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Vendor complains of beating by police

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Vendor complains of beating by police

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Bush Hall, St Michael coconut vendor Paul Everton Wilson wants Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin to look into what he calls a clear case of police brutality.Wilson says he was beaten by three policemen during a routine visit he made to a friend’s house in Eckstein Village, St Michael, early Wednesday morning to collect onion bags.The Industry Road resident told the SATURDAY SUN the policemen drove up in a patrol car while he was collecting the bags from the friend’s garage, verbally abused him, forced him into the vehicle and proceeded to beat him.He said they kicked and cuffed him, delivering blows to his head, chest and other parts of the body, opening up a cut above his right eye.This was despite the fact that his friend had spoken up on his behalf and asked the police not to beat him, Wilson remarked.Wilson said the police took him to the Black Rock police station, where he was told he was being charged with assaulting an officer.Police public relations officer, Inspector David Welch, said he would look into the matter.However, he pointed out that Wilson could make a formal complaint to the police’s Office of Professional Responsibility and/or the private Police Complaints Authority,  both of which investigate complaints made against the police. (TY)