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Officers remain on suspension, no word on employment status

Three police officers have been suspended with full pay after being convicted of using excessive force.
And police have not said exactly when they’ll make further decisions on their employment status.
Cardiff Robinson, Austin Etienne and Micheal Peart were all convicted for varying degrees of assault committed during the course of their duty.

Police commissioner Derek Byrne issued the suspension notices Friday which allows for constables suspended from any and all police duties to continue to receive their police salary.
Commissioner Byrne, in announcing the disciplinary action over the weekend, says officers must have the right to use reasonable force while ensuring public safety without threat of prosecution.
But, he says, “This right never extends to the excessive use of force, which violates basic rights, erodes public confidence, and undermines the good work that the overwhelming majority of RCIPS officers often put themselves in harm’s way to do.”

Cayman 27 reached out to a police spokesperson for further details on the matter, but have yet to receive a response.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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