Assault charges brought against 8 police
One attorney-at-law is fed up with how frequently he is seeing persons presenting with injuries and claims of police brutality, as yet another client claims to have suffered at the hands of police officers.
Thirty-five-year-old St. James resident, Rasheed King, represented by Andrew Pilgrim Q.C, has laid charges of Assault occasioning actual bodily harm under Section 26 of the Offences against the Person Act, Cap. 141 in the Holetown Court against eight police officers, including a female officer. The private prosecutions were filed on Monday, July 24, 2017.
Pilgrim told Loop News, “Abuse is something I encounter almost every day of my life - it is just that we don't always catch them on video. They don't always go too far like in Rasheed's case and we don't always have clients who are brave enough like King, Stanton and Quintyne who are willing to stand up against the RBPF (Royal Barbados Police Force).”
King's claims come even as the Hon. Justice Adrian Saunders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) handed down a ruling on Tuesday calling on Barbados to move speedily towards recording all police interrogations, and just over a week after two cousins, Stanton and Quintyne, also represented by Pilgrim, laid charges against three officers following an incident at Pirate’s Cove.
“If the Force accepts that technology is the future and that investigation involves more than threats and violence, we are all in a better place. The decision [yesterday by the CCJ] in Haynes and Edwards versus The Queen is begging the police to embrace technology!”
King was taken into police custody on June 30, 2017 for questioning in connection with a stolen car. He is alleging that he was manhandled and bullied physically when he refused to comply with the police without having an attorney present. He claims that on July 1, he was beaten, spat on, poked in his right eye, bound, headlocked and electrocuted while in police custody. His doctor said he has nerve damage from the shocking.
King and his attorneys are seeking reimbursement for his doctor fees and medical care as well as any other damages. In addition, Pilgrim asserted, “We want all of the above, but punishment and admission to wrongdoing especially.”
Officers Sergeant Darby Griffith, Dave Griffith, Jason Leacock, Neal Grogan, Christopher Alleyne, Dave Rock, Sergeant Feliston Gilkes and Sherry-Ann Watkins are scheduled to appear in Court to answer the charges on October 2, 2017.