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BDS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON THE DISMISSAL OF CHARGES AGAINST JAZMINE HEADLEY

December 11, 2018

Contact: Daniel Ball

(347) 592-2579

dball@bds.org

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(Brooklyn, NY) – Lisa Schreibersdorf, Executive Director and Founder of Brooklyn Defender Services, issued the following statement on the Dismissal of Charges against Jazmine Headley:

“The charges against Jazmine Headley relating to the violent arrest she suffered at an HRA office in Brooklyn have been dismissed. We are filing a special application to ask the judge to release her on the New Jersey matter today. If the judge does not grant this application, she is scheduled to be transferred to New Jersey tomorrow.

Ms. Headley is still detained at Rikers, for the fifth day away from her infant son. Brooklyn Defender Services has been frequently visiting her and speaking with her on the phone, and she is staying strong. We are keeping her updated on the public attention her case has received and she is heartened by the outcry and support.

I hope District Attorney Eric Gonzalez analyzes his office’s procedures do that cases like Jazmine’s are not prosecuted in the future.”

About Brooklyn Defender Services

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is a non-profit public defense office in Brooklyn, New York. BDS provides multi-disciplinary and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, immigration and other civil legal services, and social work support to over 30,000 indigent Brooklyn residents every year.

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BDS STATEMENT REGARDING THE VIOLENT MISTREATMENT OF OUR CLIENT JAZMINE HEADLEY AT A SNAP OFFICE IN BROOKLYN

(Brooklyn, NY) – Lisa Schreibersdorf, Executive Director and Founder of Brooklyn Defender Services, issued the following statement regarding the violent mistreatment of our client Jazmine Headley at a SNAP office in Brooklyn:

“We are appalled by the abuse that our client Ms. Headley and her 1 year-old son suffered at the hands of the NYPD, and we question why police were ever involved. In our experience, people are often treated abysmally when seeking support from many of the city bureaucracies that are supposed to be helping them. While their experiences are not always caught on video, they tell us about their struggles – from randomly terminated benefits to hours-long wait times and hostile security staff. We appreciate elected officials’ calls for investigations of the response by NYPD and the actions of HRA security staff. A social services agency whose mission is to provide critical support for vulnerable New Yorkers must treat all people with dignity and compassion, and should not call the police for this type of matter. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office should immediately dismiss the charges. Further, ACS should respect the family and ensure their immediate reunification.”

 

About Brooklyn Defender Services

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is a non-profit public defense office in Brooklyn, New York. BDS provides multi-disciplinary and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, immigration and other civil legal services, and social work support to over 30,000 indigent Brooklyn residents every year.