By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE arrested six teens on Tuesday after two videos, one showing a male and a female being beaten and the other showing a juvenile male being brutally attacked, went viral on social media.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Stephen Dean said police initiated the investigation after receiving two official complaints from the victims.
“Police received two official complaints, one from a male and a female who were attacked by a group of males and the other from a male who was attacked by another male,” ACP Dean said.
“Video recordings of both incidents were subsequently publicly posted on various social media sites. The investigation led to the arrest of the six suspects by officers from the Southwestern Division on Tuesday.”
In one video, three young men can be seen approaching a young girl and a juvenile boy. An argument follows and one of the young men is seen slapping the girl then throwing her to the ground. The teenaged boy who was with the young girl attempted to defend her, but two of the men attacked him. During the ordeal, the young boy’s shirt was ripped off, he was kicked in the head and hit with rocks before he managed to run into a yard for protection.
In the other video, a young man is seen threatening another teen boy while a pregnant teen girl watches and another person videotapes the assault. The young man slaps the juvenile boy several times before leaving the area.
In an earlier interview, ACP Dean warned would-be criminals that the police are “always watching, even on social media.”
“We just want to remind persons that police are on the alert for and constantly watching for anyone committing a crime, especially if you are bold enough to post it on social media,” he said.
“We will be keeping a watchful eye for any offence we see being committed on the Internet, it will be actively investigated and the perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
Police investigations are continuing.