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Tasing of homeless man by police caught on camera

- police come under fire on social media
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has come under fire on social media for tasing a homeless man who was on the ground at the time and did not appear to be of any threat to police. Photo: Team of Reporters
Matthew W. Hart, the man tased by police on April 11, 2020, has been charged with Breach of Curfew and Theft. Team of Reporters
Matthew W. Hart, the man tased by police on April 11, 2020, has been charged with Breach of Curfew and Theft. Team of Reporters
Police Commissioner Mr Michael B. Matthews has not publicly commented on the two tasing incidents by police but said his officers will continue to enforce the curfew. Photo: VINO/File
Police Commissioner Mr Michael B. Matthews has not publicly commented on the two tasing incidents by police but said his officers will continue to enforce the curfew. Photo: VINO/File
In the video, the homeless man is heard trying to explain to the officer that he had a surgery to his crutch which prevents him from lying fully on his tummy. Photo: Team of Reporters
In the video, the homeless man is heard trying to explain to the officer that he had a surgery to his crutch which prevents him from lying fully on his tummy. Photo: Team of Reporters
The incident comes on the heels of a young man from Long Look, Tortola, accusing officers of the RVIPF of using a stun gun on him 'for no reason' on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
The incident comes on the heels of a young man from Long Look, Tortola, accusing officers of the RVIPF of using a stun gun on him 'for no reason' on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
Yakeem Frett, 23, has accused ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) of tasing him unnecessarily. Photo: Facebook
Yakeem Frett, 23, has accused ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) of tasing him unnecessarily. Photo: Facebook
Tasers, also called 'electrical control devices,' are used by law enforcement, with the intention to help subdue resistant suspects without physical contact or the use of firearms. Photo: The Florentine
Tasers, also called 'electrical control devices,' are used by law enforcement, with the intention to help subdue resistant suspects without physical contact or the use of firearms. Photo: The Florentine
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Three days after a video of a police officer tasing a young man in Long Look began circulating on social media, raising concerns in some sections of society, a video is now being shared on social media showing a police officer tasing a homeless man who was on the ground and not appeared to be posing a threat to police at the time.

Police under fire again

While most have praised the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) for ensuring members of the public comply with the mandated round-the-clock lockdown, some have hurled criticisms at the RVIPF for seemingly using unnecessary force in some situations.

According to reports on the latest incident, which occurred around 5:00pm in Road Town, Tortola, on Saturday, April 11, 2020, police had received a report that known destitute Matthew W. Hart was seen in public with a case of beers which was suspected to have been stolen.

The young police officer on patrol in the area at the time responded and noticed Hart in the vicinity of Virgin Queen with the said case of beers.

An attempt was allegedly made to stop the man; however, the suspect immediately dropped the beers and started running.

Man tased while on ground

According to information from well-placed sources in the RVIPF, the police officer chased Mr Hart and shot him with a taser in the process but the suspect kept on running.

While in the area of Scatliffe Alley aka ‘The Ghetto’, Mr Hart allegedly fell to the ground.

In the video, the homeless man, while almost prostrate, is heard telling the officer he had a surgery in his groin area which prevents him from lying fully on his tummy.

The officer repeatedly told Mr Hart not to move.

And, according to the video clip, even as the man remained on the ground, although not motionless, he was tased a second time.

“Do not move, you funny, you funny,” the police was heard shouting after tasing Mr Hart.

Homeless man

Infuriated by the incident, several persons called our newsroom to vent. “What about the use of video evidence in these times? Everybody knows Matthew is a homeless guy. The place on lockdown with no sure way of him getting food and so on, it’s obvious he would be in survival mode,” one man stated as he blasted the actions of the police.

He added, “I am not condoning him stealing but it is what they will do, the system has failed them. Just like the system is obligated to feed to fat them murderers in Balo [Her Majesty,s Prison] they are obligated to the destitute among us. You know you cannot get them to stay in a home because we do not have that type of home built here in the BVI.”

