Two short videos showing prisoners being beaten at the hands of prison officers being shared across various social media platforms are currently engaging the attention of the Prisons’ Commissioner.
The videos are believed to have been taken by a prisoner, during Tuesday’s raid at the Port- of- Spain Prison.
The videos show prison officers kicking and even beating prisoners tied up and lying on the ground with a baton while issuing commands. However, without time stamps or any visible identifying markers, the validity of the video is in question.
Despite this, Prisons’ Commissioner, Gerard Wilson has given the assurance that he will be investigating the matter, to ensure that no one under his employment abused their powers.
He told LoopTT that disciplinary action will be taken if prison officers are found to have been involved in the incident.
The search at the Prison was said to have been a routine one.
President of the Prison Officers’ Association Ceron Richards also told LoopTT that as far as he is aware, the decision to conduct the searches was not made as a result of any breaches of security or any information about attempts to break out prisoners.
He explained that the roadways, which form the perimeter of the prison were blocked off as a safety precaution.