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2 Grenada policemen detained, others reassigned after Canadian man’s death

12/29/2011 02:51 EST | Updated 02/28/2012 05:12 EST
ST. GEORGES, Grenada - Authorities in Grenada detained two policemen on Thursday and reassigned all the officers at a police station where a Toronto man allegedly was beaten to death.

Police Commissioner Willan Thompson says the two unidentified officers have not been charged but are being questioned about the death of 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew.

Relatives have accused officers of beating the Canadian resident into a coma on Monday after he mistook a plainclothes female police officer for a friend and lifted her off the ground in a hug while in front of a police station in the southeastern part of the island. Bartholomew died Tuesday.

Thompson said that all the officers at the St. David’s station have been reassigned to unspecified positions.

Family members said Bartholomew and his wife arrived in his native Grenada on Friday to visit family for the holidays.

Bartholomew’s aunt, Josephine de Souza, and other relatives accuse police of leaving Bartholomew to bleed in a cell for several hours until his wife insisted they call an ambulance.

Attorney Derick Sylvester said at a news conference Thursday that the family wants an independent pathologist to examine the body and an independent investigation into Bartholomew’s death.

“We want a report that cannot be challenged,” he said.

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