Saint Lucia police have ordered an investigation into a video posted on social media in which a handcuffed man is being brutalized by a male officer, a senior law enforcement official has confirmed.
The official also confirmed to St Lucia Times that the video was shot in Vieux Fort but had no idea when it as recorded.
During the 10 second recording a male officer in camouflage uniform repeatedly strikes a handcuffed man on the head with what appears to be the broad side of a cutlass.
The man, whose hands are handcuffed behind his back, is on his knees.
Two other police officers are in the video recording as their colleague strikes the suspect three times on the head, each time demanding: “What you doing with that?”
After striking the suspect, the officer hands the cutlass to one of his colleagues, saying “Hold that!”
“Let’s go!” He then says, after which the brief video ends.
All three policemen in the video are armed.
A voice, apparently of the person recording the video in secret, or someone in the individual’s company, can be heard expressing shock and saying: “Eh eh! Eh eh! With a cutlass?”
The latest video follows a controversy over a recent incident in Dennery involving two female officers and a bus driver.
One of the officers was in uniform, while the other was in civilian clothing.
The one in civilian clothing is shown in one of several videos of the incident that went viral on social media, holding a lowered firearm.
After the videos surfaced, Deputy Police Commissioner Milton Desir had warned last week against drawing conclusions based on ‘selective’ recordings.
The President of the Police Welfare Association, Travis Chicot, echoed similar sentiments Tuesday.
“We call on members of the public to report an unbiased event against Police oﬃcers and the citizenry must not only record when Police take action but the entire incident,” Chicot declared in a written statement to St Lucia Times.
“I have seen the videos as the President of the Police Welfare Association and I am of the perception that the video where the bus driver resisted the lawful arrest and was insulting the two females was not given any air play or much discussion,” he asserted.
In the statement, Chicot called for the police to be provided with body cameras.