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VIDEO: Did police use excessive force on man accused of traffic violation?

- video clip shows police officers slamming the young man to the ground, sitting on his back
Police executing an arrest of a man who was initially accused of a traffic violation on September 27, 2020. Photo: VINO
Two officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force wrestle the young man to the ground before handcuffing him. Photo: VINO
Two officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force wrestle the young man to the ground before handcuffing him. Photo: VINO
The young man is thrown to the ground during the arrest. Photo: VINO
The young man is thrown to the ground during the arrest. Photo: VINO
With criticisms mounting on the RVIPF for the alleged use of excessive force during arrests, including tasing of persons in non-threatening situations, Police Commissioner and UK national, Mr Michael B. Matthews has been quick to defend his ranks. Photo: VINO/File
With criticisms mounting on the RVIPF for the alleged use of excessive force during arrests, including tasing of persons in non-threatening situations, Police Commissioner and UK national, Mr Michael B. Matthews has been quick to defend his ranks. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- On the heels of a brawl between a young man and a police officer at a store in Pasea Estate on Friday, September 25, 2020, a video has surfaced of a struggle between a young man and two male officers in the Threadfall Estate area of Tortola on September 27, 2020.

The video, which has been circulating on social media, has also caused many persons to question the tactics of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in executing arrests.

Some have lamented that police are beginning to use excessive force and causing matters to escalate as has been seen in many incidents in the United States of America (USA).

According to reports reaching our newsroom, it was around 4:30pm when a young man was stopped by police in the Threadfall Estate area allegedly for failing to stop at the sound of a siren.

What should have been a routine case of a ticket being issued turned into a struggle and subsequent arrest of the young man.

Video clip

In the less than a minute video clip shared with our newsroom, at least two male police officers are seen struggling to handcuff a man while an onlooker is questioning the tactics of the police.

A female is also seen in the video, although she does not attempt to engage in trying to restrain the man by the use of force.

“Twice ayo tased the man and ayo rooting up the man like that?” A bystander asks the police.

The man being arrested is heard shouting: “Please, I didn’t do anything. I will take the ticket.”

The bystander then says, “Ayo could deal with the man a lot better that that.”

The man seen struggling to prevent being handcuffed is then violently thrown to the ground.

“I going to take the ticket. What you doing dog? Stop, stop, please, ow. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t even break the speed limit,” the man is heard pleading.

Police subsequently manage to handcuff the man.

Our newsroom has since been informed that the young man was accused of failing to stop at the sound of a siren, refusing to give information, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Efforts to get a comment from Police Commissioner and United Kingdom national, Mr Michael B. Matthews on the matter were unsuccessful.

RVIPF under fire

Ever since police have been tasing persons during arrests, the public has been questioning whether the tasing and sometimes use of force have been necessary.

It was in April 2020 that a video had surfaced of police tasing a homeless man even while the man was on the ground and appeared to not posing any threat or danger to officers.

The incident had occurred a week after a young man from Long Look, Tortola, had accused officers of using a stun gun on him “for no reason”.

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

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

With criticisms mounting on the RVIPF for the alleged use of excessive force during arrests, including tasing of persons in non-threatening situations, Commissioner Matthews has often defended his ranks.

Members of the public have suggested that the RVIPF needs to properly train officers to think quickly in certain situations to avoid escalation.

See video here:

49 Responses to “VIDEO: Did police use excessive force on man accused of traffic violation?”

  • No (28/09/2020, 11:46) Like (140) Dislike (21) Reply
    That's not excessive. The man is resisting arrest. No batons or firearms were used. Let the police do their job and stop chastising them every chance you get.
    • Boyyy (28/09/2020, 12:41) Like (26) Dislike (90) Reply
      I’m so sick of them down island officers
      • Me (28/09/2020, 15:24) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
        What really is ur problem?????
      • We sick of you too (28/09/2020, 16:40) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply
        The very same down island police officers who protecting you and the law of the land.

        when is this black lives matter ever goin to be of value to the people of the BVI? no matter what you do, the prejudice against the down island/expatriates will always be a subject in their mouth. I am so sick of it
        • Eagle Eye (30/09/2020, 08:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          You mean them is the same DIRTY cops, but dont worry you all will see soon
      • stupid (28/09/2020, 18:31) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
        Can you do the job better than us down island people? I’ll wait
      • Sick of yall (28/09/2020, 21:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        Which down island officer take yo woman?... Left the officers let them do them jobbbb.
      • g (29/09/2020, 03:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        They sick of you too
      • Really now. (29/09/2020, 06:58) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        Then go sign up and be a cop then... Chupps
    • To No (28/09/2020, 15:57) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
      They want to resist and then want to complain. His backside lucky he wasn't in the USA cause then he would have seen what brutality is LOL
      • @To No (28/09/2020, 16:59) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
        And do you condone what you see the Officers doing in the USA? Would you feel the same way if he was your relative or friend?
    • Cut deep (28/09/2020, 20:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don’t let the host of C** D**P hear you!!
    • Greg (28/09/2020, 22:32) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree. Why didn't he stop for sirens, and then just take the ticket and shut the hell up. Now that everything has spiraled out of control, he's yelling he'll take the ticket. Idiot! The Police are doing what they are supposed to be doing, their job, to keep checking for criminals, guns, drugs, big bigger biggest money too. We have had too many shootings lately and it must STOP!
    • hmm! (29/09/2020, 17:21) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Do u no the meaning of excessive force? It is excessive bcuz the police have him out numbered 3 to 1 they was no need 4them 2use a tazee in that process of arrest n him.
      They suppose2 b train enough 2 handle a situation like that without him been tazer
  • BS! (28/09/2020, 11:53) Like (16) Dislike (28) Reply
    Poorly trained, easily scared. We should be glad they "only" have tasers for the most part otherwise it if would be just like America.
    • Uzimi (28/09/2020, 22:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      mouth talk and benchers are usually the best players lol lol lol. That's a strong lad cause even though the officer on him he is still not on the ground. That a real strong fella. How do you hold a bull in full beast mode. Do u become a fly and get tossed or do you become a wrangler to ensure he is subdued. Oh was he beaten into submission? I think the answer is an overwhelming NO. While the officers were having a difficult time with him all the bystander can do is pull his cell phone. yea that's a good citizen looking the big pay out for some footage. Did he at any time talk to the lad to calm him in any way?
  • trust (28/09/2020, 11:59) Like (10) Dislike (39) Reply
    Them police does come from other islands and forget to be humble because, some of them was also delinquent people and want to feel themselves because they have more power than the individual in the situations.
    Them really need to get good training cause for real all them does do is use their taser gun on people like it’s a toy for them.
  • Follow the Rules (28/09/2020, 12:01) Like (67) Dislike (2) Reply
    All I see here is some one resisting, If he broke the law and refused to give information then he got what he asked for. A Just law is a good law meant to keep the society safe, VIalnders do not allow these fools to sully the society.
  • clown (28/09/2020, 12:10) Like (65) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop resisting arrest and stop judging these half way thru the incident videos
    • Bad behavior (28/09/2020, 13:11) Like (36) Dislike (2) Reply
      It was necessary....Them can't ruff up the Police and the police must act like punks..Please, Stop it..Stop encouraging these rude people to become ruder....
  • Troll (28/09/2020, 12:12) Like (36) Dislike (2) Reply
    There's always 3 sides of a story. This is jus the climax of the situation, clearly shows the man resisting arrest giving himself more charges, however even if he didn't do anything wrong take the cuffs and let nature takes it course. The truth shall set you free!
  • WHAT!!! (28/09/2020, 12:16) Like (39) Dislike (1) Reply
    Even Stevie Wonder could see that the guy in the video is resisting arrest .
  • time (28/09/2020, 12:20) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Time for the cops on the beat to have body cams so that we can see the entire story. Hard to see cops treating him like this unless he became unruly. Let's be real, a cop doesn't go from giving a traffic ticket to tasing and slamming someone on the road.
    • @time (28/09/2020, 17:03) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      It is done in the USA and human is human - some copy whatever they see or hear.
  • holdthight (28/09/2020, 12:23) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    We always plame the police but did the guy did sometimes just do what you are asked to do by the police once it not something out of the way keep cool, Some times people just act up and the police gets angry it is best to keep quiet bear your burden ubtil you are out of the police way. I am not saying that the police is always right but they have thwe upper hand. It had to be something why the police did what they did do not blame the police until the answers are forwarg The bikes really needs to be adressed but we have to wait for the correct record
  • Shaking (28/09/2020, 12:42) Like (5) Dislike (46) Reply
    Too much island people in the force let that had be my son
    • rewrsdffds (28/09/2020, 16:28) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      What would you have done??
    • g (28/09/2020, 21:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      Idiot hope it was ******* you. The police will log the taser into your ****h**e.

    • V0TER #6 (29/09/2020, 04:31) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Manabouttown (28/09/2020, 12:48) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    Having viewed the video I have not seen the police have used more force than necessary. The officers acted within the Statutory provision of the Laws of the Virgin Islands. We the people of a democratic society shall obey and have respect for the rules of law. Our societies are govern on the rules of law. Therefore the officers have an obligation to enforce those laws made by parliament and assent by the Governor.
    We say that the actions taken by the officers are justifiable.
  • No (28/09/2020, 12:49) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would of used more force, he is resisiting arrest what you want them to do, say please???
  • SNM (28/09/2020, 13:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr smichel I see u keep showing us something u the bad one,don’t tell u ntn? And is good?
  • Hmm (28/09/2020, 13:36) Like (3) Dislike (25) Reply
    Only the police them commenting to save the government a lawsuit!
  • HAHA (28/09/2020, 13:55) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    So the fool not allowing himself to be cuffed and you expect the cops to let you do what you want. If you resisting and they apply some force to get you in the cuffs that is normal. If he was cuffed and they were sitting on him that may have been different.
  • Anonymous (28/09/2020, 13:58) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
    Free my boy!
  • husband (28/09/2020, 14:34) Like (4) Dislike (22) Reply
    The white police commissioner wants to make here like the USA we would not have it
  • tretretrete (28/09/2020, 14:56) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too Much Bottom for the Taser to Work. He was struggling with them, don't see an issue.
  • watching (28/09/2020, 15:02) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    He put himself there. Obey the law to avoid this situation.
  • GG (28/09/2020, 15:15) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Proper police procedure for some one resisting arrest.
  • Ms Cleo (28/09/2020, 15:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    calm down my people stop giving those within the reason to inflate their powers...some of us must understand that meekness does not mean weakness and compliance does not make you less than a the end of the day "time longer than twine"
  • enforcement (28/09/2020, 16:28) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Im just happy to see some sort of enforcement of law in this place.
    • W*F (28/09/2020, 19:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ enforcement you have to be from pass round-rock because in this same place have so many armed robbers and so many killers that the same police can not give the residents of this little rock any positive results; yea enforcement of petty offences them good at that, and you on here happy like a pig in mud... you might suffer a severe hart attack when some of those hardcore killers & gun criminals living in your village start getting arrested more often: remember misdemeanours and Felonise are both criminal conduct(pick your poison)
  • Bulldawg (28/09/2020, 17:16) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those young lawless dudes are too rude and disrespectful. Especially those on the scooters without helmet.
    He should have gotten an ass whooping with a baton as well.
  • Great Job (28/09/2020, 20:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you police force. Plenty more ignorant people on the roads that need the same treatment.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Teacher (29/09/2020, 01:51) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    ? ? Is it natural for a human being to be ruff up or abused physically and Not try to defend him or her self.
    Right or wrong the young man in this video have rights, and it’s clear to see the pattern in recent months that the officer’s of the BVI Police force have being following.
    Makes you wonder if this is the new normal were the officers can use as must excessive force is there want and the commissioner and the governor bless them.
    And don’t forget if the new police orders are pass then you are in for more of this kind of behavior from your law enforcement officers.
    We following.......
  • Me (29/09/2020, 04:31) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Until your children learn to respect authority this will continue. Police do your job and don't mind the noise. This community is so damn sick. Continue to uphold lawlessness then cry when your 'good boys and good girls' suffer consequences.
  • bayboy (29/09/2020, 09:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • When you see something, Say something. (29/09/2020, 12:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    And tase them @#$ at the same time.

  • John j (01/10/2020, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of these young guys in this place are lawless they have no regards for the law most of them you will hear say. I born hear. So i guess the law is not for them . I think that the govt or those responsible for these young people must educate them on the rule of law in this society or else they will always have problems with the police

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