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Feb 12, 2019

Well-Known Barbecue Vendor Bart Sanchez is Pepper Sprayed by GSU

Bart Sanchez

Former basketball athlete and popular barbecue vendor, Bart Sanchez is reporting a case of police brutality at the hands of officers attached to the Gang Suppression Unit. Now, Sanchez is not linked to any gang in the city, but claims he was harassed when he picked up his phone to video GSU officers taking a person into custody at the Mahogany Street precinct. With red running eyes, Sanchez recounts the ordeal that led to him being pepper sprayed and hit in the head. The cops also went through his phone before he was released.

 

Bart Sanchez, Pepper Sprayed by GSU

“I was leaning against a traffic sign and I pull out my phone and I was about to record when a couple of them came over and wanted to take away the phone. I was restraining so one of them pepper sprayed me in my face. And then they took away my phone, took me to the station and asked me for my Gmail account, went into my Whatsapp, checking my messages when they were supposed to be looking for a video. Put me on the ground, hit me in the face. I think what they did was uncalled for. I guess it was something serious; that’s what they were saying. I could get kill for this, I di play with my life. And then when they check my album, no video. So they did all this for nothing. They know I am a businessman; they come and buy food from me. I was telling them mien I was just about to record. I wasn’t hiding anything, I was telling the truth. So they went in my phone and they didn’t have to do that. All of that was uncalled for, unnecessary treatment.”

 

Duane Moody

“So what now are you going to do? Are you going to lodge a complaint against the GSU officers?”

 

Bart Sanchez

“Well most definitely because if I don’t lodge a complaint, then I might want take it upon myself. So I gwen dah hospital when I left from here and I gwen go try meet up with Chester cause it noh right.”


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