazmine Headley, the woman who waited for nearly four hours to renew daycare vouchers in a New York City agency office that didn’t have enough chairs.

That’s an unsatisfying end to an outrageous event in which Ferguson was, basically, assaulted by police officers. Her crime? She was sitting on the floor.

So I’m At 275 Bergen Street Handling My Business Or Whatever & There Wasn’t Any More Chairs For This Lady To Sit Down So She Sat In The Corner On The Floor. The Security Guard Came Over Said What Ever She Said To Her & She Made The Security Guard Feel Dumb So She Called The Cops On Her & This Was The Outcome SMH Mind You She Had Her Baby In Her Hands The Whole Time🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ I'm So Fucking Disgusted with The NYPD😡😡 EVRYBODY PLEASE SHARE!!! I’m a mother myself & I would’ve lost my fucking mind if this was me they would've had to kill me🤬🤬🤬🤬

Posted by Monae Sinclair on Friday, December 7, 2018

“The security guard, I guess she came over and told her she couldn’t sit there,” witness Nyashia Ferson, who took the video, told CBS. “So she’s like, ‘Where am I going to sit?’ She was like, ‘I guess you’re going to just have to stand.’ She said, ‘Well, I’m not going to stand with my son. She was like, ‘What is the crime? What did I do wrong?’ And then it just escalated.”

This is the burden of poverty: Four-hour waits for daycare vouchers so you can keep your job. No sitting.

Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, dropped all the charges today.

She remained jailed on Tuesday afternoon on a warrant after she missed a New Jersey court appearance on a misdemeanor charge, the New York Times reported.

  • RBHolb

    Good for Mr. Gonzalez, but I don’t think “discretion is the better part of valor” is the apposite cliche to employ here.

  • John

    What was she charged with?

    • Resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, obstructing governmental administration and trespassing.

      • John

        Is there typically a defense that you can use that you were entrapped or baited into it? Seems like, based on the video, she could make that argument.

        In other words, he didn’t have a chance anyways, so why press charges? It feels like the DA is trying to look like he’s a great guy, while really, he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

        • BJ

          As with most poor facing any criminal charges, had this video not gone viral she probably would have ended up without a lawyer (perhaps a public defender, but after how long of a wait) and had her kids taken away and would have probably lost her job (if she hasn’t).

          • Kassie

            She probably has lost her job. She ended up in jail for 5 days. Maybe, because it is high profile enough, her employer doesn’t want the bad publicity. I also heard that while she was in jail, her mother had to watch the child and take off work, so hopefully she doesn’t lose her job too. What a mess!

          • BJ

            Most people can’t even imagine what it is like being poor. It’s not just the lack of ability to buy things, it’s all the little things that add up. Death by a thousand paper cuts.

            I’m sending out grants approval letters for a board I’m on today. It’s been many hours of work but by far the happiest I am on this board is seeing the replies I will get when I tell parents their kids can play soccer at a lower cost to them.

        • Laurie K.

          I do not know about New York, but in Minnesota, you have no right to resist an unlawful arrest. State v. Wick, 331 N.W.2d 769, 771 (Minn. 1978) (acknowledging that Minnesota “does not recognize defendant’s asserted right to resist an unlawful arrest”); State v. Ingram, 570 N.W.2d 173, 178 (Minn. App. 1997) (indicating where seizure is unlawful, defendant may not resort to self-help of brushing police officer out of the way and fleeing), review denied (Minn. Dec. 22, 1997).

          I agree with many commenters here, the biggest motivator in the district attorney’s decision appears to be the publication of the video. I do not know this DA, but I can tell you, there are prosecutors here in Minnesota who probably would have not only continued their pursuit of criminal charges against the woman but also would have checked into initiating a Child in Need of Protective Services case.

  • Al

    I have no words. I’ve been on the floor of many organizations and agencies with my kids. Difference? I’m white.