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Cops were forced to defend themselves in Stabroek Market brawl – Police
The Guyana Police Force said its ranks were forced to defend themselves during a confrontation with a suspected bandit at the Stabroek Market on Sunday.
The incident occurred at about 16:35hrs. According to the Force, ranks of a mobile police patrol responded to a report of robbery with aggravation committed on a man in the Stabroek Market area.
The ranks arrested a male suspect and placed him in the police vehicle, however, the suspect reportedly became aggressive and attacked the ranks. According to the Force, the policemen were forced to defend themselves, resulting in a physical confrontation. Part of the incident was recorded and has been circulating on social media.
The suspect was eventually subdued and taken to the Brickdam Police Station where he was identified by the victim as being one of the men who allegedly had robbed him of a Samsung smartphone and twenty-five thousand dollars, local currency.
The Force said suspect is in police custody and has refused medical attention, while the injured police ranks were treated at the GPHC.
The Police Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the matter.
The Police Force is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident, between the suspect and the members of the Force, to make contact with the Officer in charge of the Police OPR on Telephone number 227-1926 or the Commander of the Regional Police Division on 226-1389.