5 Grenada police accused in killing awarded bail

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Posted: Jan 06, 2012 11:59 AM
5 Grenada police accused in killing awarded bail

A judge in Grenada has granted bail to five police officers accused of manslaughter in the beating death of a Canadian man.

A judge also ordered them to surrender their passports, report themselves daily to authorities and avoid visiting the police station where they worked.

None of the officers had posted the $37,000 bond as of late Friday morning.

Hundreds of people protested the ruling outside the courthouse.

The policemen are accused of beating to death 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew of Toronto on Dec. 26 after he hugged a plainclothes female officer and lifted her off the ground in front of a police station, apparently confusing her with an old friend.

The suspects are scheduled for a Jan. 27 hearing.