New York City police are investigating an incident in which officers grabbed a baby from a mother during an arrest in Brooklyn, the BBC has reported.
The matter has sparked public outrage since a video was posted on social media.
According to the BBC, the video, shared on Facebook on Friday, shows police dragging 23-year-old Jazmine Headley across a floor as she yells: “They’re hurting my son.”
According to the police, the woman was arrested for refusing to leave a social services centre.
City public officials have condemned the actions and demanded answers from the police department.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed that the department and Human Resources Administration (HRA) police have opened a review into the incident, in a statement emailed to the BBC.
NYPD said the footage was “troubling” and the review will “include examination of all available video of the incident”.
The incident began on Friday at an HRA office in Brooklyn, where residents can apply for public assistance services like food stamps.
Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, told reporters on Monday that Ms Headley had been waiting at the office for four hours to sort out daycare for her son.
Ms Headley took a seat on the floor with her baby as there were no chairs, Ms Schreibersdorf said. A security guard asked her to move but there was nowhere to go.
The two broke into a row and the guard called the cops.
The NYPD officers on scene also asked Ms Headley to leave “numerous times”, the police statement said.
When she refused again, HRA peace officers dragged her to the floor as police attempted to arrest her.
An officer then points what appears to be a taser at Ms Headley as she says, “I’m begging you.”
Eventually, the 23-year-old mother is escorted out by by several officers. No officers were injured in the incident.