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Saturday, April 1, 2017
Senior cop warns juniors of posting videos of suspects:
An unidentified man uses his mobile phone to record a video from a prison cell while in custody. The video was shared hundreds of times on social media.

Deputy Police Commissioner Wayne Dick says that anyone caught posting videos of prisoners inside a prison cell on social media while being held at the police stations will be held accountable for their actions.

Recently, two videos of suspects being held inside a police station cell were posted on social media.

However, many questions were raised about who was responsible for the cellphones being brought inside the cell at the police stations.

On one page alone, one of the videos was shared over 500 times and viewed by 40,000 users.

In a brief interview yesterday, Dick denied that the suspects in one of the videos were from Enterprise, Chaguanas.

Dick said that investigations were ongoing to determine the source of the videos.

“Yes, investigations are being conducted to ascertain the origin of those videos.”

He said if police officers were involved in facilitating the videos they would be held responsible.

“For those police officers, if anyone is responsible they will definitely feel the wrath of the disciplinary process and be made an example if accountable,” he said.

In one of the videos, a prisoner showed 15 prisoners being kept inside a cell.

He claimed to be a resident from the Enterprise community in Chaguanas and was innocent of allegations made.

Recently, some 12 men were arrested causing residents of the area to protest at the corner of Tobago and the Old Southern Main Road at Lendore Village.

The prisoner went live on social media complaining of the conditions inside the cell.

He videotaped some 15 men crowded inside a cramped, dark area.

The prisoner showed the toilet facilities and water running freely from a pipe.

Several of the men were asleep on the ground, some were awake and one was on another cellphone.

“Look how the commissioner have we. Is 15 of we they hold, we not killing nobody in Chaguanas. They catch we and say we is terrorist,” he said.

In a separate incident, the second video posted displayed a lone prisoner inside a cell who was apparently moaning in pain.

The video was allegedly taped by a police officer at a station.

In the video the police officer was heard using obscene language several times while asking the prisoner his name and age.

“I don’t want to hear about your sister and you want to play badman? You must stop fight with the police. This is the Hyatt, lie down dey,” the police officer was heard saying.


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