NYPD suspends cop who posted photos of handcuffed family in Snapchat
Santiago told CNN that they were handcuffed for three hours, while an officer took pictures of them and posted in Snapchat
Kimberly Santiago, a resident of Brooklyn, New York never expected that her Thursday would be spent handcuffed along with her family and having the incident posted on Snapchat.
She claimed police broke into her mother's apartment in Brownsville at 6.30 am, made her and family members bow down and placed them in hand cuffs in the living room.
According to Santiago, the police reasoned with them saying the lockdown was "so no one will go crazy or act up, while the officers were searching the place. The New York Police Departments has not named the officer behind the raids but said that he has been suspended and the incident is currently under review.
Santiago told CNN that they were handcuffed for three hours, while an officer took pictures of them and posted in Snapchat. A friend later sent her those photos after seeing them on the app, one named "Merry Christmas it's NYPD!" and the other "Warrant Sweeps it's still a party smh."
She remembered the police officer with phone but was reportedly outraged when learnt that he was taking pictures and allegedly posting them. "Who would think an officer is going to do that?" she told CNN.
According to the warrant handed over to Santiago's mother Ruth, police officers were on a hunt for a Hispanic man named JD Blue. The document states he is in his mid-30s, with tattoos on both arms and mole on his face.
Santiago said none of the family members knew the man, and they all were shaken by the incident. "My mom almost got a heart attack," she said. "I told them 'leave me in handcuffs but take my mother's off please'."
After seeing pictures of her and family members in Snapchat by an officer from the 73rd precinct, Santiago reported to 911 and filed a complaint. An Internal Affairs officer came back to their apartment so that the family can identify the officer who posted the photos. She was later informed that the officer was suspended without pay for 30 days.