Mother files complaint against cops

2019-07-16 06:00

Trisha Crick and her son, 20-year-old Slayde, are accusing the Ocean View police of ill-treatment and police say they are aware of the complaint and it is under investigation. The alleged ill-treatment happened on Sunday 23 June. Slayde claims he was arrested at Kommetjie Beach when he recorded four police officers who allegedly ill-treated a citizen.

An irate Trisha alleges that while she was not informed immediately, she was later told by the police that her son was using profanities and arrested on charges of crimen injuria and intimidation.

“I received a phone call from my younger son telling me that my (older) son got arrested and taken to Ocean View Police Station. I arrived there at around 16:30 and I asked the officers in charge why was my son arrested and if I can at least see him,” she explains. She claims the officers on duty gave her the run-around, directing her from the front desk to the back of the station and back inside, and were unable to offer her any answers regarding her son’s arrest.

“While waiting, Slayde phoned me to ask where I am. I said I am at the police station, trying to find out why he had been arrested. Then he phoned again to say he’s not feeling well, and I must come to fetch him,” she says, explaining that the police had not confiscated his cellphone at that time. “But before that, he phoned his friend and told him that the police just hit him before they took him to the holding cell.”

She continued: “While waiting for the four policemen to come, the other police officers said they can’t help me until the other officers come. During that time, the one officer was informing the other four policemen that my son had video evidence of the four officers.”

Trisha alleges that the officers, when they arrived, still could not give her a reason for arresting her son and further threatened her when she said she would be opening a case against them.

Trisha claims: “They said now they’re going to show me; they’re going to give me a reason to open up a case against them and that they are in the process of arresting my son. They said that they’re going to show a point, to show me that they’re in charge.”

Trisha was upset that she was not able to see her son, but according to Ocean View police spokesperson, Sergeant Leon Fortuin, the officers on duty were within the parameters of the law to refuse her.

“There are four people that we allow to see the arrested at any time. It is your spiritual advisor, a medical practitioner, your spouse and your legal advisor only. A parent, relative or anyone else must visit during visiting hours.”

Trisha was sent home on the Sunday of the arrest and was informed that Slayde’s case would be heard on Tuesday 25 June at the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court.

On arrival at the court on the court date, she says the docket for the case had not been sent to the court and was later advised that the charges were dropped.

She alleges that on release he was not able to call anyone to pick him up from the station and resorted to walking from Ocean View to Capri.

Slayde elaborated on the call he made to his friend while in the holding cell. He claimed that the officers had kicked him, hit him and broke a stick off the tree at the back of the station to hit him.

Trisha has filed a formal complaint with provincial police.

Ocean View police say they are aware of the incident. “If the officers are found guilty they will face disciplinary action,” says Fortuin.


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