He suggested: “Red Cross got loads and loads of foodstuff. Get an established place that they can go and get three square meals a day and some Schaefer beers because, like it or not, that is what will keep them from molesting peoples’ homes, coming begging.”

The man, who chose to remain anonymous, was also of the opinion that the RVIPF needs to properly train officers to think quickly in certain situations.

“You know he going to run, pull out your cell phone, videotape him. If you get a report of a break and enter with missing beers you have evidence. Chase Matthew down like in a hunting movie and tase him twice, once while he obviously had no way of escaping with you right up on him, you more for hold and aiming your gun like you using him as a training target,” the upset man stated.

‘I have not seen the video’- CoP Matthews

Police Commissioner, Mr Michael B. Matthews declined to comment on the incident, saying he had not viewed the video clip.

“I have not seen the video and would make no comment as most if not all social media videos only show half the story.”

Mr Matthews said; however, police did arrest an alleged curfew breaker suspected of committing theft.

“I can confirm a person is in custody being investigated for suspected theft and breach of curfew,” Mr Matthews told our newsroom this morning, April 12, 2020.

Young man tased in Long Look

The incident comes on the heels of a young man from Long Look, Tortola, accusing officers of the RVIPF of using a stun gun on him “for no reason” on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Yakeem Frett, 23, has since been charged with Breach of Curfew and Escape of Lawful Custody.

In a brief video clip sent to our newsroom, a male police officer is seen firing his taser gun at Frett, who was standing close to the door of a police vehicle.

There was also a female police officer handling Frett, who seemed to be handcuffed but did not appear to be resisting arrest in the 6-second video clip.

A WhatsApp video then began circulating with Frett showing burn marks in his rib area and legs, allegedly from being tased.

‘My officers will continue to enforce the law’

Mr Matthews had also declined to comment specifically on the matter.

“Generally speaking the communities have been supportive and a vast majority compliant but we are still finding those few individuals who think the law and the curfew does not apply to them.

“It’s a sad fact that some individuals (a clear minority) are being reckless and putting us all at risk. My officers will continue to enforce the law as laid down under the Curfew Act and I ask everyone to help and work with us by staying at home and not be tempted after a few days to venture out whilst the curfew still remains,” Mr Matthews had told Virgin Islands News Online.

The 24-hour lockdown in place to prevent community spread of COVID-19 expires on April 16, 2020 but is expected to be extended to April 19, 2020 to allow for a full 14-day quarantine period.

What is a Taser & how does it work?

Tasers, also called "electrical control devices," are used by law enforcement, with the intention to help subdue resistant suspects without physical contact or the use of firearms.

Tasers are designed to produce a low-level shock that temporarily immobilizes someone, making it easier to apply handcuffs. Once heralded as “nonlethal,” Tasers are now marketed as “less-lethal” — less likely to result in death than guns.

Taser guns can leave small burn marks on the skin from two prongs that deliver the jolt of electricity.

When an officer pulls the trigger, two wires with probes on the ends are released and become embedded in the person’s body. Each trigger pull results in a 5-second burst of electricity. Holding down the trigger results in a continuous flow of electricity.

The devices also can be placed flush against the skin in what is known as a "drive stun." This causes pain rather than temporary paralysis and is used to get people to follow officers' commands.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Guidelines by the Police Executive Research Forum state that "exposure longer than 15 seconds (whether continuous or cumulative) may increase the risk of serious injury or death and should be avoided."

