A Canadian man visiting relatives on the Caribbean island of Grenada apparently hugged the wrong woman, and local police allegedly beat him to death for that honest mistake.
That is the story of Oscar Bartholomew as relayed by the Daily Mail, and officials are calling for an inquiry into what appears to have been a sickening overreaction by police officers on the island of Grenada.
On the day in question, Bartholomew stopped at a police station so that his wife, Dolette Cyr, could use the bathroom. At that point, he allegedly mistook a female plainclothes police officer for a friend of his, snuck up behind her, and lifted her off the ground in what was described as a “bear hug.”
“I got you today,” he yelled.
The female officer immediately began screaming “rape” so other officers would come to her aid.
At that point, witnesses say five other officers rushed towards the incident and began to furiously beat Bartholomew, who resisted with kicks as he went to the ground. The vicious beating put him on a coma as he lay dying on the street.
Two autopsies reported that Bartholomew died of severe trauma to the head. The five police officers have been charged with manslaughter, and if convicted, face 15 years in jail.
Bartholomew’s death has sparked outrage on the tiny Caribbean island as citizens have claimed police brutality is a systemic, commonplace occurrence. An inquiry has been started to investigate Grenadian police brutality over the last several years.
(H/T: Daily Mail)