Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, has said that he is very happy that no one was injured during an incident in Dennery on Sunday morning, which was recorded and went viral on social media.
During the incident, police arrested a young man in front of an irate crowd of onlookers.
The individual, identified as Kennis Charles, 26, of Marc, Bexon, was charged with obstructing the police in their duties, using insulting words, resisting arrest and assaulting the police.
Acting Police Commissioner,Milton Desir said some persons present were obstructing the police in carrying out their duties.
He observed that this is an offence for which persons can be arrested.
According to Desir, the incident began with an individual and the police when others intervened.
“So you could see the lawlessness that persons are trying to display when a police officer who has sworn to perform his duties is coming in, at that point it is not about guilt – whether you are guilty or not. It is about an arrest if the officer believes there is enough information to effect an arrest,” he explained.
“In court it is something else,” Desir told reporters.
However he noted that persons on the scene were trying to be judges and even went as far as insulting the police officers.
Desir observed that because the video recording of the incident has been posted on social media, people have an opportunity to see what police officers have to deal with.
He urged citizens to cooperate with the police when they are carrying out their lawful duties.
“Allow the officers to perform their duties and whatever happens afterward, if you have to lodge a complaint against the officer – if the officer has gone overboard, there are remedies for that.”
The Acting Police Commissioner asserted that had it not been for the video recording,persons may have reported the police for things that they did not do.
He observed that the officers were effecting an arrest during which no one was hurt, but persons on the scene were giving the impression that the police were doing something wrong at the time.
“I need to inform police officers that the hierarchy of the police force is with them and will support them once they are performing their duties within the ambit of the law,” Desir declared.