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87 Responses to “Tasing of homeless man by police caught on camera”

  • Guest (12/04/2020, 11:44) Like (44) Dislike (8) Reply
    And this BVI is potentially why these nuts cannot get guns 24 -7 on their hips because some will just be itching to use them.
    • @guest (12/04/2020, 21:12) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
      Silly comment because the guys in both videos were already armed. They are finally acting like Police Officers instead of a bunch of wimps.
    • smdh (13/04/2020, 11:54) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      That guy is a general nuisance and always outside Bobbies. He was outside during the curfew and up to mischief. One taseing isn't going to stop him from looking for trouble. He needs to be confined.
  • Thanks (12/04/2020, 11:49) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    yea mr commissioner!
  • So (12/04/2020, 11:58) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    Them men dangerous...
    • Blackjack (14/04/2020, 09:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is time ayo start respecting the police . Everytime someone try putting order in this island ayo start to talk bad against them . Ayo not seeing how ayo children keep dying in the streets
  • son of the soil (12/04/2020, 12:01) Like (32) Dislike (27) Reply
    I think the police commissioner is starting to loose his credibility in the BVI, maybe he has wore out his welcome
    • @ son of the soil (12/04/2020, 14:06) Like (19) Dislike (17) Reply
      I must agree he has gotten to comfortable and arrogant time for he to go!!!!!
      • ? (12/04/2020, 21:22) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
        Please tell me what has helped you come to the conclusion he is arrogant? Just trying to understand.
        • Eyes on!!! (14/04/2020, 08:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          For a man who is always asking the public to say what they see. He never see nothing. This man has no regards for people here. Some of these young officers are over doing it. If they had guns he would shoot i presume.
    • eyes on you (13/04/2020, 16:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Any one not from here has overstayed their welcome for your part. Find some work to do instead of being on these news sites spreading your hate. You are a disgrace.
  • W T F (12/04/2020, 12:03) Like (29) Dislike (9) Reply
    dont worry them aint tase the right person yet
    • Blackjack (14/04/2020, 09:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      And what would you do . You piece of s... set of blockheads that's y this island so lawless
  • musa (12/04/2020, 12:05) Like (30) Dislike (13) Reply
    the BVI must now move to locking up police officers for police brutalities, if we going have a discussion about independence
    • @ musa (12/04/2020, 13:42) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply

      locking up police for brutality will happen once the current commissioner or the governor have anything to do with the justice system in the British Virgin Islands?

