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Youth kidnapped, beaten, dropped off in gang neighbourhood

Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2023. 12:42 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: In another alleged instance of police lawlessness, cops are accused of kidnapping, ruthlessly assaulting and potentially endangering a minor, 16, from the Dean Street area.

On Monday, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams confirmed that an investigation was underway: “I did hear it on the news and PSB [Professional Standards Branch] is looking into it. I will have to check with them and see how far they are with it. I had tasked them to contact the father and see if he’d be willing to give a statement, so that we can do the necessary follow up. I am not sure if that has been done, but I will follow up with them today and see where they are with it.”

The Commissioner added that there have been fewer instances of this type of incident recently, though it used to happen far more often.

The minor told Channel 7 News that he was picked up as he was going to buy at Kickdown Fence across the street and the officers took him to their vehicle and began to attack him. They refused to let him call his father; instead, they took him to a poorly-lit area behind Port Loyola and began to beat him and accuse him of handling a stolen motorcycle. When he denied this, they began to beat him again, he said, and it continued for approximately an hour.

When finished, they took him and dropped him off between Mayflower and Banak Streets, taking his bicycle and saying he could find his way home from there – potentially exposing him to being targeted as a casualty of gang warfare. Fortunately, he met an officer he knew who allowed him to call his father to explain where he had been.

According to the minor, they threatened to frame him and say he had been shot while running away – and it is not his first encounter with police as he had been previously beaten along with a friend.

As to why he was targeted, the minor says his brother “hangs out” with unsavory characters and so he is considered guilty by association.

 

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