Another case of alleged brutality by the NYPD has emerged.
According to WABC, 23-year-old Santiago Hernandez says he was stopped and frisked on August 18. He claims the officers said they were investigating a noise complaint.
After the search allegedly came up empty, Santiago says he asked why he had been searched. That’s when an officer allegedly handcuffed him.
“I’m like, ‘Miss what you doing? You are hurting my arm,” he told WABC.
“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?’” he continued.
Apparently six officers then arrived and piled on Hernandez.
“They was taking turns on me. One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes to punch me and he steps back. 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,” he told WABC.
Hernandez was then reportedly dragged to a police car. He was later charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, although the Bronx DA declined to prosecute him.
As noted in the report, he and his lawyers are filing a civilian complaint. And the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, this is just the latest case of alleged brutality by the NYPD.
A suspect died in July after an officer allegedly put him in a chokehold.
And an officer allegedly stomped on a suspect’s head during the same month.
Photo credit: Flickr/ADL999