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Jan 13, 2017

Boy pepper sprayed, others brutalized in G.S.U. Pickstock raid

The Gang Suppression Unit is under fire once again, following allegations of police brutality at the hands of its officers.  Forty-three-year-old Earl Belisle, his girlfriend and their seven-year-old son stopped by our office late this evening to voice their displeasure with the conduct of GSU personnel.  The family was visiting a relative in the Pickstock Street neighborhood when a raid was conducted.  During the commotion, the little boy was returning from a nearby shop when he was reportedly pepper sprayed in the face by a female officer.  According to Belisle, the woman indiscriminately discharged the irritant into a crowd of people, including his son who was unaware of what was taking place.  The incident, says the angry father, was totally uncalled for.


Earl Belisle

Earl Belisle, Alleges Police Brutality

“Today we were at my sister‘s house plaiting my girl‘s hair and I send my son to buy and when I sent my son to buy the policeman they came through the jungle they call Pickstock Street to come and arrest the guys them but they guys were in the park sitting down doing nothing wrong.  All I saw was the policemen came in crowd, put the guys on the ground to lay down and stomped them on their backs and picked them up and took them, but I remembered that I sent my son to the shop to buy so when I went, I told my girl I sent my son to the shop so I ran on the street the same time the policemen were with the crowd of people and I was trying to reach to my son at the same time he was coming behind the people them.  The police girl hauled out a bottle of pepper spray and they just started spraying people for no reason at all.  She sprayed my son in his eye and my son fell on the ground and rolled over bawling.  Right now my son is in pain and to me it‘s senseless because they didn‘t have to do what she did she didn’t have to do because people didn‘t do anything wrong for them to do that to those people.  When we reached to the station to make the report the same crowd of policemen came to the station while a little girl that got sprayed that lives through the hutment was there and she said to the police girl that sprayed the people with spray, ‘Da she chance we.  Da she spray we.”  So she tell di young gial shet up, so when she tell di young gial shet up and di young gial noh shet up, she just beat down di gyal fi no reason at all.  To me how in the world unu want people cooperate with unu if unu di brutalize people fi no reason.  Yes we have bad dudes in the streets; we have bad people, go beat down di bad one dehn, find di bad ones and do bad things to dehn.  Di innocent people you cyant chance fi no reason at all.  When I went to the station to me it is unfair because di crowd ah policeman dehn no even business what we had to say and to we dehn seh we dah nothing.  Dehn sehe di media da nothing mein, ih senseless.”


The sweep reportedly did not yield anything of consequence.

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