Grenada official demands police brutality inquiry

AP News
Posted: Jan 08, 2012 2:56 PM
Grenada official demands police brutality inquiry

A ruling party lawmaker is calling for Grenada's prime minister to order an inquiry into all allegations of police brutality in recent years.

National Democratic Congress lawmaker Michael Church made the comments Sunday, nearly two weeks after 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew of Toronto was allegedly beaten to death by five police officers.

Bartholomew's relatives say he was beaten 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 five accused officers have been granted bail and are due to appear in court later this month.

Church says Grenadians can only know the extent of police brutality over the last two to three years when an inquiry is completed.