Family defends peace officer involved in ‘baby snatching’ incident
A peace officer suspended for her handling of a Brooklyn mom who got into a tug-of-war with cops over her young son inside a social services office tearfully defended herself, a loved one said.
Tonyin Ramos-Williams has been broken up about the Dec. 7 incident with mom Jazmine Headley, her ex, Ray, told The Post on Saturday.
“She said, ‘Why do I have to have this [happen]? I did my best. I’ve been working for 15 years there and I have a good record, not a single write-up on my job,’ ” he said.
Ramos-Williams and fellow Human Resources Administration officer Bettina Barnett-Weeks were put on leave for 30 days after the encounter with Headley went viral.
The mom had claimed she was at a SNAP center in Boerum Hill for four hours with her baby when she sat on the floor, prompting Ramos-Williams and Barnett-Weeks to eventually call the NYPD.
Video of Headley clinging to her 17-month-old son as cops tried to take him from her drew condemnation — but only the peace officers have been punished so far.
The pair called the NYPD after Headley allegedly delivered a bruising kick to Ramos-Williams’ shoulder, bit both guards and used the baby as a shield to keep from getting arrested, the officers claimed.
“They called police because they were worried about the mob attacking them,” Ray said. “They can’t do anything. They asked the client to leave and the client refused to go so they were about to arrest her but the mob was coming to attack them.”
Ray said Ramos-Williams is staying with relatives to “cool off.”
HRA Commissioner Steve Banks on Friday called what happened to the 23-year-old Headley “completely unacceptable.”
But Ray says Headley was wrong to resist.
“If she had obeyed the police’s order all this would not have happened,” he said.
And the cops didn’t get in trouble only because of their “strong union,” Ray went on.
“The police were the one ones that actually did something,” he said. “Nothing happened to them.”
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