  • TheCode (12/04/2020, 12:11) Like (38) Dislike (5) Reply
    I am not condoning the man's alleged behavior but those officer's fingers are seemingly itchy. He was on the ground and defenceless, totally unnecessary.
    • @ the code (12/04/2020, 12:31) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
      this person dont even have toothpick that can pose a danger to the police, he is defenseless while being tased...
      • @@the code (13/04/2020, 04:08) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
        His whole being could potentially be a deadly weapon
        He was being subdued,from a distance ,as is warranted during a pandemic.
        A taser or a bullet are the options.
  • AGAIN!? (12/04/2020, 12:12) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    What if these officers had gun budday, we was salt
  • Windy (12/04/2020, 12:14) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Maybe he’s laying on the ground because he just got tased. It’ll do that to you.
  • DPP Chambers (12/04/2020, 12:27) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    just another local, why all the fuss and the head of police will condone the conduct of his officers
  • eyes (12/04/2020, 12:31) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Officer in the BVI should know by now who are homeless and harmless by now ,it seems to me that they are using this lockdown to take advantage of people this surely shows that these officers are not train and qualify to have teasers . I will this to officers the BVI is a sleeping lion that you dont want to wake up be very careful who you go around teasing think before you act not because you have the power means its the right thing to do, to every action there is a reaction.
  • Outsider (12/04/2020, 12:32) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr COP snitch, hope you know where and WHAT your officers doing in residential areas during this curfew time. And civilians MUST stay inside. I can't go down the road for a bottle of pipe water but dem could house visit dem buddies to party. I AINT SNITCHING ON MY NEIGHBOURS! We MUST live by examples
  • HAHA (12/04/2020, 12:46) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    One of our biggest problems is that most of the police are foreigners, most of which are new to the Virgin Islands. They couldn't name 3 bays in the V.I. They should have known that Matthew is an addict and chances of him listening fully to them were slim due to his condition. I have no problem with them tasing criminals for non compliance but tasing Matthew is like tasing a Retarded person. A different approach for different situations should have been used in this case.
    • Well (12/04/2020, 14:01) Like (19) Dislike (57) Reply
      I live here all my life and dono tknow who Matthew is nor hus societal standing nor his criminal record and do not give one iota. Mathew displayed criminal behaviour which warranted appropriate police action . Police are not social workers. If Mathew is incapacitated due to his self influcted and expensive drug habit,then he must have designated guardainship by a relative or other to monitor him and keep him in check otherwise he will be treated like any adult.
      • HAHA (12/04/2020, 16:49) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
        Police in all parts of the world preach about getting to know the people in their community as part of their plans to effectively do their job and reduce the shoot first ask, question later mindset that a lot especially in the US exhibit . The point that you said you dont care (give one iota) just shows your ignorance. Imagine telling a deaf person to stop, you dont know that person so you would assume that he is ignoring your command. You shoot that person you are opening the door for a lawsuit. If they understand that Matthew isn't normal then you can make a better assessment of how to approach him. You would know that the guy is unstable and instead of telling him not to move you would apprehend him while you have the upper hand while he's on the ground. Trying to make him stop moving is useless like talking to a child they might stop for a while then they will look you in the eyes and try the same thing again. Not because they mean to be troublesome but because they cant help it or know no better. Tasing a "parra" man while he's on the ground isn't acceptable in the BVI. I'm sure if the video continued it would show that tasing him didn't stop him from moving. It probably made him move more in pain and after it subsided he was back to trying to get up.
      • eyes (13/04/2020, 07:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Its seems as if you are an officer but let it be known keep defending abuse of power and when you mess with the wrong person family make sure you can bear whats next. A uniform a taser do make you superman remember that think before you act some of you come here with your nasty behavior and we know for sure you all dont like BVI people you all here for the money and we witness the one side things that you display with your country man and the natives . We dont want to our home become like next door years ago under the afro tree something happened to some officers that they were supermen they were tamed and acted accordingly .
    • Legalize (12/04/2020, 16:57) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      When they free the weed then we will get local officers. Its money hungry officers that want to be on the side of babylon soldiers oppressing the people upholding unjust anti-biblical laws. Keeping it real.

      I give unto you all herb bearing seed. Open your bible.
    • @HAHA (12/04/2020, 23:18) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with u
      But anyone would know he’s homeless no excuse for this officer
      He prob didn’t think he’d be on camera and the world would see the advantage what was being done .
  • wise up (12/04/2020, 12:47) Like (31) Dislike (17) Reply
    Don’t understand people STAY HOME MEANS STAY HOME SHOOT THEM ASS YEA,when the police don’t there job is a problem and when the dont is still a problem jeseeseee
  • Schuips (12/04/2020, 12:52) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
    Keep tasing. Talking threatening cajoling has proven to be noneffective.
    Thiefing ,and ignoring curfew and lockdown due to a deadly pandemic warrants extreme corrective action by law enforcement. Some of us value our lives.

  • yess (12/04/2020, 12:58) Like (18) Dislike (10) Reply
    Good for him Matthew have become a nuance in the community and people entertaining him and recording him making it a joke. He have enough sense
  • 6 pack (12/04/2020, 13:33) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    When I have nothing to eat, I just grab a case of beer...yeah, sounds about right.
  • Real shit no gimmiks (12/04/2020, 13:41) Like (7) Dislike (18) Reply

