Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette has rubbished claims by attorney Bernard Wiltshire that people in police custody are often mistreated and even brutalized on occasion.
In an interview with Dominica News Online on Monday, Wiltshire said he was “very unhappy” with the way in which the police treat ordinary people.
He said as a lawyer he was being told of such abuses “all the time” by individuals affected by the alleged mistreatment.
“I mean a lot of nonsense happens here, and oppression happens here the police constantly assault people, beat them in the police station,” Wiltshire told DNO.
“Jack them, beat them, injure them, burst their heads. You know there is a whole culture of impunity in the police force in Dominica and that has to stop,” the former attorney general said.
Responding to those allegations, Commission Carrette who is currently in Barbados, denied categorically that individuals detained were being mistreated.
He said there was “no brutality of persons in custody”.
The police chief added however that there were occasions when people being detained tried to resist arrest, and had to be “subdued”.
Carrette also dismissed claims by former attorney general Wiltshire that Wiltshire’s arrest late Monday in connection with an alleged passport scam was politically motivated.
“We don’t take directives from politicians,” he told DNO, explaining that investigations take time, and that Wiltshire was not the only person detained in connection with that matter.
Police Commission Carrette also brushed aside claims by Wiltshire that the police were discriminating against him because he has filed a lawsuit against the police and government for alleged wrongful arrest – he was first arrested in June 2011 in connection with the alleged passport scam, and released without being charged.
The former attorney general and three other persons appeared in court on Tuesday charged in connection with the passport scam.