|Tobago cops under probe |
KINNESHA GEORGE Friday, February 17 2017
THREE police officers from Tobago Division are under investigation for allegedly capturing video images of a prisoner seeking medical treatment, uploading the video to social media and claiming in the post that the man was bitten in his genital by a schoolgirl whom he had sexually assaulted.
The investigations comes two days after Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi stated his intention to bring legislation to Parliament to deal with the proliferation of false and misleading information on social media fora which could lead to public outrage, fear, hate and/or panic.
The man, deemed a ‘high risk’ prisoner, was as brought to Tobago to attend court and while inside the Scarborough Magistrates courthouse, he complained of feeling unwell. The man was taken to Scarborough General Hospital under armed police escort.
While being examined by a doctor, it is alleged that a policemen recorded the examination using his cellular phone.
The recording was uploaded to social media with the tag stating the man was being treated for a bite to his penis caused by a schoolgirl while he was forcing her to perform a sex attack.
The post was shared hundreds of times and most comments focused on condemning the prisoner, with some commentators saying doctors should castrate him.
Contacted for comment, Head of Tobago Division Snr Supt Joanne Archie said, “The information that it is an attempted rape is not true.
The fact is, the man was seeking medical attention and someone recorded the examination and this is what we are investigating right now.” An email was sent by Newsday to Ag Chief Executive Officer of the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) Godwyn Richardson for a comment, was not answered.
Speaking last Sunday following an interfaith service at the auditorium of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation’s Administrative Complex, Ag Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams condemned “fake news” on social media saying this could give the wrong impression of Trinidad and Tobago to an international social media audience.