    Ain't no police gonna taser me or put a gun in my face n get away with it 

  • tretretrete (12/04/2020, 13:43) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
    If the individuals had stayed home this Won’t have happened. Just stay home
    • @hmm (12/04/2020, 15:35) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Ya hear he went to Grab a set of nails to build the house
    • @ hmmm (12/04/2020, 18:36) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Which part of homeless u dont understand u donkey, you should of finish school and done
  • Disturbing (12/04/2020, 14:35) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    my wife and family moved back home after 40 years in USA where police brutality is the norm. Can the pictures of these Police be published and will these police men in question be removed from active duty pending an investigation. Can the people of the territory expect a press briefing on these two tasing or does the police department function under its own bylaws. will the people hear anything from any of the 13 elected officials surrounding the operations and conduct of police in our country
  • Gandalf (12/04/2020, 14:38) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Surgery to his groin but he can run?
  • Homeless? (12/04/2020, 15:03) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Maybe he has no place to live and could have been hungry. Tasing is very painful, and to be used irresponsibly is very concerning.
  • legal team (12/04/2020, 15:39) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I consider myself an advocate for law enforcement authorities all over the world,but it must be noted that every individual have fundamental human rights and freedoms guaranteed under bvi constitution.

    It matters not,if a person is a "vagrant"-"homeless"-"parrow", we are all human beings as classified in our constitution.

    Generally,I like to blogg on the real facts and circumstances of a case,but it is freightening if the video displayed by this news site depict the facts,as implied.

    Yes,the video shows an officer pointing what appeared to be a gun.

    but,was it in use at the time? I don't know.I cannot tell from the video

    According to the news site,the information came from inside source [police officer] telling on another officer.

    wow, that's very interesting..
  • REA (12/04/2020, 15:39) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    That's only a small view of what these police are actually doing. The society they create wont be a pretty one if someone doesn't give it some attention.

    Seem as if the power higher up told them 0 tolerance but they so ignorant that they can only mediate a situation with aggression.

    Don't forget alot of these cops were recruits from supermarkets, gas station, restaurants, bars. No bash or anything. But policing bigger than issuing a ticket and arresting.

    These police have a target on Young people head. But they got that younger generation deal with (7yrs-19 yes)
    • my dear watson (12/04/2020, 16:34) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply

      @ rea: retaliation is a very serious factor in a developing society: It can be very difficult for some of us to accept oppression by police in our territory: should the commissioner of police allow these aggressive tactics by mostly foreign personnel one might have a greater matters in our country. mr matthew will simply jump on british airways leaving our beloved country with police against citizen. Most of the gun squad is from outside of the territory so shooting us is a no brainer, most of beat and patrol are non nationals so tasing us is a no brainer: any old peace of sh!t can come here and wear the police uniform: look at facts, no arm robbery is solved, no update on unsolved murders: the serious crime in our country continue to be unsolved and no one including those we have voted for ask the commissioner any questions: house of assembly is on Thursday give a listen and prove me wrong: we afraid to upset the w.... boys!!!! I did come to this country by boat or plane

  • concern (12/04/2020, 15:39) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is this force necessary. Why is the government allowing the abuse or our people. We suffer through slavery and we must still have to deal with This kind of police brutality. Calling on the government to take a stand for its people against police brutality.
    • Really (12/04/2020, 16:28) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
      The premier say stay home so stay your ass home. Some of you think you are above the frigging law. Because it's a local and police not from here ayo have a problem but let it had been Callwood doing the teasing ayo wouldn't say a dam thing. Follow the damn law and nothing like this would happen. Period
      • Really (12/04/2020, 18:05) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
        better to be tased by your fellow country-man than some foreigner. go where you from & tase your own citizens but you can't make the grade in your own country so BVI becomes the dumping ground your rejects: the labor department have change some the rules one female was pumping gasoline now in BVI police department
  • son of the soil (12/04/2020, 15:55) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is alarming I am concern about our homeless and less fortunate in this community police your job is to protect and serve
    When this is done to the less fortunate the government need to step in and take action. This is unjustified.
  • I don't know (12/04/2020, 15:57) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    This young man don't have any relative and because he is homeless that gives him the right to thief and look what he thief all over the world there are stiff penalty's for braking cafu only in Tortola those police should just left them do as they want period
  • VIP drop the ball (12/04/2020, 16:26) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    The health minister should've make sure people like this guy was taken care of during the lock-down period
  • legal team (12/04/2020, 16:39) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply

    The legal team looked at the law in the Police Act,CAP 165,laws of the virgin islands, section 4

    [Ojects of the force]

    "(1) The objects of the force are-

    (a) the maintenance of law and order;

    (b) the preservation of peace

    (c) the defence of the territory from internal aggression or threats thereof;

    (d) the protection of life and property

    (e) the prevention and detection of crime;and

    (f) the enforcement of all laws that is required to enforce".

