Thursday 21 September, 2017

WATCH: Man arrested after beating cops with strap

A viral video which circulated online over the weekend resulted in one man's arrest after he violently attacked police officers.

Video footage which was shared via social media over the weekend showed the man's bizarre attack which occurred along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, in which he used what appeared to be a belt or strap to beat officers. 

At one point the man lashed out, hitting one police officer in the face. 

The man, however, was quickly subdued and taken into custody. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said in a statement issued Monday that 41-year-old Terrence Samuel was charged with assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty, resisting arrest and obstruction on a highway. 

The TTPS also said the officers of the Cumuto Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, were commended for exhibiting restraint in the way in which they subdued the Samuel, who became 'violently aggressive' during a road exercise at the Trincity intersection along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway on Sunday. 

The TTPS said officers were on mobile patrol along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in the vicinity of Trincity around 5:00 pm when they observed the accused walking along the highway with a belt in his hand. 
 
"Attempts were made to subdue the assailant who displays violent behaviour towards the officers, who resisted application of a greater degree of force in containing the attacker. Whilst the action of the officers is commendable, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service views seriously any attack on its officers," the release said. 
 
Samuel, of Heliconia Crescent, La Horquetta, appeared before Arima Magistrate Debbie-Ann Bassaw on Monday to answer the charges. Bail was denied. 
 
The matter was adjourned to Thursday, September 14, 2017.  
 
Speaking to LoopTT, public information officer ASP Michael Pierre is warning citizens that it is unlawful to prevent officers from carrying out their duties, and anyone who does so will be charged. 

"Police are there for citizens' protection and also to enforce the law. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will not tolerate citizens who are disrespectful or obstruct police officers from executing their duties," Pierre said.