Residents shut down classes
Claims of police brutality:
Nikita Braxton-Benjamin firstname.lastname@example.org
RESIDENTS of Marabella have shut down
a Government-approved developmental class in the area after claiming brutality by armed police officers while the class was in session yesterday.
Members of the agricultural programme said classes will be placed on hold until senior police officers visit the area to review the damage and hear the residents’ complaints.
Members of the class told the Express the windows of the classroom at the pavilion of the basket ball court in Bay Shore, Marabella, were broken and chairs overturned by the officers.
Residents said officers arrived in several ve-hicles at around 11 a.m., and several of the policemen entered the Government-approved class.
Twelve people are registered at the programme and the course is expected to be completed next year.
But residents are now seeking a meeting with the police before they return.
They said yesterday, one of their classmates was accosted and arrested, and cellphones were also destroyed by an officer.
Six children were in the room at the time. One who was in a neck brace and another who recent-
ly underwent surgery to his knees were pushed aside by the police, the residents said.
One officer, they said, fired a gun and threatened residents before three people were arrested from the area.
The students claimed these men were taken into custody for no reason.
They said this is not the first time people living in the area have been harassed by officers from the nearby police station.
Yesterday, they made a report to the Police Complaints Authority. The residents have sought legal advice from attorney Subhas Panday.
Several calls to the police station went unanswered yesterday.