This past weekend in the West and Orange Street area near Taylors’ Alley, police say they had to use justifiable force to subdue 50 year old Kent Skeet of Baghdad Street, shooting him in the left leg after he allegedly attacked a police officer while being searched. The incident is now under investigation by the Professional Standards Branch, as explained by second-in-command of Eastern Division Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster.
“More than likely he assaulted the police. I want to draw contrast to the case of PC Blease who allegedly pulled his firearm was charged after a lengthy investigation. We are not here to cover for no police officer. We are here to be fair and balance with the public and as well with the police officers.”
Sr. Supt. Broaster referenced the case of P.C. Linsdale Blease, who was charged for an incident that occurred several months ago. There are conflicting reports, Kent Skeet claiming that he was stopped and refused to allow the officer to search him, after which they struggled and he was shot. The officer, meanwhile, claims that Skeet tried to go for his weapon as the search was already underway. It is up to the PSB to unravel the details, but Kent Skeet has been charged with assaulting a police officer and harm and appeared before Magistrate Herbert Panton on Monday.
He was offered bail of $500 after pleading not guilty and returns to court on October 31. Sr Supt Broaster told reporters that the charges are not the end of the matter, as it is still being investigated, and if there are charges to be brought against the officer, there will be without interference.