Back in the Old South, police used a neat little legal loophole to arrest and beat anyone they liked at will: It was called “Arrest for resisting arrest.” Here’s what it means: If the police attempt to put you in handcuffs, for any reason, you’d better go limp and silent as a roofied date-rape; but don’t go too limp, because then you might be resisting without violence. In any case, arrested for resisting arrest has officially become national policy among police and authoritarians of all varieties — a de facto license to beat the crap out of anyone, anytime.
When police stopped and frisked 23-year-old Santiago Hernandez (allegedly following a noise complaint), he must have known what was coming. He dutifully turned around, and consented to a body search with his hands up — which we hear works just about as well in New York City as in Ferguson, Missouri.
The police found nothing, but Hernandez made the mistake of asking why he had been searched. It was for this grievous offense that one of the officers began to cuff him.
“I’m like, ‘Miss, what are you doing? You are hurting my arm.’ She was just telling me to put my hands behind my back, but I said, ‘I’m like trying to understand what you are arresting me for. Can you please tell me?”
It was at this point Hernandez was dragged to the ground, and the police, like the lynch mob of violent thugs they can be, went to work on 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 ten times with the baton. Another one comes and pepper sprayed me. They were taking turns like a gang.”
After being dragged to the patrol car, one of the thugs asks Hernandez why he didn’t allow himself to be cuffed. To which he fairly reasonably responds:
“Because I’m a person to ask questions. If I didn’t do nothing wrong, I’m trying to understand the reason, what they are thinking of me, or what was the reason at all to arrest me.”
HEY, Santiago! You don’t do that here! They were obviously arresting you for resisting arrest. You should have simply accepted your fate without question, as should anyone living in a police state.
Of course, the police might have had a slightly more specific reason.
Santiago was already in The System, and thus, fair game.
At the time, Santiago was questioning the unlawful arrest because he was on parole from a gang-related conviction when he was 14-years-old. And as anyone who’s been in The System before knows, that’s all the license police need to do anything they like.
You can see the video of Santiago’s unlawful arrest and subsequent beating in the video below.
For our troll readers: Imagine the guy in the video as a white, upper-middle class college senior wearing a Polo shirt and carrying a golf bag around Wichita, Kansas.