NEW YORK — Police raided the wrong house, handcuffed an innocent family, and then put their pictures on Snapchat with a Christmas “greeting.”
“Merry Christmas it’s NYPD (New York Police Department)” one of the captions accompanying a picture of the family read.
The Santiago family’s Brooklyn home was raided on the morning of Dec. 22 and everyone put in handcuffs, WABC-TV reported. As the police conducted the investigation, Kimberly Santiago noticed that one of them was using his phone.
“We thought he was texting on his phone,” she said. “Because the whole three hours we were sitting here, he was the one standing there. We saw him on his phone, but we didn’t think an officer would do that.”
The unidentified officer has been suspended without pay as an investigation is conducted to see if department policy was violated.
No one was arrested, and the police left.
“If he did that to [us], picture how many other families he’s done that to,” Santiago said.
Snapchat is a popular social media service that had 150 million users as of June 2016.
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