Cops charged

Pilgrim brings legal charges against three police officers over Pirate's Cove kicking incident

Three members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), one of whom was allegedly caught on camera kicking a civilian who was lying on ground during an event at Pirate’s Cove, will appear in court on September 14, 2017 to answer charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Police Constable 1958 Bradley Cutting, Police Constable 1890 Justin Phillips and Police Constable 2099 Akeel Grant will face private prosecution for the June 18 incident.

Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim, QC, this morning filed the charges in the No.2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court on behalf of 26-year-old Dario Rico Stanton of Hart’s Gap, Christ Church and 22-year-old Romario Mitchell Quintyne of 122 Cordia Drive, Warners Park, Christ Church.

A screenshot of the video of the incident.

A video had appeared on social media in mid-June showing what appeared to be a police officer brandishing a weapon and literally kicking a man while he was down.

It later emerged the victim was Stanton, who along with Quintyne, was charged with assaulting Phillips, occasioning him actual body harm, as well as obstructing that officer and Cutting in the execution of their duties, and assaulting Grant with intent to prevent the officer from lawfully apprehending him.

Quintyne was also charged with failing to obey a lawful order to keep moving given by Cutting, resisting the officer in the execution of his duties and using abusive language.

After the two emerged from the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on June 19 to show journalists injuries they allegedly sustained, such as heavy bruises to the face, back, chest, lips, feet and armpit, as well as a bloodshot, black eye and swollen cheeks, Pilgrim had demanded the resignation of Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith if they failed to deal swiftly with the perpetrators.

The attorney-at-law had revealed at the time that more than one officer had been involved, and today he told Barbados TODAY he was upset that little had come of a police investigation three weeks after the incident.

The RBPF had issued a statement shortly after video of the incident went viral, seemingly casting doubt that the man seen abusing Stanton was a police officer.

It said an internal investigation had been ordered into the social media posting “showing an individual dressed in a uniform similar to one worn by members of the Royal Barbados Police Force” kicking the man.

“These investigations will  . . . determine if the individual in the posting is a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force,” the statement said.

However, Pilgrim said it was strange that while the Force had yet to confirm the identifies of perpetrators, his legal team had tracked down the alleged assaulters with some degree of ease and had begun proceedings against them.

“Basically after the young boys, Stanton and Quintyne, were kicked and beaten and dragged around Pirate’s Cove, the Police Commissioner said he has to determine if they were police officers in the first place and it has been three weeks now and nothing has been done. However, we were able to find out the identities of the parties and it wasn’t hard because their faces were revealed on video and we have filed the documents and they are now before the court,” the senior attorney-at-law said.

“The matter has been adjourned until September 14 at which time we will see them come before the court  and say ‘guilty or not guilty’ to beating these people in view of the public, so they have to answer to the charges,” Pilgrim added.

The renowned attorney also obtained the court’s permission to have his office serve the officers, as the charge sheets had remained with court marshals for more than a week.

Careful not to imply improper motives on the part of the marshals, Pilgrim said he thought it prudent that his office helped to facilitate the process.

“We wanted to serve them ourselves because the tradition in the court is that these people are served through the marshal’s office, but they weren’t served in the course of the last week. Sometimes the marshal’s office is overburdened. I believe in giving everybody the benefit of the doubt but we will assist them with that burden of serving the accused men that we feel are allowed to get away with treating members of the public as they please,” said Pilgrim, who added that his clients were prepared to pursue justice in this matter to the very end.

“It is a matter of restoring confidence in our police force so that when people do something like this somebody is held accountable. You kick a civilian person on the ground, there is no excuse for it. And then the attitude of the top brass is that they have to find out if the person is a police [officer] or not. This is three weeks they can’t find out so the court will have to find out for them,” he stressed.

The alleged attack had come after the RBPF Task Force was called in on the night of June 18 to restore order at the last in the series of Waiki events at Pirate’s Cove, The City.

The popular event had been attracting large crowds since February. However, things got out of control as patrons reportedly broke down the fence in a mad scramble to get into the event.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

19 Responses to Cops charged

  1. ricardo July 20, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Renowned…I dont have a problem with Mr. Pilgrim but I seriously doubt that he would be conisidered renowned. Popular he may be but with my limited vocabulary, I think he still has a way to go.

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    • OntoPurpose July 20, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Renowned: known or talked about by many people; famous.

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  2. Ishaaq July 20, 2017 at 4:12 am

    When you have thugs going mental and you want law and order who are you going to call?

    You need police to deal with thugs head on and thats it. You have to use force with force. The police have to take control of the whole situation and if you start trouble then you must expect nothing but overwhelming force.

    I hope everything works out for these Officers.

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    • OntoPurpose July 20, 2017 at 10:57 am

      You know they are thugs HOW??!!

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  3. Sherlock Holmes. July 20, 2017 at 6:25 am

    This attorney at law has never gotten over that St.Lucy case hence…..by the way why does this medium has the photo of one of the so called accused police officers plastered over this page? This kind of anti police sentiment will eventually have it’s effect there is a thin blue line that separates the thugs from the citizenry and it is the police. Those who are mainly into theatrics and optics have nothing to worry about the thugs hardly do them anything.

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  4. sophia July 20, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I think these officers had no real choice but to show that they were the law or else the headline could’ve been very different. Police officers beaten by mob crowd. They had to get control of these people, put healthy fear in the hearts of that mob.

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    • OntoPurpose July 20, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Control was already in place – men on the ground, in handcuffs????!!!!!

