Video has emerged showing a Bronx man being beaten and kicked by half a dozen New York City police officers after asking an officer why he had been searched.
Santiago Hernandez, 23, was standing in front of a home in the Melrose section of the Bronx on August 18th when a NYPD officer, who claimed she was responding to a noise complaint, stopped and asked to frisk him.
“I turned around and put my hands up,” Hernandez said. The search turned up nothing.
Hernandez then asked the officer why he had been searched. At this point the female officer grabbed his armed and slapped a handcuff on him.
“I’m like, ‘Miss what you doing? You are hurting my arm,’ ” Hernandez said. “She just was telling me to put my hands behind my back, but ‘I’m like trying to understand what are you are arresting me for. Can you please tell me?’.”
Moments after refusing to comply to an order to put both his hands behind his back, a half-dozen uniformed officers appear and take Hernandez to the ground, punching and kicking and dragging him onto the sidewalk.
“They was taking turns on me. One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes to punch me and he steps back,” Hernandez said. “And another one comes and grabs my arm and hits me like 10 times with the baton. Another one comes and pepper sprayed me, they were taking turns like a gang.”
The video shows a subdued Hernandez then being dragged to a waiting patrol car. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, however the Bronx DA declined to prosecute the case.
Hernandez’s attorney, Jay Heinrich, said he would be filing a civil suit against the city. “Unfortunately, for young men like Santiago, I think this incident is all too common,” Heinrich said.
The NYPD says an internal investigation has been launched to review the incident. Police State Daily requests for comment were not returned.