2014 - Santiago Hernandez was waiting for a friend when two cops responding to a noise complaint asked to search him. He complied and they did not find anything. When he sat down and asked why he was searched one of the cops grabbed his arm and cuffed him.
“I’m like, ‘Miss, what you doing? You’re hurting my arm,’” Hernandez told ABC-7. “She just was telling me to put my hands behind my back, I’m like, ‘I’m trying to understand what you’re arresting me for. Can you please tell me?’"
He refused to give his other arm because the cops wouldn’t tell him why they were arresting him, after which the cops called backup, who upon arriving took turns beating, kicking and pepper spraying Hernandez while arresting him.
“They was taking turns on me. One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes, he 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, pepper-sprayed me. They were taking turns on me like a gang,” Hernandez told ABC.
Court documents obtained by News12 show that Hernandez was charged with resisting arrest, and that officers say they found synthetic marijuana on him. However, Hernandez’s attorney Jay Heinrich told the station that the charges were later dropped. [video]