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Jun 10, 2008

Village youth claims police brutality

Story PictureWhile there will be new faces in different places next month at the Police Department, the common allegation of brutality continues to plague the department. According to twenty-seven year old resident of La Democracia Village, Delroy Clarke, on Sunday afternoon he was picked up by two cops and taken to the Mahogany Heights Station where he was beaten, tortured and threatened with death. Today Clarke told us that during the incident the officers questioned him about several stolen items but he insists he is an innocent man.

Delroy Clarke, Alleges Police Brutality
“I don’t know, I’ve never been convicted of any crime before, I don’t know. I get in the vehicle because I know I didn’t do anything. Along the way I telling them, boss you got the wrong man, you got the wrong man but they continue to beat me and they got the wrong man.”

Janelle Chanona
“And what were you subjected to you are saying? What did they use to beat you, you are saying?”

Delroy Clarke
“wah bat, wah aluminum bat and dehn neva stop. Yoh got three more officers stand up by the door and I tell them boss, help me, please help me and none ah dehn move or nothing.”

Janelle Chanona
“And what injuries have you received?”

Delroy Clarke
“I received damage to mi ears, I can’t hear out ah dis ears yah none at all. Ah received injuries to my spine, ih hurt me, I can’t sit down good. And dehn tell me if I go tell anybody or go ker it pan the news dehn wah kill me.”

Janelle Chanona
“So why did you decide, if you are saying they threatened you, to come to the media?”

Delroy Clarke
“Well I have to because out deh inna di village dehn got bout three or four young man weh deh beat already but it look like they no wah do nothing bout it. You dig? But I wah do something bout it because I want justice because this noh supposed to happen.”

Clarke was released on Monday and has subsequently been charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Shotgun and four rounds of Ammunition seized from his home. The young man says the weapon was given to him by a former employer when he worked as a security guard. Clarke says his attempts to file a complaint at the Internal Affairs desk today were unsuccessful so he has taken his case to the Human Rights Office.

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