Police kicking case delayed

Three members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), one of whom was allegedly caught on camera kicking a civilian who was lying on the ground during an event at Pirate’s Cove in June, have had their case adjourned until December 5.

Police Constable 1958 Bradley Cutting, Police Constable 1890 Justin Phillips and Police Constable 2099 Akeel Grant, who are facing private prosecution for the June 18 incident, were noticeably absent when the matter came up for hearing today before Magistrates Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant. They are charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim, QC, had filed the charges in July 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.

Dario Stanton

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 later 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.

However, the two had contended that they had sustained injuries, such as heavy bruises to the face, back, chest, lips, feet and armpit, as well as a bloodshot, black eye and swollen cheeks, inflicted upon them by the officers.

Pilgrim had 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.

Today, it emerged that the officers had yet to be served with the necessary court documents despite Pilgrim’s numerous attempts, hence the postponement.

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 had said. The status of that investigation was not immediately clear.

The charges came after the RBPF Task Force was called in to restore order at the last in the series of Waiki events at Pirate’s Cove, The City, when things got out of control. Patrons reportedly broke down the fence in a mad scramble to get into the event.

fernellawedderburn@barbadostoday.bb

14 Responses to Police kicking case delayed

  1. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold September 14, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Ain’t surprise

    Reply
  2. Abosed Abby Williams
    Abosed Abby Williams September 15, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Hm

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  3. hcalndre September 15, 2017 at 1:03 am

    A former Correction officer from Rikers Island just got 30 years for kicking a sick inmate in his head who later died and then tried to cover it up, the victim here has not died but the case seems to be in trouble although there is a video, are these police officers above the law.

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    • Meakai September 15, 2017 at 1:21 am

      Rhetorical question, yes?

      Reply
  4. MArk Anthony
    MArk Anthony September 15, 2017 at 1:35 am

    No surprise

    Reply
  5. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 15, 2017 at 4:54 am

    This is a public video, justice for the victims.

    Reply
  6. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine September 15, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Wow. This shows that the police have absolutely no respect for the law courts and rule of law. Who ever is aiding them in avoiding being served should be charged with obstruction of justice.

    Reply
  7. O. Walrond September 15, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Please tell me that in my country all are subject to the law and that there are no special people who don’t get served their papers; who have to be determined to be the perpetrators in spite of clear video evidence and who are protected from facing the judgement of the courts for the wrong things they do. Is that not the Barbados I live in?

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    • Bajan September 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Clear video evidence? You fa real? We can’t tell the identities of the people in the footage. That video going get lick up and discredited in any trial. The only way anybody could be convicted is if they plea guilty. Not even the FBI good enough to make that video footage any clearer to determine who is who and what really happened. And even if this can be done the obvious defence would be that the force used was lawful and necessary in the circumstances. Kicking is actually an acceptable and lawful strike used by Police.

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  8. Donild Trimp September 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

    This case should be thrown out of court.

    A bunch of hooligans with utter disregard for the law and bleeding hearts liberals supporting them in their misguided bravado of disobeying the lawful orders of Police officers.

    I saw someone attempting to kick a weapon out of the reach of these hooligans.

    I did not see the Police willfully kicking anyone.

    As for that red eye, that was not done by the Police.

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    • hcalndre September 15, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      @Donald Trimp be careful you don`t have to appear in court and take the stand where you will have to testify under oath where you are saying that the cameras are wrong and you are found to be lying.

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  9. Bajan September 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

    This case going nowhere. The video evidence is weak at best. I really want to see how Pilgrim going pull this off. I know he is an excellent attorney but this one…let me see he work some skill here.

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  10. hcalndre September 15, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Bajan; the video evidence is weak? is the pix not showing clearly, can it be enhanced? if the shoe was on the other foot, ‘no pun intended’ it would be what it is, no two ways about it.

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  11. Donild Trimp September 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    @ hcalndre –

    No need for me to be careful about anything.

    No one else can tell me what I saw in that video with those show off hooligans.

    I did not see the Police kicking anyone.

    Support the Police and not the hooligans.

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