Brooklyn, NY — A family is speaking out against the NYPD after they were raided by multiple cops, had their house destroyed, and false charges brought against them for vials of ashes containing their late patriarch.
The incident happened last year as Lucia Santiago, 65, was awakened in her bed by heavily armed NYPD officers and forced into the living room.
“When I opened my eyes I saw . . . six or seven police [officers] in my room,” she recalled to the NY Post. “They told me, ‘Get out of the bed!’”
As the Post reports:
COPS CUFFED THE GRANDMOTHER, HER SON AND A GRANDSON AS THEY SEARCHED THE STARR STREET HOME, DEMANDING TO KNOW WHERE “THE GUNS AND DRUGS” WERE HIDDEN, THE SANTIAGOS CLAIM IN A LAWSUIT.
BUT ALL THE COPS FOUND WERE “PERSONAL MEMORIAL URNS” CONTAINING THE CREMATED REMAINS OF LUCIA’S HUSBAND, MIGUEL, WHO DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES IN 2016 AT AGE 72, THE FAMILY SAYS.
THE OFFICERS BELIEVED THE ASHES, SEALED IN AN AIRTIGHT CAPSULE INSIDE BULLET-SIZED VIALS, WAS HEROIN, AND TOOK THE URNS AS EVIDENCE, ACCORDING TO THE BROOKLYN FEDERAL-COURT LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY.
“I said, ‘That’s the ashes of my husband,’ ” Santiago claimed she told one cop.
“‘No,’ he told me, ‘That’s drugs.’ ”
After the grandfather, Miguel Santiago had passed away, the family divided his ashes among themselves at his behest.
“He wanted for his grandkids to have a piece of him, and his children, me and my mother, nephew and son,” Nelson Santiago said of his dad, who once owned a pizzeria in Brooklyn, according to the Post.
Police claim they conducted the raid over an alleged gun sale. However, no such gun or evidence of a gun sale was found. But police didn’t want to go away empty handed so the grandmother and her two grandsons were charged with possession of a controlled substance — for the ashes — and possession of ammunition for some loose bullets.'
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