A Pembroke mother is distraught after claiming her teenage son was badly beaten by Police after being involved in a motorcycle chase.
Speaking exclusively to Today In Bermuda, Leasser (Lisa) Swan says she received a number of phone calls just after 7.30 last night from people claiming that they saw her son, Stanwon, 17, being beaten by a Police officer—despite the boy being handcuffed.
According to Mrs. Swan, her son was spotted by officers riding a 100cc bike, which would have rendered him disqualified from riding the vehicle by age. When officers tried to stop him, he gave chase before pulling over in the western bus layby on St. John’s Road, near the bottom of Berkeley Hill.
And, by the youth’s account (see video below), when he stopped, he raised his hands in the air. He was then handcuffed by the two officers who chased him and then one proceeded to beat him about the head and face.
Mrs. Swan says after receiving the calls, she and her husband rushed to the Hamilton Police Station to locate her son, but he was not there.
“I was told that he was being taken to the hospital because he has fallen and hurt his face,” she says.
Her daughter, Malisa, went in to see the teenager first, and when she came out of his room, Mrs. Swan says she was crying.
“When I went in and saw my son, I lost it. I was very upset and was screaming, ‘What did they do to my son’. I was so upset that I had to leave because I was causing a scene and I didn’t want to end up in trouble.”
Malisa has been dealing with hospital staff on behalf of her devastated parents.
“My brother is in a lot of pain and remains in the hospital with bleeding on the brain. He cannot eat. The doctor told me that he was definitely beaten with something but he is unable to say what. He has no bruises on his arms or lower body; just his head and face. He spent the night but is still in Police custody because of the chase.
“My family is not saying him not stopping was right but there was no need for them to beat him like this.
We would also like to point out that there was one officer, Sgt. Astwood who seemed bothered by what happened. He tried to clean up my brother’s face and was asking a lot of question about what happened.”
“My brother knows what he done wasn’t right, but it doesn’t mean that they had the right to almost kill him.”
Today In Bermuda reached out to the Bermuda Police Service for comment and was informed that a statement is forthcoming.
Judy Smith Saturday, 02 January 2016 18:22 Comment Link
I can believe this. When my son was 15 and on the back of a bike and the rider decided to run from the police. He would have been hurt if he tried to jump off. When the Police caught up with them they were thrown in the paddy wagon and beaten.... So yes it can be a very true story unfortunately, and the Police are usually the FOREIGNERS (as in my son and his friends case) not Bermudians.... Bermuda for Bermudians...........Report
Concerned citizen Saturday, 02 January 2016 17:53 Comment Link
I personally remember this young person and he came into my job and started cursing his friends and making a scene. No respect and utterly rude. Thats what kind of behaviour he displays in a public place. If people keep on defending criminals how will society improve and maintain its safety. When you directly experience this disregard and disrespect of young individuals in this country than all of you enablers will be singing a different tune. And why do people have to always bring race into this. Typical. A criminal is a criminal no matter what race and this guy will most likely not change his behaviour because people defend him and claim that hes been victimized. Society is a victim of these detrimental people who are poorly raised. We as taxpayers have to absorb the costs made by criminals. Who pays for police officers who pays for criminals to be in westgate? We as taxpayers are the ones paying the price and are the victims.Report
patty Saturday, 02 January 2016 17:51 Comment Link
please point out that eventually people get tired of pest doing what they like. Google him. He should not have been on that bike he has already been in trouble in the past year for riding. And also to his parents he may not have came from a single parent home..... but clearly both of you together can control. Lets just say the beating was coming soon whether it came from police or people tired of being victims to him.Report
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN RIGHT FROM WRONG Saturday, 02 January 2016 17:18 Comment Link
Ok I understand that the police were wrong if they did beat him but please point out that eventually people get tired of pest doing what they like. Google him. He should not have been on that bike he has already been in trouble in the past year for riding. And also to his parents he may not have came from a single parent home..... but clearly both of you together can control. Lets just say the beating was comin soon whether it came from police or people tired of being victims to him. **EDITED**Report
bermyindian Saturday, 02 January 2016 16:27 Comment Link
Yes it's wrong for the police to hand out any kind of punishment to anyone if their life is not in danger. If they are going to become judge jury and executioner a lot of people will be out of jobs. Nothing new under the sun it's been going on for years. America sneezes we catch their cold. Body cams soon come.Report
Confused Saturday, 02 January 2016 16:18 Comment Link
Anybody else but me pick up that this guy never said that he was handcuffed and there was only one cop that followed him and beat him, when the account his sister gave says he was handcuffed buy two cops and beaten by one. Then at the very end he says that when questioned by police he told the cop "Don't bully me cause I'm not the one?" That doesn't sound very compliant. And from reading the previous comments he seems to have had no regard for anyone on the streets at the time he was "Giving chase" I am wondering how much of this story is true. I hope all witnesses come forward and this is resolved.Report
watchfuleyes Saturday, 02 January 2016 16:15 Comment Link
Oh we are not going the way of the cops on the States are we???!!! Regardless of his past behaviours if they had him at their mercy why flaunt their power? Let the law or judicial system deal with him.all this other nonsense or distractions about single parents or not or he being disrespectful etc let that die... that cop was wrong.Report
Annoyed Saturday, 02 January 2016 16:00 Comment Link
Why does it even matter on how the child was brought up anyway. All children, teens are different. there up bringing does not depend on how they act and even there future. Why don't you Bermudians just take a break mine your business and keep all opinions to your self enough is enough!!!! It is alright to comment but do it on a respectable manner and realize what you are saying because it could effect othersReport
Jack De Ripper Saturday, 02 January 2016 15:57 Comment Link
Everyone is quick to believe this young man was beaten by police? There has only been hearsay in this article..."His mother said, his sister said, someone said the doctor said. Mind you the doctor has not commented officially and I'm sure they would be paperwork. You go to the dr and tell them "Dr I walked into a door and got a broken nose." That is what the report is going to say. If he had struck one of those kids all could have been said was sorry. Can I asked his family why he was running? Why his sister thought she needed to state "my brother is not a gang member." Are the facts are revealed and turn out their accusations and account are false will they provide another interview with this publication?Report