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Oct 23, 2017

Mom Blames Cops for Son’s Beating in Blackman Eddy

A twenty-one-year-old man says police brutalized him over the weekend. Shirlene Mai of Blackman Eddy says her son, Tray Ara, was picked up by four cops when he was walking home from a party on Saturday night. She says that Tray was with his brother heading from Unitedville to Blackman Eddy but because they have been targeted frequently, Tray’s brother ran and escaped from the cops but Tray wasn’t as lucky. He was picked up and detained. Mai says when she called to check on her son she was told he was picked up for disorderly conduct but she was shocked to find her son beaten to a pulp with massive head injuries as a result. Ara remains hospitalized and today his mother claimed via phone that San Ignacio police concocted a story about how her son was injured – but she doesn’t believe it because her son said that the cops did it.


On the Phone: Shirlene Mai, Mother

“Maybe Tray mussi mi drunk or something. So, I mussi say deh mussi ker ah fi disorderly conduct because I nuh hear about no robbery or drugs or so. So, I called the station and I talked to Corporal Mendez and I ask ah if deh have wah young man detained there by the name of Tray Ara and he say yes that ih deh deh and so I ask ah what dah the charge and he say deh have ah fi disorderly conduct but he will be released. So, I say he mussi wah come home but I deh home di sit down on the verandah and wah young man come to me and say ‘Shirley, gial, I have bad news fi you’ and he tell me that Tray deh di ker inna the ambulance. I have to try feed my son because he can’t even eat good and I have to tend to him. Today dah mi wah work day fi he. I nuh work and dah he work and take care of me and now this dah wah big hold back because I have to deh deh with he. I can’t imagine what I di go through and I can’t tek this.”


Andrea Polanco

“Miss Shirley, talk to me about the injuries he sustained; where did he get injured?”


On the Phone: Shirlene Mai, Mother

“Both eyes have blood shot – deh swell up. His head have a dent in it and his neck have the cast thing. Now when I talk to Mister Rosado in San Ignacio and deh di claim that dah the prisoner deh beat my son. Now, let’s say dah the prisoners deh beat my son, weh the police deh mi deh when my son di bawl and mussi di cry that deh neva pay them no mind or anything like.”


Andrea Polanco

“Now, did your son tell you where this beating took place; was it inside the police station or in the village?”


On the Phone: Shirlene Mai, Mother

“…in the village. The same thing weh my next son weh run tell me, dah the same thing weh my son tell me again too. It never happened at the police station, no. It happened right in Unitedville.”


Last week a video went viral of police beating a homeless man in San Ignacio. 

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