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CAPI pleased with charges against cops in Mario Deane's case

Published:Saturday | September 27, 2014 | 9:46 PM
Meadows

The civil society group Citizens Action for Principles and Integrity (CAPI) says the decision by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to bring criminal charges against police personnel in the Mario Deane case will send a strong signal to other agents of the State.



CAPI’s co-convenor Dennis Meadows says INDECOM’s action will get other agents of the State to understand that disregard for the human rights of ordinary citizens will not be tolerated.



Meadows says it gives hope that those state agents inclined to abuse the rights of citizens will be held accountable for their transgressions. 



Mario Deane was arrested and taken into custody for a ganja split last month and died in hospital three days later after he was brutally beaten in a cell at the Barnett Street Police Station.



Yesterday Police Corporal Elaine Stewart and District Constables Juliana Clevon and Marlon Grant were arrested and charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice.



They have denied the allegations and were offered bail.



Meadows called the arrest a major step in the journey towards justice for Deane’s family.



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