November 1, 2013
Teen claims ... COPS MADE US BEAT EACH OTHER
Diandra Grandison, Staff Reporter
A mother is currently fuming after her teenage son along with his friends were allegedly accosted, detained, beaten, and made to abuse each other by the police, in downtown Kingston on Monday afternoon.
According to Ms Evans, the explanation that was given for her son and his friends being detained was, "because it was so many of them together that came off the bus and on their way to market."
Her son, 19-year-old Romario Stevens, told THE WEEKEND STAR that he along with eight of his friends had just stepped off a bus in downtown, and were making their way to the market when they were allegedly accosted by the police.
"Dem ask we where we going and one a me fren tell him seh we a go look fi him aunty weh sell ova di market, and den him kick me and bax him and den waa next one kick me inna mi back," he said.
According to Stevens, he and his friends were in the area looking items to purchase for a birthday party for one of his friends.
He added that nine young men aged 15 to 22 were herded into the back of a service jeep and taken to the Darling Street Police Station, but, shortly after, were removed and taken to the Denham Town Police Station.
"Them search we, tek all a we belongings, mek we tek off we belt and shoelaces, and then took us to a cell, about 20 minutes after, them transfer us to Denham Town Police Station."
According to Stevens upon their arrival at the Denham Town Police Station, the abuse continued.
"Dem tell we to tek off our shoes and put our foot on a chair and an officer come in and beat us on our foot."
He said the officer who inflicted the beating was in plain clothes.
He went on to tell THE WEEKEND STAR how he and his friends were subjected to further humiliation and beatings, when they were instructed to harm each other.
"Dem did carry us outside and seh we fi bax each other and then bax us when we nuh do it hot and seh 'a suh yuh fi bax people!'"
He also recounted how one of his friends was given a belt and told to beat another and when he refused, was allegedly beaten all over his body with the said belt by the officer.
Stevens told THE WEEKEND STAR that they were eventually released without being charged on Tuesday night.
Evans told THE WEEKEND STAR that after her son was released, she visited the station to make a formal complaint. She said at first she was snubbed by an officer, but after being persistent, her statement was taken.
She also told THE WEEKEND STAR that after her difficult encounter with the police, she was again snubbed when she went to seek medical attention for her son on Wednesday.
Evans told THE WEEKEND STAR that although the mothers of the other victims are afraid to speak, she is willing to do so in a bid to ward off the police.
A receipt from the Denham Town Police Station confirms that a report had been made of the incident.