    " (2) In the performance of the performance of the functions specified in subsection (1) a member of the force may be issued with and may carry and use for lawful purposes such arms and ammunition as the C.O.P or,in his absence,a DCP may authorize".

    My mind is buggling,just trying to make sense of the action by the officer.

    Based on his training,did he act justifiably?

    Because,failing to adhere to the verbal instructions of a police officer of "show your hands,and don't move" is considered,resisting arrest,and could warranty the use of reasonable force to stop the resistance.

    But in this particular case,you have a known mentally challenged person,who was on the ground,and appeared to be non-violent or aggressive.

    As a legal team who believes in justice,that's what buggling my mind.

    One love bvi.stay safe bvi.

  • voiceofreason (12/04/2020, 16:42) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rightfully there is outrage as based on what I have seen on the video the Officer clearly used excessive force. Yes Matthew broke the curfew and allegedly stole some beers but he was on the ground, possibly due to being tased already and yes he was on his side not face down. He clearly stated several times why he could not be on his stomach yet he was tased again. The officer is twice his size. The officer could have asked for him to show his hands. Looks excessive to me to use the taser again.

    Even if we are to assume that the Officer does not know Matthew is an addict the facts still show that the force was unwarranted.

    However the outrage is warranted but where was this when the Dominican Republic Santo Hernandez was killed not tasered, yes killed by the Police? He was an alleged murderer on the run and the police killed him and there was an investigative report, the outcome of which was never made public. Where was the outrage then? Instead we just saw comments like he deserved it, he was despicable, murderer eg.

    Every single person regardless of his or her alleged crime, his or her crime, his or her race, his or her nationality have rights. Yet we treated this Man with scorn for his alleged deeds and the Police were not held accountable. Today for me, tomorrow for you.

    Fortunately this one is on video and on social media but will anything become of this? Doubtful. Another investigative report whose findings will probably never be found? Who to blame? We the people.
  • Nut (12/04/2020, 17:05) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    We bvi islander believe we could do what we want all the time. We so lucky so far from the Corona virus..
    • @ Nut (12/04/2020, 18:52) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
      You are not a BV Islander. Neither am I but their is too much hating of the BVI Islanders by expat. The hate that is spewed daily on these blogs by expat is cause for concern. Get out the people place if you hate them so much.
      • wise up (13/04/2020, 11:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        People like u and SOME others BVi Islanders is why the world how it is PURE HATE AGAINS OTHER HUMANS FOR WHAT MONEY AND FAME,we all have same blood and just trying to survive this life.
    • The tock (13/04/2020, 09:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      We are bless not lucky
  • got it (12/04/2020, 18:11) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    I don't care who you are playing crazy or not he was in right mind because he could tell the officer his condition. He was given a command and fail putting that officer life in danger they have family and would love to return home after work. Mat. Was being disobedient point blank I thought the officer was very patient with him remember a thief is a killer keep this in mind never wants to be caught so stop this noise wrong is wrong and right is right.
  • Bvi soft (12/04/2020, 18:32) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
    That police needs to be fired where is the outradge???
  • Attempted Murder (12/04/2020, 18:56) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    An inividual pointing a gun at you is no different than this person disobeying a preventative Gov mandate during a pandemic. Both of them are potential deadly actions.
  • Ayo (12/04/2020, 18:56) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Leave the commissioner alone , Tortola will never get a better one . Only the criminals and their friends and family want him to go..
    • @ ayo (12/04/2020, 20:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Trust me there are many in the force who wants his head he only listens to a select few
  • Gandalf (12/04/2020, 19:56) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Man - there is so much wrong with all this!

