Eight Barbados police officers are to face prosecution for allegedly beating, spitting upon and electrocuting a man in their custody late last month.
The eight officers have been identified as Sergeants Darby Griffith and Feliston Gilkes, as well as police constables Dave Griffith, Jason Leacock, Neal Grogan, Christopher Alleyne, Dave Rock and Sherry-Ann Watkins.
According to Barbados Today, the officers are due to appear in the Holetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday, October 2, 2017 to answer the charge of assaulting and occasioning actual bodily harm to Rasheed King on July 1, 2017.
King was taken into custody on June 30, 2017 and charged with handling a stolen motorcar.
He was brought before a Magistrate on July 3, 2017 and released on $7,000 bail.
However, it was during his short stay in police custody that King is claiming he suffered unimaginable torture.
His attorneys filed private prosecution charges.
One of the Attorneys, Kamisha Benjamin, said that her client’s alleged abuse came as a result of a refusal to speak without his attorney present.
She revealed that a letter outlining the complaint had been sent to Acting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith, but said to date no response has been received.
The allegations range from verbal to physical abuse, with King alleging that at one point a plastic bag was placed over his head and a finger forced into his right eye.
His attorneys have released pictures of the injuries their client allegedly suffered during the episode in which King further claimed that water was poured about his body and he was shocked with an extension cord that was plugged into an outlet.
Benjamin disclosed that her client’s doctor had confirmed that King suffered nerve damage as a result.
Just last week, three other members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) were slapped with charges in connection with a separate incident.