The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) today confirmed that they are aware of a video circulating showing officers effecting an arrest at a location in Pembroke, but they say the video only shows what happened “after the arrest and not what led to it”.

In a statement released this afternoon (April 10), a spokesman said: “The arrest took place after officers responded to a report of a COVID breach.”

“An estimated 30 people were gathered in an enclosed premises,” he said. 

“Several persons attempted to leave the scene, others were found hiding inside the premises. One individual became aggressive and when warned about his action became even more confrontational towards officers who attempted to arrest him.

“Because of the subject’s aggressive behaviour, there was a use of force proportional to the situation faced by our officers,” he added.

“Other party-goers began confronting our officers who moved to disperse them, warning that they too faced being arrested.

“Our officers produced their tasers in an effort to get the group to comply.

“At no time were tasers deployed, even as the officers were outnumbered and at risk.

“The video depicts only what happened after the arrest and not what led to it,” he said.

“We stand by our officers as throughout the entire episode, they acted professionally, in keeping with the dictates of their training and in compliance with proper police protocol.
“That notwithstanding, a thorough investigation of the matter is now underway.”