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  5. OntoPurpose July 20, 2017 at 7:46 am

    How could I guess, without even reading the comments, that ppl were gonna say – if u want law and order, allow for the Police to kick men when they’re on the ground, already arrested and in no position to retaliate. The Police are in the category ‘to whom much is given, much is required’, if they CAN’T fill that role, then look for another profession. Protect and serve, not Protect and serve blows!!!

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  6. gsmiley July 20, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Ricardo in the context of Barbados he is renowned. We no longer have top criminal attorneys on this island like many years ago. They have since resorted to practicing other areas of the law. So Pilgrim is renowned.

    But what does that have to do with the case anyway?

    The man is representing two individuals who had their rights violated and you are seeking to belittle the gentleman’s ability.

    Why didn’t they engage the services of any other attorney?

    re·nowned
    [rəˈnound]

    ADJECTIVE
    known or talked about by many people; famous:
    “a restaurant renowned for its Southwestern-style food”
    synonyms: famous · celebrated · famed · eminent · distinguished · acclaimed · illustrious · preeminent · prominent · great · esteemed · of note · of repute · well known · well-thought-of

    Just FYI

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    • OntoPurpose July 20, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Thank you – I posted before I saw ur response!!

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  7. Sherlock Holmes. July 20, 2017 at 10:37 am

    By the way since these so called accused officers were brought before the court via summons i take it that no official identification parade was done yet the photo of one of them was posted here and i guess since i earlier mentioned this it has now been removed, too late though expect the ramifications media houses need to be responsible.

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  8. Mack July 20, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Attorney Pilgrim, the officers of the RBPF are ladies and Gentlemen. When it come to dealing with the tugs you repersent.

    I see Police in Barbados charging tugs that shoot at them and assault them. I don’t now any where else in the world that would happen, These tugs would be sent to the great beyond for shooting at the Police. The tugs in Barbados need to know that they have a good thing, Police that still respect them as citizens.

    Pilie good luck at destroying the system that will protect you.

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    • OntoPurpose July 20, 2017 at 10:59 am

      tugs? as in boats??!!

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      • Sherlock Holmes. July 20, 2017 at 11:13 am

        Well it was misspelt i do hope in error but the ways these miscreants behave their behavior is akin to the brutish force of a tug boat.

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  9. Carl July 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Way to go Pilly. Let’s show the public that we are not tolerating any abuse of power by those entrusted with the responsibility of serving and protecting us. Let’s give support to the ones instead who have no respect for law and order and anyone else. Only recently I read where some young men assaulted the police as they secured the escape of a handcuffed individual whom the police had arrested. For all their disrespect and the aiding and abeting in the prisoner’s escape all they got was community service. Shows how the system views the men and women of the force who continue to face an uphill task. I hope that when the persons responsible for killing that lady at the bank in Black Rock are caught that justice is sought in the same manner. Instead all sorts of arguments are going to be put forward on their behalf to make it seem as though it was not their fault: Maybe it was the absence of a father, an overworked single mother, the system failed them etc. The lady’s and other victims’ lives would be mde to seem worthless. But e want to hang out three police to dry who were responding to a report to restore order and the said youngmen failed to comply with the instructions of the police. They failed to respect the rights of other but when the tables were turned they suddenly know of their rights. Only their rights matter. Was the police right to kick him? Absolutely not. Should he and his friends have complied with the instructions of the police? Yes. Then the ensuing situation would have been avoided. Maybe they’ll be better of in the US where unarmed blacks are fatally shot by police. They copy the US thug life so probably they should ‘benefit’ from it. A great man once said: When good men are indifferent, bad men will prosper’. Keep up the good work Pilly.

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  10. Guy Fawkes July 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I really wish some of you people who
    Commenting talking about thugs and what not would shut your mouths and learn a little sense! Wrong is wrong! Don’t matter if you wear a suit, t-shirt and jeans or a uniform! What the police did was wrong! They should be punished for it! There’s a stupid mentality that people have that once a person looks a certain way you assume you know something about them! Just because a miscreant puts on a police uniform it doesn’t make him a stand up guy!! This is the kind of stupid mentality that has people ALL OVER the world being killed and brutalized by police officers.
    I even saw a ridiculous comment about “the police had to take control” and “put fear”…..the police are gangsters now?? We supposed to be afraid of law enforcement rather than feel security?? I honestly believe some of you that comment go from work to home and sit behind your computers and build up uninformed opinions of things and feel holier than thou…..I await the day an officer who you think is supposed to protect you, kicks you in the face with his boots because he’s “taking control of the situation”

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  11. Sue Donym July 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Isn’t it a sad day in Barbados when people – many educated to tertiary level – can’t understand that holding offenders to account even if they are police, is not the same as support for lawbreakers?

    Should you really trust police who can’t trust themselves to obey the law? Are some of you really saying that it is better to pretend that policemen can do no wrong, so that we don’t give the impression that we want crime to thrive?

    Unfortunately some thugs are in uniform because the vetting process is not perfect – anywhere in the world. We don’t owe them excuses for keeping them employed, rather we owe it to the public to give them the boot when identified!

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  12. gsmiley July 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Guy don’t bother to waste your breath. We have come to a state on this island now where we have become sympathisers for the criminals.

    And btw Carl everyone is entitled to be defended by an attorney even the vilest criminal.

    Had these gentleman been represented by a court appointed attorney from Legal Aid because they couldn’t afford a private one would your position have been the same?

    Would you have cussed him or her too for defending them?

    I wonder.

    Or is personal against ‘Pilly’ as you call him?

    Those officers need to be fired. The men were handcuffed and on the ground Carl.

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  13. The Negrocrat July 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Those officers are pigs and are not suited to wear any type of uniform.

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