Bus driver Esrome George charged by police three months after protest

Three months after some bus drivers in Dominica took protest action, the police have laid four charges against Esrome George, one of those involved in the protest.

George will, later month, appear before the Roseau Magistrate court to enter a plea in the matters.

On the morning of  April 12, 2021, several bus drivers mainly from the west coast embarked on a “go-slow” protest action from Massacre resulting in a traffic jam stretching in a northerly direction all the way to Jimmit.

Later that morning, the bus operators parked their vehicles in the center of the street in Canefield near Auto Trade,  blocking access to both the north and south of the island.

The bus drivers said their protest action which left large numbers of commuters stranded, was to force the government to provide  “much-needed assistance” because of the financial impact on their business, of the COVID-19 pandemic and a rise in the price of fuel.

At some point during the protest, there was a clash between the Police and the protesters and George was later seen being carried away.

George had stated his intent to file a lawsuit against the police because of what he believed was the use of excessive force against him by the law enforcement officers. However, on July 15, 2021, four charges were preferred against him which include, assault, battery, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.

According to the police complaint, it is alleged that on April 12, 2021, at Canefield, George committed the aforementioned offenses against  Malcolm Williams, a member of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF) while in the execution of his duty.

George is to appear before the Magistrate court on July 30, 2021.

 

Viral video of the incident is included below:

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30 Comments

  1. Man bite dogs
    July 23, 2021

    Well done to the security officers they were doing what they were trained to do, the bus drivers took it on to themselves by blocking the roads just too bad and tough s**t.

  2. Banker
    July 23, 2021

    Ibo, the sad thing about all this, Dominicans keep allow this to happen. No sympathy from me anymore. A people that doesn’t want to help themselves deserves everything they get. If they were serious they would call on expats like myself how could help them in many ways. Even so I’m known to many in the opposition circle… nothing. The only thing I get occasionally is, can you get me to the UK. You see what I mean! Sorry man, but it had to be said.

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  3. RandyX
    July 23, 2021

    I have emailed these videos to the secretary to the President of the EU. They will have a good look at that if they haven’t done so already. If Skerrit goes with his begging bowl to Brussels again, they will most certainly remember this despicable abuse of human rights.

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  4. Kate
    July 22, 2021

    The Exhibit # 1 your Honour: Video shows ‘Thugs in costumes’

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    • Ibo France
      July 22, 2021

      Kate you put it much too politely. This is a Death Squad. Remember they shot one of the protesters with a rubber bullet.

      By the way Dominica is the only country in CARICOM where the police dress in military fatigue. Rogue Country!

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  5. What a sad country
    July 22, 2021

    Some of these goons in the video that beat the man senseless appear to me members of the Manicou Gang.

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  6. Ibo France
    July 22, 2021

    Why are you hiding my comments on this article? Too truthful! Why are you(DNO)so afraid to state that George was thrown to the ground, kicked, punched and severely brutalized by the police who acted like a Death Squad.

    The TRUTH at times can be uncomfortable but it has to be told. Come on! Stop the collusion man by your innocuous account of this despicable kerfuffle.

    ADMIN: Your comments were prejudicial to the case, more specifically they contained falsehoods and inaccuracies. We are mindful that this case is yet to be brought before the court and do not wish to prejudice the matter. We will not publish statements proclaiming guilt or innocence for one of the parties.

    However, we acknowledge that the videos could have been included and have since updated the article. We will also intend to additional information shortly. Bear in mind the clips included do not depict the circumstances leading up to the physical exchange.

    For justice to be done the court would need to consider all the evidence not just what is depicted here.

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  7. foreign observer
    July 22, 2021

    Nothing more than a smoke screen for some other egregious Skerritt-oriented financial scandal that will shortly become public knowledge, I am sure.

    That it has taken a full four months to resuscitate this episode in this manner repeats a pattern that all should be familiar with by now. But these are stupid charges nonetheless given the video evidence that has been widely circulated.

    However, as we have seen during the Choksi affair, prompt and judicially sound decision making in these charges is unlikely. And who shall pay for a sound defense for this man, who seeks to make a fair living? And how many attorneys at the state’s expense will be tasked with mounting a prosecution?

    All of which is to say, do not be distracted by this latest nonsense.

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  8. %
    July 22, 2021

    Admin
    Skerrit made a statement about he being stressed, and deserving more money, i realise that you have not given it to us!!!!

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    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      July 22, 2021

      Trust me, Skerrit knows how to play on ALL YOU JACKA’S small mind.

      Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 1 Thumb down 15
      • Ibo France
        July 22, 2021

        Skerrit knows how to play what.!The man can’t even play a good game a game of monopoly.

        Only one thing he plays well. He plays on the ignorance of people like you, Gary, Clown Boy, Dog Biter and ds.

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      • VereTere
        July 23, 2021

        Not sure about that but he certainly knows how to play you and your fellow Red puppets.

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  9. Skerro
    July 22, 2021

    Give that police a booboo for life all you have to much gutts after they carry the man away now all you want to charge him that police should be in jail is there any law in that land of fraud

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  10. derp
    July 22, 2021

    Countersue them for abuse it’s clear in the video he was abused and the police used excessive force

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  11. L.A
    July 22, 2021

    Rubbish alone….The video clips has it all and shall be played in the court and will show is Malcom that attacked and assaulted the brother.

    ADMIN: The video has been included at the end article. We will also be providing an update with more details shortly.

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  12. If we knew better
    July 22, 2021

    Today, i am just here for the comments.

