Barbados: Eight Cops accused of torture

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.

12 Comments

  1. Vibz
    July 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

    No one should be subjected to police brutality while in police custody. Just viewed a video where a Jamaican woman related an account of extreme embarrassment and physical assault meted out to her by law enforcement at the airport in Barbados. If found guilty these officers should be given extensive jail sentences to deter other officers from engaging in these dastardly acts. If these acts of brutality go unpunished, the police would become more emboldened to torture with impunity.

  2. Society
    July 26, 2017 at 10:32 am

    If was st.lucia..they would make that case drag for 6months then it would be thrown out of court….welcome to st.lucia where police know how to beat the system

  3. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Police officers are dogs

  4. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Dirty stinking dogs

  5. Amie dodo
    July 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    E bien fete young man behave go and work

  6. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Way pap since the new uwp the country in a mess the head on tour did even know E.J was out of state and is L .m that the new actor ..heard this weekend is G.J boy king need to bback as leader..

  7. WRATH
    July 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    SO SAD IN HEARING THESE INCIDENTS INVOLVING THOSE SAME INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HERE TO “PROTECT AND SERVE”. SUCH A MOCKERY AND FALSE REPRESENTATION THEY ARE TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY. JUSTICE SHOULD BE HANDED OUT RATHER THAN A SLAP ON THE WRIST.
    SADLY THIS HAPPENS HERE AS WELL BUT WE BARELY HEAR OF SUCH CASES AS IT GETS WASHED AWAY UNDER THE RUG.

  8. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Allen chastenet you did not know what you was getting into sir you think talk was cheap .well look it .me that is you i would resign and let one of yo minister be the pm eh.cause lucia is crying .everyday job lost killing raping closing down now torture scandal this is not good for the country..st.lucia is better than trinidad/ babados jamiaca we are the best destination in the world best sports men best teacher lawyer plummer carpenter nobel prize winners carnival festival and so many more and lots of educted and beautiful women .papa micheal chasternet help yo son to fix d countey eh else we will b thw lowest grade countey in the worldj

  9. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Of course it to wash under the rugs….because our MINISTER’S IN GOVERMENT USE THE DIRTY OFFICERS TO DO THEY DIRTY WORKS ..FOR THEM….LOOK AT THIS ISLAND..SUPPOSE TO BE A TOURIST ISLAND…. AND IT STINKS AS HELL……AND THEN U WANT TO TELL ME ABOUT LAW AND ORDER…..THE POLICE OFFICERS …NEED TO HAVE SOME RESPECT……THEY DON’T HAVE THAT

  10. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    For those of us who believe that cops are DOGS, let’s see what a day without them would be like. Only then would we learn to appreciate their sacrifices to keep us safe.

    For those of us who say they are corrupt, I wonder where they came from; heaven? I guess not. Our officers came from our society, yes our corrupt society. So if the society is a cesspool of corruption, don’t you think that a percentage of what it produces will also be corrupt? Further, show me a corruption free police force anywhere in the world and I will assure you that man can live on the sun.

    Our police force is indeed a reflection of our society; believe it or not but it’s true. There is no institution in our society that is free of corruption; none. So why do we Hippocrates set the cops standards that we cannot ourselves keep or live up to.

  11. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Electrocution means death by electric shock so he received an electric shock at the hands of the Barbados Police. Since Bajans think that they speak the Queen’s English then I am surprised that Barbados Today reported that the man was electrocuted.
    On the police brutality issue it was Bajan police who introduced a culture of police brutality into the Royal St. Lucia Police Force decades ago when Saint Lucia was a British colony. In those colonial it was Bajans who were the top brass in the RSLPF.

  12. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Since the victim is alive he was not electrocuted. Electrocution means death by electric shock. smh.

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