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Apr 14, 2015

Did Law Enforcement Officers in Sugar City Physically Abuse O.W. Man?

On Monday evening, a video was uploaded to Facebook showing a police officer and two special constables attempting to handcuff a man and hitting him in the process, resulting in a bloody face. The incident, which happened on Sunday night in Orange Walk Town, shows the civilian, Andres Rodrigues, on the ground appearing to refuse to put on the handcuffs. There was one officer, who at one point, who appeared to be kneeling and trying to turn the man over to slap on the cuffs, while the other officer who was standing appears to strike the man. The video was recorded by Rodrigues’ wife. We spoke with Officer in Charge of the Orange Walk Police, Superintendent Dennis Arnold and he says that one Special Constable will be charged for wounding.

 

Via Phone: Supt. Dennis Arnold, O.C., Orange Walk Police Formation

“The police are investigating that matter and police were supposed to conduct an ID parade, but because of the footage that was shown yesterday, officers refused to go in an ID parade. And this is one of the things that cause problems when the media would do things like that, to show footage of something under police investigation. I have seen the clip and the officer will be charged today and will be taken before the magistrate court for wounding.  The officers were on patrol when they received a call from a complainant that a white was following them. The officers say that while patrolling they saw the white van and while approaching the white van, it sped off. Apparently, this person went to this house and there was where the officers caught up with him. If you’ve viewed the tape then there is nothing that I can say. The person, I am not sure if he was under the influence but what was shown on the tape, which speaks for itself, the person was just refusing to put the handcuff on.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Okay. So, there were two officers in the video that we are talking about. Only one will be charged?”

 

Dennis Arnold

Via Phone: Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Yes, only the one who was shown doing the beating.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And this is a Special Constable attached to the Orange Walk Police?”

 

Via Phone: Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Orange Walk Police, yes.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Was excessive force used, perhaps within their rules of engagement? Or how far is too far in terms of subduing someone or arresting someone?”

 

Via Phone: Supt. Dennis Arnold

“All officers, even the Special Constables, they were taught justifiable force than harm right. So, if the person isn’t fighting back or hitting back with an object, all that should have happened was that the officer should have overpowered him and put on the handcuff and take him. But in that case, he was just refusing to put the handcuff on. And the next officer was beating him and using words to the effect that umm to put on the handcuff.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you’d say excessive force was used in this case?”

 

Via Phone: Supt. Dennis Arnold

“Well, in that case, as the video shows, and I would say, yes, some excessive force was used.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How important is it for police officers and for you, as a senior member of the police, that when we have these instances they are brought to the fore and officers are held accountable?”

 

Via Phone: Supt. Dennis Arnold, O.C., Orange Walk Police Formation

“Well, the other day about a month ago we had media training and the commissioner was clear that whenever officers are doing anything out of the way that members of the public photograph or video tape police officers. They say a picture says a thousand words and that was it. I believe that after today, that officers will know that officers who use excess force will be charged and I don’t want to say that it is an example, but it is definitely going to be one.”

 

According to reports, Rodrigues said his vehicle was parked near a public area and he was sitting inside when three men, unidentified to him at the time, knocked on his van and he thought he was approached by robbers. He said he sped off and went home and that is where the video recording began. He said when he was hit, he was restrained was being restrained for over five minutes by three officers, one police man and two special constables.

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1 Response for “Did Law Enforcement Officers in Sugar City Physically Abuse O.W. Man?”

  1. Reyes says:

    I know of a officer who love to abuse person.i have a video of them. What he did not the first time.beating someone when in handcuff. He should be charge and fired from the police force. Not only him both of them .

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