A police officer has been charged in relation to an assault on a male civilian in Vieux Fort, according to a statement released by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) Monday.
The statement identified the officer as Rayian Clerice, noting that he was charged on Friday, July 26, 2019.
He was granted bail on his own recognizance for the charge of Assault, contrary to Section 426 of the Criminal Code, the statement disclosed.
The police statement on the arrest and laying of assault charges against Officer Clerice quoted Section 426 of the Criminal Code as stating in regard to Assault on summary convictions, that “A person who unlawfully assaults any other person is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1,000, or to imprisonment for one year.
Earlier this month , a video was posted on social media of a uniformed officer hitting a handcuffed civilian with a cutlass while the suspect was on his knees, prompting an outcry on social media.
Two other officers were shown in the recording that went viral.
According to the police, on Wednesday July 10, 2019 about 9:30 a.m. law enforcement officials received information in relation to the assault with the cutlass in Vieux Fort, prompting an immediate investigation.
The police said the officer was immediately sent on leave.