Outcomes - Selected Case Summaries



DUI Suspect Alleges Mistreatment in Custody

Investigation | 04 February 2020
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)

A complaint was forwarded to the Ombudsman in May 2018 concerning the treatment of a DUI suspect following his arrest. The arrest occurred in January 2015, and the initial complaint taken by the RCIPS PSU was never resolved.

The complainant alleged that officers took him to the police station following his refusal to take a breathalyzer test at the scene of a traffic stop. The man stated that police gave him water that made him sick and that one of the officers slapped him in the face.

The Ombudsman was provided with no evidence that the water given to the DUI suspect was contaminated in any way. The police officer who was alleged to have struck the suspect was no longer with the RCIPS at the time of the Ombudsman’s investigation. Therefore, that matter fell outside the jurisdiction of this office.

The complaint was dismissed in February 2020.