Police beating videos go viral

Police beating videos go viral
Still image taken from a video recording purporting to show officers beating men at Woodes Rogers Walk during the New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A series of videos purporting to show police officers beating a group of men on the sidelines of the 2020 New Year’s Junkanoo Parade went viral yesterday.

In one 15-second video recording, several police officers clad in blue uniform can be seen surveying a group of men who are lined up against a wall.

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The men have their hands raised and their backs turned to the officers.

As the video captured zooms in on the group, an officer wielding a long truncheon strikes the backside of one man as he walks away.

The same officer turns his attention to the next man in the line-up, offering him a similar lashing; however, the man runs away.

The officers do not give chase.

When contacted about the video, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said: “Not in the position to speak at the moment.”

While the videos were forwarded to the minister, Dames did not confirm whether he had reviewed them.

In another two videos, police can be seen brandishing nightsticks and swinging into a crowd in front of the Bank of The Bahamas building on Shirley Street.

In one short clip, a man can be seen laying on the floor as an officer hits him.

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Speaking to reporters on Bay Street yesterday morning, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson was asked to comment on incidents of crime at the parade.

He was not asked about the videos.

Ferguson said: “We have parades where there were no incidents at all. I don’t want to make any kind of comparison with respect to the parades, but suffice it to say that I can say the parade has been very good so far.

“We want to make sure it continues that way until the parade ends and hopefully throughout the year.”

Attempts to reach the commissioner for comment on the videos yesterday afternoon were unsuccessful.

1 comments

The head of police is a clown in his seat. You playing blind to dumb crap and covering up wrong to uplift a good face in the police force. think what if those boys come for you or those officers or your families as a plot of revenge. We must take action now before it’s too late because like WE the people are getting sick of the government 😒 so it goes we are infected by it’s forces and their wrong against citizens of the Bahamas. Hiring officers to harass and abuse the very people you supposed to protect and serve. this a warning kaos is at hand be careful the people are figs and when u betray and mistreating your people they will bite. But law enforcement always keep this in my me we pay y’all we are your bosses and while you walk freely to shoot kill and beat as a perk remember the weather ng set of people you gonna peeved and you will feel just to learn better thanks for reading

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