NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamian man has been awarded just over $163,000 in damages from the Supreme Court after winning a more than five-year legal battle in which he alleged that police officers detained him as he was returning a video game to a relative, and punched out his teeth when he questioned an officer about his arrest.
Corporal 2054 Moultrie, the commissioner of police and the attorney general were named as the defendants.
Assistant Registrar Renaldo Toote ruled on the matter.
In January 2015, Latario Rolle, who was 32 at the time, was walking along Malaysia Way in the Elizabeth Estates Subdivision to return a PlayStation 3 game to his cousin when he was stopped by officers on patrol.
The officers searched Rolle without probable cause and discovered a photograph of a gun stored on his phone.
When questioned as to its location, Rolle explained that the photo was obtained from the Internet and was not an actual gun in his possession.
But Rolle was arrested, handcuffed and taken to his home, where he was dragged to the back door.