Police Abuse

Another NYPD Beating Caught on Tape, Another Victim of Police Brutality Who Had to Face Charges, More Cops Investigated by Their Own

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NYPD assault
via ABC 7

Last month, nearly half a dozen police officers beat up Santiago Hernandez, according to Hernandez, who told a local ABC affiliate police asked and received permission to frisk him but got upset when he asked them after being found not to be carrying contraband what the stop was all about. That's when Hernandez says police tried to arrest him, and then beat him "like a gang." Via ABC 7:

[The officer] 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?'" Hernandez said.

Moments later, half-a-dozen officers arrived and appeared to pile-on. Hernandez said he was punched, kicked, beaten with nightsticks, and blasted with pepper spray. 

"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 said.

Hernandez was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  Luckily for him, the prosecutor appears to have "second guessed" cops and dropped the charges.

Hernandez has lawyered up and filed a civilian complaint against the NYPD. The prosecutor, however, does not appear to be investigating the possible crime. The incident happened on August 18, and was caught on tape, which you can watch within the ABC segment, which includes an interview with Hernandez as well, below:

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  1. I certainly hope the union supports the idea of an investigation.

  2. OK, FYTW, I get it. Or hell, maybe I don’t really “get it”, because it still just boggles my mind that there could be fucking video, and the prosecutor just go “Meh. Whatever.”

    It seems like the sort of thing that would be ripe for a campaign ad, if the prosecutor is an elected position. Just run an ad against him, showing the beating, and then say “Prosecutor So-and-so declined to bother to investigate.”

    Although, fuck, who knows. That might get him more votes from the Lawnorder crowd. *sigh*

    1. Yeah, the lawnorder crowd is just a mirror image of the jury watching the video of the crime, and voting to acquit because of race, class, gender, bad parenting, childhood trauma, or not having a retina scan/DNA.

      1. I have a smidgen more understanding / respect for that group, being that they are (at least nominally) reacting to a litany of abuses by those in a position of power, as opposed to supporting a litany of abuses by those in a position of power.

        Of course, we’re talking like, 5% as opposed to 0%, but, it’s still more

  3. He pissed off the police by questioning their authority, and was issued a standard beating.

    Nothing else to see here. Please move along. I said move the fuck along! Alright, that’s it! *BAM BAM BAM BAM*

    1. Yep. It’s de facto law in this country that you must always obey the lawful orders of a police law enforcement officer.

      1. The last time I questioned a police officer, he said in a very chilling tone “Because I said so.” I shut up. It was obvious that if I pushed the issue I was going to get beaten or worse.

    1. He did. Now it’s Stop and Curb Stomp.

  4. “…they were taking turns like a gang.”

    That’s because they are a gang.

  5. Compare and contrast the response to this video to the Ray Rice one.

    1. Ray Rice doesn’t fear for his life every second he is on the job.

      1. Nor do cops. Lots of jobs are more dangerous and those folks don’t self medicate with violence.

        1. Cops do too fear for their life. Every second of every minute of every hour of every day, overtime included. Just ask one. And they don’t lie, because they are sworn peace ossifers.

          1. They just want to get home safely.

            1. So did their victims.

              1. Yeah, but who cares about them? THIN BLUE LINE, MOTHERFUCKER!

    2. He had it coming for not having anything illegal on him.

      1. “You’re under arrest for wasting police time.”

        1. Then shouldn’t they arrest the whole NYPD, because that’s pretty much all the officers do.

      2. Probably for bleeding on their uniforms, too.

  6. Here I was, thinking I’d make it all the way to noon before wanting to start smashing things today.

    1. You could try not firing up your browser until noon…

      That’s pretty much your only hope around here.

  7. Bill Bratton has buildings and the nefarious scrawlings upon to keep an eye on, yo.

  8. Should we file this one under “Without government, who would…?” or under “In Soviet America, crime commits you”?

    1. He should be thankful he had a ROAD to lie on. In Somalia, the police would have beaten him on a filthy goat path.

    2. You didn’t beat that!

  9. I just can’t comprehend the mindset of these cops. I mean, I could understand if it was one or two cops doing the beating and the rest stood back just because of the way human nature works (note: I’m absolutely not justifying such behavior). But how can they all join in like that? It takes a real sociopath to do shit like that. It really seems like police departments exclusively recruit sociopaths.

    1. It really seems like police departments exclusively recruit sociopaths.

      I don’t think they’d have to recruit very hard. The job is a natural magnet for them.

    2. One baboon starts and before you know it, the whole troop has to start in.

    3. I think they recruit a lot of psychopaths and just enough sociopaths to write reports and make up lies for those around them.

  10. “It’s said that “power corrupts,” but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”

    1. “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptable. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.”
      -Frank Herbert

      1. Yep, that’s where my handle came from.

  11. Never let go of the “second-guessing” meme, guys. It’s perfect.

    /no sarcasm

  12. Jerryskids|9.8.14 @ 9:05AM|#

    This may be old to some of you but it’s news to me.

    (Not really old news that you get beat up for questioning a cop as to why you are being beat up by a cop, but this particular instance is news.)

    reply to this

    Oh, ok, I see how it is – I posted this to the AM links yesterday and nobody cares but when Ed posts it then suddenly it’s a big whoopty-doo. I guess Ed’s the golden child here.

  13. Well standing around while being Hispanic looking IS a crime, just like driving or walking–now that I think back a bit– or sitting while black is.

  14. Government is the kicking the shit out of peasants we do together.

  15. OK some advice.

    A friend of mine who works at 911 is butthurt at me because he went to a cop’s wake last night. (I am always talking bad about cops to him)

    Cam you all talk me out of e-mailing him about 100 stories just on Reason alone about cops killing, raping and beating people, usually without repercussions. I also want to include a list of occupations more deadly than being a cop, and some pics of Kelly Thomas and the naked grandma arrested by 12 cops. And also a note about how the families of people killed by cops don’t get lifetime pensions and insurance.

    1. Can you all talk me out of e-mailing him about 100 stories just on Reason alone about cops killing, raping and beating people, usually without repercussions.

      Nope.

      1. Lemme try:

        Get new friends. Easier, less stressful, more gratifying.

        1. ^^ this.

          i wish i would have done it sooner in my life.

          i cannot explain how much time i tried “fitting in” w/ the fucking mentally retarded underclass that is dependent on the state.

          -FFM

  16. Wait, I thought that if you had nothing to hide you had nothing to worry about.

    It’s almost like that was a lie. I need to go talk to my talking points handler for this one.

    /Prog

  17. It’s police like this that give the other 5% a bad name.

  18. I, for one, wish I could see the whole video instead of tiny clips meant to agitate the uneducated. NYPD may very well be wrong here, but difficult to see without the whole story being told. Go ahead sheep – argue below……

  19. to the guy on another thread today that ask me what cops should do if you won’t obey a order.I was talking about jay walking and cig selling and grilling in front of your house being no excuse for violence from the police.Where are you now dumb ass .

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  26. the thin red line…..

    if there were ANY good cops, bad cops would be in jail.

    pigs. all of ya.

    get a real job and produce value, shills.

    -FFM

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