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: