CaribWorldNews, KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tues. July 14, 2009: Four cops in St. Vincent and the Grenadines were on Monday placed on administrative leave after being charged with using excessive force to restrain two teenage robbery suspects.
The four officers, two corporals and two constables, have been charged with assault and causing grievous bodily harm to two 14- and 15-year-old Kingstown boys, accused of petty theft in November last year.
The two have pleaded not guilty to the charges and were each released on $300 bail. They are due back in court on Sept. 22.
A lawyer for the boys said one of his clients was in a coma for a week after the alleged Nov. 17 beating but Deputy Police Commissioner Bertie Pompey has expressed confidence that the officers will be exonerated.