  13. Original
    July 22, 2021

    The police acting commissioner, Lincoln Corbette, along with the judiciary of the government of the commonwealth of Dominica, has allowed this practice of police assaulting and abusing individuals, then further taking them to the courts on charges which clearly do not stand. The entire world witnessed, the assault of an individual by multiple officers which was unmerited despite the individuals actions. This is a systematic approach at allowing police brutality and a violation of human rights by the state of the Commonwealth of Dominica, said state is also responsible for the protection of those very rights, we are allowing this authoritarian government to develop into a totalitarian state. where is the DPP, to dismiss this case against the bus driver, where is the interest of the citizens represented by the state and or government of the Commonwealth of Dominica?

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  14. Public Interest
    July 22, 2021

    You would expect under the Minister of National Security, an Ex- Police Officer, that portrayed he had so much decipline, the Police Force would have improved positively. That’s the worst Police force maybe in the entire Caricom. The level of ill discipline, abuse of power, allegations of drugs, allegations of kidnapping, allegations of murder, allegations of threats, allegations of cover-up, allegations of money laundering. The worst Minister of Security, the true color is exposed into what type of individual holds this position.
    The Prime Minister should have already dismissed this Minister in the Public Interest, Mr. Prime Minister this also should acceptance of these allegations by you. PM do something about this.

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    • VereTere
      July 22, 2021

      Not if that man and his excessive lifestyle need to be supplemented by the same man (PM) that he is supposed to speak up against. What a tangled web they weave when they want to deceive. Skerrits DLP killed Dominica very slowly.

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  15. July 22, 2021

    It is well known that there are no well trained police officers in Skerrit (Dominica) police force. There are now a bunch of men/women who staged what is deemed as an expedited crash course to deliberately practice the filthy work of their dictator to terrorize and humiliate the citizens of the real Dominica. These crash course cowards who know they can do no wrong (as long as King Liar is at the helm) will continue their acts of terrorism and humiliation upon the people especially those who are openly unsupportive of their dictator King Liar. But my people who are called by my name will one day be liberated. Every rope has an end.

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  16. RastarMarn
    July 22, 2021

    But Mistadem doh ready yet man,,,

    Isn’t there recorded video nuh of the events as they unfolded,,,

    Mista have the evidence to bankrupt the Skerrit Constabulary Force yeh,,,

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  17. Waiting For Airport
    July 21, 2021

    I really starting to think all you trying to incite an uprising in this country. Is like all you just doing everything to provoke people now!

    After the mashastay all you do the man all you still have heart talking about charging the man??? Meanwhile Di padna all you *alledgedly* kill, no justice yet???

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    • Chief Justice
      July 22, 2021

      They will get what they desire very soon. I can already hear them bawling…! The day of reckoning is just around the corner.

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      • If we knew better
        July 22, 2021

        Morne Bruce, Roseau Station, the Bridges, Air and sea ports, Marigot, St. Joe and Portsmouth Stations.

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  18. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 21, 2021

    The police leadership has no conscience anymore. They *allegedly* killed a man in their custody and we all saw the video of the brutal beating the police put on the unarmed bus driver who wasn’t resisting. They are trying to tell us that what we saw is not so and don’t believe our eyes, only believe what the police tell us and what they want us to know. Why haven’t the police released the autopsy report yet to the family? Yet look how quickly they bring the charges against the bus driver.I’m waiting to hear that excessive force charges against the policeman will soon follow.

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  19. Bwa-Banday
    July 21, 2021

    That was expected from day one. For an officer to daykarlay you like that and not prefer charges implies that he had no reason for the arrest in the first place and that is grounds for dismissal from the force for using excessive force. What puzzles me is that another officer was given the job to investigate the matter after the public outcry and preferred the charges instead. Now there is nothing saying this is wrong but rather its not the norm.

    Corbette is trying to make it an independent investigation by appointing an investigator hoping that the magistrate does not query the process but with three former cops working in the magistracy they will most likely throw out the charges since there is no presidence for this “new” process. But knowing how we operate in the new Dcan dictatorship, they might just throw the book at Mr.George seeing the that the Officer who threw the kicks during the fracas was promoted to Sargent Of Police. Go figure 8)

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  20. %
    July 21, 2021

    The man was brutalized because the man who occupies the seat of PM, did not see it fit to give the people he claim to love a STIMULUS PACKAGE. His name is liar Skerrit!!!!
    At the same time he has the people paying EC$64000.00 a month for him.
    If this is not abusive behaviour, well nothing else is.
    The liar does not love people. He does not care a hoot who suffers.
    If this is not EVIL, well nothing else is!!!
    He smiles while the poor suffers!
    WICKED SOUL!!!

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  21. Mark
    July 21, 2021

    This police force is a joke—I think they are provoking and harassing citizens. Or are they covering their tails after the entire world have seen their actions? The end result can be really bad for the entire country. Who is running this force and what is his/her education level? Obviously no one to emulate or/and respect.

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    • RandyX
      July 22, 2021

      The person who defacto runs and commands these thugs is no other than the PM of DA. He would tell the Chief of police exactly what to do and that chief is ‘loyal’ enough to to oblige. Everything in DA has a price…

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  22. %
    July 21, 2021

    The brutalisation of this brother, by some bad elements in the CDPF came about, because a liar in chief called Skerrit, although boasting of the MILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars that the country has, failed to give a STIMULUS PACKAGE to his citizens.
    The same liar Skerrit is so darn WICKED he has taxpayers paying EC$ 64000.00 to maintain his OPULENT lifestyle.
    After a video went viral showing how Esrom was almost killed by those so called police , i hope the bus drivers and other concerned people will stand with the brother. I shall for sure!
    Liar Skerrit. Give the people their stimulus package!!
    YOUR WICKED SOUL!!!!

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