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Police officer wins appeal against dismissal

A police officer who was fired for using “excessive force” on a teenage suspect after a high-speed chase has won an appeal against the decision.

Police Constable Oswin Pereira was found by a disciplinary panel of the Bermuda Police Service to have struck Talundae Grant in the head with a baton on May 13, 2017.

He was dismissed without notice for gross misconduct in January, but has now had the decision overturned after a successful appeal to the Public Service Commission.

The commission said in a decision issued on Monday that there was no evidence to support the panel’s finding that Pc Pereira unlawfully assaulted Mr Grant and there was “no physical harm found to be suffered by Mr Grant” at the hands of the officer.

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