Police Kill Man After Hug Is Mistaken for Attack

His family wants Grenada police charged with murder.

Toronto Sun

A Toronto man who went to his native Grenada over the holidays to visit family was beaten to death by police officers over a mistaken hug.

Oscar Bartholomew's family is outraged that the officers accused of killing the 39-year-old are only facing manslaughter charges. "Everybody is upset," Anastasia Bartholomew told the Toronto Sun.

Oscar Bartholomew reportedly stopped at a police station with his wife so she could use the restroom. While his wife was in the restroom, Oscar saw a female police officer who he thought was an old friend. He ran up to her and grabbed her from behind, hugging her while he lifted her in the air.

Unfortunately for him, the person he lifted in the air wasn't his old friend, who his family claims was also a cop.

Once fellow officers saw this, they attacked him and allegedly bound his hands and feet with duct tape. A few hours later he was taken to a hospital, where he died the next day from multiple head injuries.

"They never gave him a chance to explain himself," Anastasia alleged. "They tied his feet and his hands. It sounds unbelievable, but it happened."

Five Royal Grenada Police Force officers are now accused of manslaughter.

The family's lawyer said the head injuries were consistent with being beat with a baton.

Oddly, the female cop who Bartholomew's family claims was his friend is now denying that she ever knew Bartholomew. He leaves behind a 13-year-old daughter, who lives in Grenada.

Read more at the Toronto Sun.

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