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COP: Police will investigate any claims of abuse

Commissioner of Police (COP) Anthony Ferguson said yesterday that the force will thoroughly investigate any claims of police brutality.

He was responding to allegations made by the father of a three-year-old boy who was kidnapped over the weekend.

The father, Shavard Bain, said he went to the Central Detective Unit (CDU) on Saturday to share several threatening text messages sent to his phone the day before the kidnapping.

However, he claimed police detained and beat him.

Asked about the claims, Ferguson said, “Let me say, if somebody makes a claim it has to be investigated and at the conclusion of the investigation we will be able to make our findings available.”

Ferguson added, “All cases, once you make a report, the police will investigate.

“Obviously, the investigation is not going to conclude when some people think it ought to conclude.

“We have to be thorough [and] due process has to be taken.

“There [is] not one set of laws for one and one for the other. It’s the same principle.”

Bain was released from CDU around 3 p.m. on Sunday.

“They put two bags on me,” he said at the time.

“They put two Ziploc bags over my head and two guys sat on my chest and started slapping me and punching me.”

There were 245 complaints made against the police in 2018, compared to the 197 in 2017, according to police data. Police said Bain’s son, Shavar, was snatched off his bicycle near his South Beach home on Saturday evening.

Two women grabbed him and put him in a silver car before speeding off, police said.

However, police only reported the matter after media inquiries.

Police said the women dropped the boy off at a wash house on Joe Farrington Road and Fox Hill Road shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday.

Ferguson said police did not have any suspects in custody in relation to the matter.

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Laurent started at The Nassau Guardian in May 2018 as a paginator. He transitioned to reporting in February 2019. Laurent has covered multiple crime stories. He is the author of “Yello”, which was published in February 2019.
Education: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 3rd Year
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