In Trump’s America, it seems that safe spaces for African Americans are becoming extinct. It is unfortunate that, even within Social Service buildings, black men, women, and children can have their rights challenged, as in the case of a New York black woman and her toddler.
In a stunning report by NBC News on Sunday, a review is underway of an incident that occurred in which a group of police officers allegedly yanked a toddler from its mother’s arms while she attempted to take care of business at a social services office in Brooklyn, NY.
In the age of the internet, combined with movements to bring social injustice to light, such as “#BeingBlackWhile” (which is a popular hashtag on Twitter), a video has made its rounds on Facebook of the mother, identified as 23 year-old Jazmine Headley, laying on the ground of the office building while officers approach her and attempt to yank the toddler from her arms. At one point, an officer even appears to threaten her with a taser.
Allegedly, police were called to the social services building when Headley refused to leave. The reasons why she was asked to leave are currently being investigated, but she was charged for resisting arrest, per public record.
This recent incident is only the latest example of police interactions with black people in our communities. New York City public advocate and state attorney general-elect, Letitia James stated:
‘Being poor is not a crime. The actions of the NYPD in this video are appalling and contemptible.
‘A full investigation must be conducted immediately, and the results should be made public so there is a transparent accounting of how this horrific situation occurred.
‘All involved officers, including the assigned supervisor, should be assigned desk duty pending the investigation results. No mother should have to experience the trauma and humiliation we all witnessed in this video.’
In the video, you can see the disgusting act of police removing the child from its mother’s arms. Headley is heard repeatedly screaming ‘You’re hurting my son!’
Trump has repeatedly used language that divides our country and he is also subject to a questionably-racist past. Here is a video that only scratches the surface of these allegations:
And in this video you can see the tone that he set for the nation, which is pure and simply just vile and down-right scary:
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.