The Spring Village man who says his arm was broken when a police officer struck him with a truncheon in Kingstown says that he is planning to take legal action against the officer.
Dwight Phillips told iWitness News on Tuesday that he is in conversation with lawyer Grant Connell about a possible lawsuit.
The decision to pursue a civil suit comes in the wake of a decision by prosecuting authorities to take over and discontinue two charges brought against Phillips.
Phillips says that Police Constable Clint Da Souza broke his arm in the presence of his (Phillips’) son at the Cruise Ship Terminal in Kingstown last week Monday, Aug. 14.
Da Souza then proceeded to charge Phillips, a 42-year-old father of four students, with resisting arrest and assaulting him.
When he appeared in court last week Tuesday, Phillips pleaded not guilty to the charge and was scheduled to return to court on Oct. 23, but the charges against him have since been discontinued.
Phillips, a cook who also sells juices to businesses and offices in Kingstown, had lamented, to iWitness News, the impact of his injury on his family’s income.
He again noted that point on Tuesday, telling iWitness News that his cook shop, 3D’s Delight, located at No. 10 Chinatown, Kingstown, remains closed since the incident.
He told iWitness News that his wife, who works along with him in the cook shop, where he is the cook, decided to take seven days work with one of the groups cleaning the roadside so that she could be near their home.
Phillips said that the partial cast on his arm was completed on Monday, but he is in a lot of pain.
He said he tried to sell some juice in Kingstown on Monday, but could not venture out again on Tuesday because of the pain.
He said he is scheduled to see the doctor again on Sept. 4, at which time a decision will be made about whether the broken bone should be pinned to aid in its healing.
“I am just here at home lying down,” Phillips told iWitness News.
The injury has come as the man and his wife are preparing their children to return to school in September.
Their son, who graduated from St. Martin’s Secondary School in June, passed seven of the eight CXC subjects that he wrote, Phillips said.
“I tell you the honest truth, I am very, very confused,” Phillips told iWitness News, adding that he is wondering how he would be able to finance his son’s entrance into the Technical Division of the Community College.
“It is very, very hard. Confusing,” Phillips told iWitness News