    Police videoing police and sending it out to media.
    Gut out during curfew.
    Stealing beer (not food) during curfew.
    Can't lay on his belly because of surgery to his groin.
    Homeless yet can get surgery but left out for the curfew.
    Groin surgery and can run from Police, but no lay on belly.
    Police excessive force, but the video does not tell the full story
    Homeless left to wander during curfew like they do not matter.

    We all jumping to conclusions, attacking one another, on race, BVIslander, down island man, on and on.

    I shake my head at it all! Sad times, and the new dawn has yet to bring the light to see what we all have left in the coming new day!
    • :) (13/04/2020, 01:53) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      He stole and he probably never had surgery I don’t know but what I can say is that Matthew is a crackhead. The video shows that while he was making body movements he was clearly no threat to the officer. You are only supposed to use the taser when they are being aggressive. The man was on the ground at a distance where he couldn’t be of no harm to the officer. The video shows this. There is nothing else that is missing that would justify the actions of the police officer.
  • feelings (12/04/2020, 20:19) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    " Who don' t hear does feel " was a refrain I heard over and over gowing up in these islands.
    I think Matthew would agree.
  • Really (12/04/2020, 20:34) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply

    The CoP has not seen the video what everybody else see? And then chatting nonsense that Matthew thinks the curfew doesn’t apply to him! Why he didn’t take Matthew to stay by him? From on the radio talking nonsense and sounding DUMB.

  • Someone's Child (12/04/2020, 20:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    People will say a lot of negative stuff because it is Matthew (the homeless man). Remember though that he is someone's son. While I do not have a problem with the police doing their job. My issue is with the person taping him being tased. If you saw him from all the way down by Virgin Queen whey didn't they pull out their phones and started taping from them so the story then don't look one sided. It almost seems as if they were happy to taser him. Another thing is if the officer or whomever tapped it, why is it now in the public hands circulating. It should have stayed on his/her phone but nooooo so now they have to take the heat. A lot of information getting out to the public comes from right inside the police force so why should people trust them and help them?
  • Wake Up People (12/04/2020, 20:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    So you treat people like shit then get on radio and spin it be aware of mike m
  • craziness (12/04/2020, 21:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of you sound stupid, the definition of a homeless person, is not having a home. Where do you want the homeless to stay if they don’t have no home. Majority of the homeless persons depend on the people in the community to take care of them. Something should have been in place for them during this lockdown. Nonsense, someone said they did the same thing to the guy who climbs the coconut trees. It’s wrong they have no home.
  • Miss Cleo (12/04/2020, 21:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • please (12/04/2020, 21:20) Like (16) Dislike (10) Reply
    If the Police do their jobs it's a problem. If they don't do their jobs it's a problem. There just is no pleasing you people messon. Sick of you all now.
  • Greg (12/04/2020, 21:25) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    1) If the man is homeless, how can he be breaking curfew since he lives outside?
    2) If the man dropped the beer and was running away, the officer's life was not being threatened.
    3) If the man stated he couldn't lay flat because of surgery, I believe him because neither can I because of surgery.
    4) If the man is guilty for stealing beer, he should be arrested. Two officers could have subdued him w/o tasing.
    5) Either way, both of them are in the wrong and this must be corrected. Mental people cannot be left alone roaming the streets during a pandemic without shelter and food to eat. I blame government for not thinking of these unfortunate people before putting a curfew. All in all people, for now follow the law and stay safe.
    • @Greg (13/04/2020, 02:04) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Distancing also applies to the Police. He was subdued using a taser from an acceptable distance,protecting both Mathew and the Police. He wasn't shot and killed which was an alternative....same as if Matthew had a gun pointed at them,,in this atmosphere of presumed contagious, life is endangered .

      • Greg (13/04/2020, 09:50) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ @Greg...At #4 you said distancing also applies to the Police. Well, after they tased him, they went and put their hands on him to arrest him and take him to the station anyway. They weren't protecting themselves or him. So tell me again, how was it distancing?
  • Aru (12/04/2020, 22:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Could stay there and talk about expra beviland caronia don't want to know where d hell u from all of us under lock down (seen)
  • Was it the CGB beast ? (12/04/2020, 23:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’m my lifetime I’ve never seen RVIO behave this way it’s upsetting and worrying.

