Three police officers who were allegedly involved in the beating of a 10-year-old boy at the Stubbs Police Station on Sunday have been suspended from duty.
The officers, a corporal and two constables, will receive half pay pending the outcome of the investigation into the allegation, the Police Public Relations and Complaint Department said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement said that acting Commissioner of Police, Enville Williams suspended the three police officers.
Police are asking anyone with information that can assist the investigation is encouraged to contact the Calliaqua Police Station at 1-784-458-4200, Police Emergency at 911/999, or any police station or officer you are comfortable speaking with. Information received would be treated confidentially.
The alleged beating became public around 7:47 p.m. on Sunday when a woman who identified herself as Rosita Phillips appeared in a Facebook live video saying she was outside the Stubbs Police Station.
Phillips said police had locked up her 10-year-old son that afternoon, alleging that he had gone into someone’s yard and taken their bike.
She said she went to the police station to find out what was going on and the officers released the child to her and told her they would investigate the matter.
Phillips said that when she was in the yard of the police station, the child told her that his back was hurting.
“Two police officer beat my child. If you see the bruise and dem in ye back and all thing,” she said, speaking in the Vincentian vernacular.
“I calling on authority who listening me now and who seeing this. I don’t satisfy. If you see the condition of my child’s back,” she said.
In the same Facebook live video, a man who referred to Phillips as “mommy” asked the child to say what had happened.
The child said that he went into somebody’s yard and removed a bike that was there.
“And then police come down by Diamond and meet me riding the bike and they tek me and hold me by me hand and bring me by the station,” the child said in the Vincentian vernacular.
“Then them tell me fuh siddung pon top the bench. Then one ye corporal tek off he belt and start to beat me. Then the other fat one been going tek off he leather belt to come and beat me but dem puh down that and the thin one gi the fat one ye belt fuh beat me,” the child said.
Responding to questions from the adult male, the child further said that he was crying during the beating.
The child said that he did not think that what he had done was right but that he also did not do anything to be beaten by the police.
He said he did not give them attitude, back answer or said anything out of place to them and did not know why they had beaten him.
Further, Phillips said in the video that she had asked a corporal of police at the station the names of the police officers allegedly involved and for a report of medical injury form.
A report of medical injury form is a document that police give to people who allege that they have been assaulted.
The complainant would take it to a doctor who would conduct a medical examination and record the findings on the form, which is then returned to police.
The doctor’s findings help police to decide what charges, if any, to bring against an accused person.
“And all ah dem going in the station and leave me in the yard sit down,” Phillips said, adding that she cannot walk or see.
“I want to know what to do this hour… I need help … This is the way that police serve and protect?”