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Alleged police brutality video shocks
The viewing public was
shocked this past week when
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne
highlighted an alleged case of
police brutality against four peo-
ple at the Pro Sports Bar in Mal-
The four people were allegedly
badly beaten by the police while
at the bar on Monday at about
Alleyne was also able to locate
the four victims and brought them
on set on Tuesday.
The entire show was dedicated
to that particular case.
Victim Jerome Phyars, 29, a fire
officer assigned to the Santa Cruz
Fire Station, alleged that he was
beaten by police officers in plain
clothes and some wearing tactical
uniforms. Phyars sustained injuries
to his left eye, face, right arm,
windpipe and back.
Phyars friend, Bradley Caesar,
27, was left with a partial hearing
problem in his left ear and other
injuries after the alleged attack.
Another man identified as
Dawud Muhammed, 33, was
recording the incident on his cell-
phone when one of the officers
allegedly turned on him.
Muhammed sustained injuries to
the left eye, windpipe and lower
back. His sister, Atiya, 27, who
tried to intervene, was also badly
beaten and allegedly choked,
cuffed, kicked in her genitals and
dragged on the floor.
Phyars and the Muhammeds
were eventually taken into police
custody and charged for resisting
arrest, assaulting a police officer
and using obscene language.
Phyars, Caesar and Muhammed
again re-appeared on Crime Watch
on Wednesday, where they alleged
that they were being followed by
"strange" people while on the
compound of the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex in
Mount Hope, having gone there
for further medical treatment.
Phyars, who had parked his
vehicle on the hospital s com-
pound, said on returning he
noticed that his vehicle had been
tampered with. On checking it he
discovered that the cable to the
battery of the vehicle was cut. The
victims said they were fearful for
their lives but were pleading for
The airing of the video and the
testimonial of the victims piqued
the interest of senior officers
assigned to the Northern Division.
Insp Remy was assigned to inves-
tigate the case. The incident is also
being closely monitored by head
of the Police Complaints Authority,
David West, after two of the vic-
tims made a report to the body
following a town meeting in Santa
Cruz on Wednesday night.
Alleged police brutality victims Jerome Phyars, 29, left, a
fire officer assigned to the Santa Cruz Fire Station, and his
friend Bradley Caesar, 27, in the Crime Watch studio.
PHOTOS: RHONDOR DOWLAT
Alleged police brutality victim Dawud Muhammed, right,
was recording the incident on his cellphone when one of
the officers allegedly turned on him. Muhammed's sister,
Atiya, 27, who tried to intervene, was also badly beaten.
On Monday's show, Alleyne
visited the relatives of murdered
pensioner Balkaran Dookie, 76.
Sometime on Saturday night
into Sunday morning last
weekend, Dookie was stabbed to
death by thieves. His common-law
wife, Dolly Sooknanan, 86, was
also stabbed several times but
survived the attack.
Police said the elderly man was
stabbed multiple times in the
chest while Sooknanan suffered
five stab wounds to the chest and
Dookie, a father of seven,
moved into the woman's home at
Spring Trace, Quarry Village,
Siparia, three years ago.
Alleyne spoke to Dookie's son,
Mukesh, who said he had no idea
why anyone would have wanted
his father dead.
Alleyne disclosed that he had
received information which
alleged that robbery was not the
motive for the attack.
On Wednesday, Alleyne also
showed a photo of a man who
allegedly stole a Samsung S4
while at Barney's Variety Store,
Eastern Main Road, Tunapuna, on
A program on the phone,
according to Alleyne, revealed the
phone thief's identity, which
Alleyne aired on the show. Five
minutes before the live broadcast
ended, the phone was dropped off
at the reception area of CNC3,
allegedly by the same man in the
Also, Alleyne highlighted a
woman who was caught on
camera stealing a smartphone
while in a clothes store at Arlene's
Mall, Charlotte Street, Port-of-
Spain, on May 9. That same night
(Wednesday) at about 8.30 pm
the phone was dropped off at
CNC3's reception area, allegedly by
the same woman.
Last Friday (May 29), desperate
mother Varlyne Silvertone
appeared on the show
accompanied by her eight-year-old
son, Tyrese Ironside.
Silvertone told Alleyne that on
May 27, 2015, Ironside, who is a
Standard Two pupil, was allegedly
beaten by other male pupils while
on the school compound and
sustained injuries near his left eye.
Tyrese attends the Dinsley
Trincity Government Primary
Silvertone also claimed that she
had a daughter attending the
same school and that both her
children were constantly bullied.
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