The Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda have responded to a circulating video of a woman being dragged out of the Thames and St. Mary’s branch of the Antigua Commercial Bank by an officer last Friday.
According to a press release by the Police on Sunday, the police were summoned to the bank to render assistance, as a result of a report made of the woman’s behavior inside the bank.
Police say that this is one of many instances, where the police was summoned to the said bank, among several other business places to address similar incidents involving the said female, who appears to be mentally challenged.
“In this particular incident, she literally threw herself on the ground, and began to behave in a rambunctious manner. The officers on the scene exercise much restraint, as she put up a struggle to avoid being arrested,” the release noted.
The video, which was taken by one of the customers in the bank, shows the woman being dragged out of the bank by a male officer who was kicked by the said female during the incident. She was also screaming ‘help’ and ‘murder’ while being removed from the bank.
The video has caused much debate in the general public, with many residents expressing anger and disappointment as to how the manner was dealt with by the police involved.
The police said that nonetheless, the incident is being investigated so that both the police and the management of the bank can have a more comprehensive knowledge as to what actually transpired.
Lawmen are also calling on anyone with additional information that may further assist the police in their investigations, to contact the Office of Professional Standard at Police Headquarters at 462-0125.