NYPD strikes again!
Santiago Hernandez, 23, was stopped and frisked on August 18, in the Bronx while waiting at a doorstep to meet a friend. When the officer’s search returned nothing illegal, Hernandez claims he asked the officers why he was searched in the first place. Immediately after asking the question, a female officer began to cuff him.
The video is silent, other than a short portion captured on a cellphone by a witness, but there does not appear to be any reason why the officer should have arrested the young man.
He does not immediately put both hands behind his back, and tries to ask the officer why he is being arrested. In typical cop form, instead of answering the simple question, back up comes.
Six more officers arrive and pile on Hernandez, punching, kicking, beating him with a baton and pepper spraying him.
“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,” Hernandez told ABC7.
While you shouldn’t resist arrest, trying to calmly get an explanation hardly seems unreasonable.
Hernandez was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, but the district attorney declined to prosecute the case.
Internal affairs is now investigating the incident and Hernandez and his attorney are filing a civil complaint.
Its been a little over a year since a federal judge ruled Stop and Frisk unconstitutional. Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a platform of stopping the program, he has been in office since January.
So why are we watching a video, in August, of an obvious stop and frisk leading to brutality?
Just seven days after this incident occured, Newsweek ran an unrelated piece on the program, reporting that the only change this year has been the number of stops.
The NYPD’s 120th precinct, the same precinct that killed Eric Garner, has seen 1,375 stops in the first two quarters of 2014. Last year, the East New York precinct conducted 6,928 stops..
So far this year, 55.4 percent of those stopped in New York City were black, 30.2 percent of those stopped were Latino, and only 14.4 percent of those stopped have been white.
Why are these unconstitutional stops still happening?
For more on racial profiling and New York’s rights-violating Stop and Frisk program, check out this jaw dropping video-