Outcomes - Selected Case Summaries

Reasonable Use of Force During Arrest

Investigation | 30 October 2019
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)

A woman approached an ex-boyfriend in the parking lot outside a nightclub and started a physical confrontation. An off-duty police officer witnessed the situation escalate and attempted to intervene until uniform officers arrived at the location. The complainant alleged the officers did not have the authority to arrest her and the amount of force used was unreasonable.

Our investigation established that the officers were acting within their authority and their actions were proportionate given the resistance and lack of cooperation of the complainant. The Police Law allows police officers to use reasonable force in the execution of their duties. The Ombudsman did not support the complaint.