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Man who allegedly insulted female officer claims police brutality

-Surveillance footage to tell story
Surveillance footage extracted from RiteWay Food Markets in Pasea Estate will tell its own story on whether or not two police officers used excessive force on Irvin A. Smith after he allegedly made insulting and derogatory comments about a female officer on December 13, 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Surveillance footage extracted from RiteWay Food Markets in Pasea Estate will tell its own story on whether or not two police officers used excessive force on a civilian after he allegedly made insulting and derogatory comments about a female officer on December 13, 2017.

The trial of Long Trench resident Irvin Anthony Smith, who pleaded not guilty to the offence of Indecent Language and Criminal Damage, is ongoing before Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo.

Officer Tishema Smith, who testified before the court on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, said she was conducting a routine traffic stop when she noticed the defendant’s jeep with an invalid registration sticker.

After signalling him to stop, the accused reportedly told her “Ayo doh just see what happened?” referring to the recent passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“Ayo just full of f***. It doh have a grace period?” the defendant reportedly said.

He also allegedly called her a ‘stinking fat bitch’ and asked her to return his driver’s license and continued to be disrespectful despite warnings for him to stop.

Police brutality?

The accused was subsequently placed under arrest, and that’s when things got ‘messy’.

The officer said when her male colleague told the defendant that he was being arrested, he allegedly resisted.

He reportedly questioned the reason for his arrest and said, “Who arresting me? You? You gonna need help.”

Smith said the defendant had pinned her colleague to the ground, and that was when she used pepper spray to subdue him.

Smith testified that during the altercation her colleague officer struck the defendant on his leg and forehead, which inflicted a wound.

Following the scuffle, the defendant reportedly cried out to onlookers that he was being brutalised by the law enforcement officers.

The trial continues on December 5, 2019 when the surveillance footage will be shown in open court.

Attorney Andrew Morrison represents the accused.

12 Responses to “Man who allegedly insulted female officer claims police brutality”

  • NezRez (03/10/2019, 08:39) Like (8) Dislike (16) Reply
    He started out with sympathy after the storm since a lot of our vehicles were in this situation. The cops should have never let it get physical. They should have just called for backup with no altercation because they are supposed to be trained to handle situations like this, and where was their sympathy for our damaged island and vehicles after the hurricanes? Just because you are Police doesn't mean you should not have a heart and you should not use common sense.
    • nonsense (03/10/2019, 10:39) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
      If what I reading is true then he brought it on himself and lucky he didn't get more thrashing. Unless the police got a directive to relax on the charges then they had a job to do. He just needed to remain calm and if taken to court go explain himself. but no he want get dirty with the female cop then resisting arrest. I read he had the male officer pinned to the ground. He would have been dead if was north. We need to respect the officers too and stop acting like bloody hooligans.
    • Jaigon (03/10/2019, 18:16) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      @NezRez, did you even stop to consider how long before the storm his vehicle license had expired? Wait for it, it shall come out in evidence. Lots of people like you and him blaming a lot of things on storm.
    • NezRez (04/10/2019, 17:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

       You cannot curse, insult and threaten the Officers. Yes I had sympathy after the damage from Irma, but I respected the law when they were telling us to fix our cars too.

    • Common sense... (07/10/2019, 16:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      does not come in a can. You cannot use what you do not have. But, it is difficult to respect some of those officers when their attitude is so stink.
  • x (03/10/2019, 09:34) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    If I was a police officer attempting to arrest someone, and they told me I am going to need help, I would use whatever reasonable force necessary.
  • @NezRez (03/10/2019, 10:28) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yes he started looking for sympathy but with the F word along with derogatory remarks. You do not use bad words at a police officer in the execution of their duties. He was getting menacing maybe you weren't there so stop passing judgement.
  • Queen Mary (03/10/2019, 10:31) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    The foreign occupying force contributed to this incident with their lack of empathy common sense and displaced power.
    • No Initimidation (03/10/2019, 11:41) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      She is from right here. He was disrespectful to her. Why is it that men always feel they could intimidate women and try to make them afraid because of their mouth.
  • Bull Dawg (03/10/2019, 14:58) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he had remain calm the court would have given him a chance, especially right after the huge storms, when a number of people were jobless.
    He is too rude and disrespectful.
    Some cops might show themselves at time but all he had to do is just co-operate with them and he may have had a good case.
  • Norris Turnbull (03/10/2019, 19:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    He's an illiterate ingrate jack donkey.
  • Well Sah (05/10/2019, 03:31) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    That had to make them hot and he had the male pinned to the ground? Well sah he really did need help. Wait... come again, what was he being arrested for?

    The officers should have never let it get there whats a little insult when people rude all over.

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