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Policemen, soldiers charged for allegedly bullying homeless man during Covid lockdown

“[…] Police officers, Anthony Alert and Kadeem Cadiz, and soldiers, Kevin Rawlins and Dane Williams, […] were charged after investigations were conducted into an incident that occurred on 29 March 2020.

“The men, who were in uniform and on patrol in a marked police vehicle, on the night in question, allegedly approached the victim and handed him a bottle of alcohol….”

The following is a statement by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in relation to an incident during the lockdown phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, involving four officers in a joint patrol and a homeless man:

(The TTPS did not follow its recent practice of posting photographs of the charged persons.)

Photo: Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.
(Copyright Ministry of National Security)

Two cops and two soldiers were each granted TT$100,000 bail on Friday, after being charged with common assault and misbehaviour in public office.

Police officers, Anthony Alert and Kadeem Cadiz, and soldiers, Kevin Rawlins and Dane Williams, appeared before Justice of the Peace (JP) Stephen Young.

They were charged after investigations were conducted into an incident that occurred on 29 March 2020. The men, who were in uniform and on patrol in a marked police vehicle, on the night in question, allegedly approached the victim and handed him a bottle of alcohol.

They allegedly instructed him to drink it, do push-ups and run alongside the vehicle. One of the men also allegedly pointed a firearm at the victim and threatened to shoot him.

Investigations were conducted into the incident and the men were arrested. They were formally charged on Friday as advised by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The matter was adjourned to 16 September 2020.

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