A scene from the video in which the youth is repeatedly struck in the head by a police officer.

The youngster seen in a video being repeatedly struck in the head with a truncheon by a police officer has been charged with assaulting the police officer and resisting his arrest.

Kishal Joseph, of Layou, was brought to the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown on Friday, where the two charges were read to him.

He was charged that on Feb. 27,at Kingstown, he assaulted Sheldon Searles, of Belair, causing actual bodily harm.

Joseph was further charged that on the same date and place, he resisted the arrest of Sheldon Searles, PC429, he being a police officer acting in the due execution of his duty.

Joseph pleaded not guilty to both charges and Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne allowed station bail to continue.

She ordered the man to reappear at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on May 22, for the next hearing in the matter.

The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force said, Wednesday night, that it has launched an investigation after a video appeared on social media showing a police officer repeatedly beating a member of the public in his head with a truncheon.

Several parts of the video have since emerged and in one clip, the police officer and the man are seen holding each other by the collar.

An auxiliary police officer hands a truncheon to the police officer, who strikes the man with it repeatedly in the head.

iWitness News does not know what is the case or nature of the incident, but citizens have expressed outrage and have overwhelmingly described the response of the police officer as excessive.

Are these blows justified?

Another member of the public has sent us this video of the incident in Kingstown earlier today involving a uniformed police officer and a civilian.

Posted by iWitness News on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

11 replies on “Youth in police beating video charged”

  1. C ben-David says:

    Partial or doctored video clips usually present a very biased image of the totality of events surrounding such confrontations, as has been shown numerous times in the past.

    I know many of our people neither trust not respect the police — including yours truly — but we must stop our ignorant tendency to jump to conclusions before all the facts and evidence have been presented.

  2. When in doubt charge the victim and in time drop the charges and everything is honky dory.No accountability for the Police whatsoever.i

  3. If he assaulted the officer without a cause ,he is to be charged….But regardless to what has happened the officers shouldn’t of beat him in his head like that..We actually heard the connected blows with force..Supposed he had died..Would the officers be charged with murder ? Protect and serve…. Be vigilant ..,be friendly..Be able to talk one out of a bad situation.. Don’t be to quick to brutalize….

  4. I do not know when these people misbehave and commit crimes people think they must be treated like Sunday School kids.

  5. I don’t believe for a second that this youth assaulted the policeman. The video clearly show that the police is holding him with one hand while hitting him repeatedly in the head with an object in the other hand. Besides that there are two police officers. The police should be charged with unlawful conduct etc etc. This youth doesn’t seem to be a threat and was no match for the two police bullies.

  6. I am constable Brown they call me Boy Blue
    I have here a warrant to arrest you
    Cause you beat up your girl till she black and blue
    Then ask what the hell the police can do

    I come to show what police can do
    I going show what police can do

    I have a baton hard like rock stone
    I going introduce it to your jawbone
    Box all your teeth till you moan and groan
    And your ears them ring like government phone
    Broke up your nose, horrify your looks
    Cause you shouldn’t call me Babylon Boops

    I come to show what police can do
    I going show what police can do

    I going make you feel some babylon lick
    Babylon box and babylon kick
    Choke me baton down
    Deny your cry
    Make you learn them have respect for the law
    Fracture your shin
    Broke your kneecap
    Then you will know some mean nasty knock
    Haul and pull you like a gold crook
    Cause you shouldn’t call me Babylon Boops
    I am constable Brown they call me Boy Blue
    And now you will know what one boops can do

    I come to show what police can do
    I going show what police can do

    Boop boop bop boop boop bop

    [what police can do.By Lovindear]

  7. I don’t care how justifiable you believe your actions are, why would you hit someone in their head? Is that what they’re being taught at the police academy, to use brute force? Unacceptable, you do not treat people this way. You’re telling me between the two of you, you couldn’t subdue this young man?

  8. even as a police officer you cannot cause body harm to a person not fighting you and blocking clobbering from you with the sign of an x made from there hand to stop or not to hit them. and I am surprise that even with video the victim got charge and he was with out a weapon but the police was fed a weapon and assaulted him and the police not charge and he did not follow protocol and it shows the judges sometimes are influenced to also victimized the citizen and jail them innocent where for the first some ended up raped in prison and damage and still get fight against getting financial compensation and they were innocent to begin with and a lot of the C.I.D officers does this to citizen when they cant solve cases and throw out solve cases for favours

  9. NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE POLICE IT DOSE NOT MEAN THAT PEOPLE CANNOT SPANK YOU ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DOING SOMETHING WRONG, ESPECIALLY NOT FOLLOWING THE LAW AND CAUSING HARM TO CITIZEN, LIKE UPHOLDING THE THEM GRENADINES SOCIAL WORKER REQUEST THAT NOTHING IN THE BUSH TO NOT GO TO THE BUSH-HILLS IN ASHTON UNION ISLAND AND OTHER PARTS WHERE CHILDREAN ARE LEFT ALONE BECAUSE THE PARENT WERE VICTIMS OF CRIME AND DIED INFRONT OF THEM OF GUNSHOT AND ARE THERE YEARS FROM PRETEEN TO YOUNG ADOLESENT WITH RUMORS OF SOME OF THEM BEING RAPE DAILY FOR FOOD TO EAT AND A NIGHT REST AND TEACHERS KNOW WHEN THE CHILDREN STOP COMMING TO SCHOOL AND SOME HAVE REPORT IT AND NOTHING DONE AND IT BEING HIDE WITH ALL THE COMPLAINS AND STILL THE POLICE BRAG FROM CENTRAL THAT THEY HAVE THE BEST POTROL, BEST TRACKER, BEST WEPONS EXPERT AND MOST CLASS BUT DONT HIT THE BUSH AND SAVE COMMUNITIES FROM CHILDREN DRUG AND PROSTITUTION ABUSE , SO WHAT IF THERE PARENTS WERE INVOLVED IN DRUGS AND IT NOT THERE FAULT, AND THE POLICE SHOULD READ THE LAW BOOK AGAIN, because to watch these kids try to come school sometimes but with tear-up clothes and hungry and taking getting bull in the back of the school to get money and it is not them that write this but they need help and the teachers need to admit what is going on and save these children because help with clothes and food is always present but is finding who needs it is sometimes the difficult task because some people hiding that these thing don’t happen in our community so its left to be seen if this plea for help for them will be ignored

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