    What is the commissioner saying
    I hope he and d other officer is immediately suspended without pay and investigated.

    They bringing their beast attitude here not tolerated.

    Mind you I commend them
    When they do their jobs but this I cannot or will not tolerate.

    Everyone whom
    knows this homeless man knows he’s not aggressive at no time and for no reason.

    I call on the Comisioner to Weed out these officers.

    What happened to the other officers?
    Soo many island man officers worked here and whilst they did their jobs this was never the case and they was well mannered and professional.

  • . (13/04/2020, 00:04) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tasing a handcuffed person and another for moving his head while laying on the ground is unacceptable
  • The Reaper (13/04/2020, 01:50) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    U know what,I was praying for something bad too happen To The world.Finally... my pray has been Answer.O Heavenly Father. am down on my knees not begging u please,but asking u,Take your world back....We are no Good ,Each and every last one of Us are Sinners...
  • no justice no peace (13/04/2020, 02:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    The sad part is the Uk police boss can get away with this

  • pat (13/04/2020, 02:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We can’t go independent with police misconduct the police must be arrested NoW
  • reality (13/04/2020, 08:25) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Did he get the surgery after or before he broke the business place and stole the beer

    Are we still on curfew

    He broke curfew to steal

    Just checking
  • BS (13/04/2020, 08:30) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I can see a whole set of new problems being made developed surrounding the topic of the abuse of police powers if the premier does not stay on his 'proactive' trend and address this concern immediately!!! The officers clearly lack training and understanding, they are growing more confident in acting outside their powers because they will be defended? Leave that ish outside the BVI. You think this ish would fly in the UK? Hell No!! So why these UK officers/commissioner allowing this here. Open up your eyes people... They allowing the officers to do to you what they wish they could do to you themselves. Black-on-Black ignorant society. And SHAME ON THE OFFICER INVOLVED IN THIS FOOLISHNESS... KARMA WILL BE YOUR DOWNFALL. The government of the virgin islands need to act now to stop this foolishness!!!
  • reality (13/04/2020, 08:34) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Did he get the surgery after or before he broke the business place and stole the beer

    Are we still on curfew

    He broke curfew to steal

    Just checking
  • by the way (13/04/2020, 08:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    He’s not homeless. He has pretty decent place actually. There was a video of him giving someone a tour of where he lives, being sent around a few months back.
    • wow (13/04/2020, 12:11) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      The issue isn't really about whether he has a home or not but how is Mathew going to pay rent or afford to be in a pretty decent place? Who give him the place? Who would really allow a crackhead to stay with them. Crackheads will sell their own mother to satisfy their urge. Matthew was alleging stealing so regardless of any circumstance he should have been arrested by police. That is well established. The problem is what happens while Matthew is on the ground. Lie face down on the dirt and see how long you can hold your position. The police was being unreasonable and that was rookie move. He should have apprehended Matthew while there was no threat. Arrest the man right away. Tasing the man for body movements is ridiculous. If he got tased while attempting to run away then its different story.
      • Ian (13/04/2020, 18:18) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
        Plenty crackheads have a place or some place call home so no need to be excusing bad behaviour from a menace to society.
  • Twis (13/04/2020, 14:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    People judge what they don't know Matthew is in no way a problem to anyone he was already on the ground there was no reason for that to happen most people commenting on him negatively are the ones who feel to them self they are high in society I am from the streets I don't live on it but i love it with my all and in no way is this dude a problem to any one that police just wanted to use his toy that's all
  • Remove it (13/04/2020, 17:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So far seeing as the police have used their Tasars in to separate incidents where there was no physical threat to the police - the entire force needs retraining on the use of them - including having one used on them so they know how it feels or they need taking out of service.

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