Haiti: Police officers fatally beat man over bus ride

A man suspected of attempting to ride a bus for free died at the hospital Tuesday after a group of police officers beat him in Ouanaminthe, a border town in the northeast.

In a video that went viral Monday, a police officer threw a handcuffed Péguy Siméon off the bus. Other officers then beat Siméon with baseball bats. Five officers are seen participating.

Siméon had just been deported from the Dominican Republic and did not have the means for transportation, according to local reports. The bus was transporting Catholic worshippers and refused to allow him to ride for free.

Fritz Saint-Fort, director of the northeast department police, said Siméon appeared to be mentally disturbed and was attempting to rob the worshippers. Saint-Fort also said on Radio Magik9 that four police officers involved were put on leave and will be interviewed.


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