...Man 'slapped by cop' in court
TERRENCE Augustine, the man recorded on video being slapped across the face and arrested by a police officer, appeared in court on Monday charged with resisting arrest, assaulting the officer and using insulting language.
The video recording of the arrest has been posted on several social networking sites and has gone viral.
Augustine, who pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on bail, will today file official complaints with the Police Complaints Authority and the Professional Standards Bureau, a unit of the Police Service that investigates criminal misconduct of police officers.
Augustine's attorney, Cedric Neptune, told the Express yesterday that a verbal complaint had already been made with the PCA and officers from the two State-appointed groups will visit his office today to receive the documents, which include a full statement from Augustine.
Augustine, 43, of St Margaret's Village, Claxton Bay, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan in the San Fernando First Magistrate's Court.
According to the charges, on Independence Day he assaulted constable Richard Kishore to cause actual bodily harm, at St Margaret's Junction, Southern Main Road, St Margaret's, allegedly resisted constable Kishore in the execution of his duty, and used insulting language with intent to provoke people to a breach of the peace.
Neptune told the court his client should not have been brought before the court.
He said that a video had gone viral on social network sites and it showed that "the wrong man is before the court. The police officer should have been charged".
Magistrate Rambachan ordered that Alexander continue on the $20,000 bail he had been granted at St Margaret's Police Station and adjourned the case to October 9.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, National Security Minister Jack Warner said that he had seen the video and called on acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to investigate.