NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police have launched an investigation into allegations three young men were brutalized by a senior officer while in custody.
The alleged incident was purportedly recorded by one of the victims, and in it, a man who refers to himself as Assistant Superintendent of Police Derrick Ferguson can be heard slapping and berating others.
In an audio recording that lasts over four minutes, a man can be heard saying: “You know who I is? My name is Derrick Ferguson, assistant superintendent of police. You hear me? Put your hands down. Look at me. Look at me.”
The distinct sound of a slap rings across the audio recording as the officer shouts again: “Look at me.”
A purported officer, who was previously addressing another suspect, can be heard goading the senior officer.
He says: “There you go. That’s what he needs.”
The purported assistant superintendent continues: “Don’t mix me up okay. Don’t mix me up with nobody else. You hear me? I’m talking to you. Did you hear me? Sit your [expletive] down.”
Police Commissioner Paul Rolle confirmed today the officer in question has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, adding that he does not condone police brutality.