Cop assaulted suspect in back of car

| 06/12/2016 | 55 Comments
Cayman News Service

PC Michael “Bobby” Peart

(CNS): A police officer has been convicted of assault ABH and common assault after he beat a suspect arrested in a traffic stop with his truncheon in the back of police patrol car and treated him aggressively at the police station. Michael ‘Bobby’ Peart is the third officer in a week to be convicted of using excessive force during an arrest. Peart denied the allegations but medical evidence and CCTV from the police station supported the claims by the man, who admitted he had initially resisted arrest because he was frustrated when he was stopped in November 2014.

Peart, who came to the RCIPS from Jamaica, was bailed to return for sentencing in March next year and is likely to lose his job.

CNS has contacted the RCIPS and is awaiting a response about the situation surrounding Peart as well as Cardiff Robinson and Austin Etienne, who are also awaiting sentencing for assault after they used excessive force when they tasered a suspect twice during an arrest in East End following a road pursuit.

Concerns have now been raised about the criminal cases that the officers have been involved in as all three have been found not to be telling the truth to the courts.

Both Peart and Robinson gave evidence in the case against former TV reporter Kenneth Bryan after he was accused of assaulting police during an incident last October when he came to the aid of an off-duty female officer and ended up in court. Bryan, a former political assistant to the premier and a candidate in next year’s elections, persistently denied the allegations and suggested that the officers involved, including Peart and Robinson, were not telling the truth.

While Bryan had phone video evidence that supported his claims, he was unable to get that admitted at the time of his trial. His requests for the details of the cases that were pending against the officers giving evidence against him were also denied.

Bryan told CNS that he had some concerns that officers who have now been convicted of criminal charges and who have demonstrably misled the court were believed in his case.

“While I wish to put what happened behind me and focus on the future, I have concerns about the credibility of these officers,” he said. “It is important that the RCIPS is transparent about the consequences regarding these officers and that cases in which they have been involved are reviewed as there may be others who have been wrongly accused.”

RCIPS management has remained tight-lipped over the issue but the new commissioner, Derek Byrne, has said that there is a process that must be followed and once that has taken its course, the public will be informed about the outcome.

While the case against Etienne and Robinson was made public through a press release from the RCIPS following enquiries from the press, the arrest and charges against Peart were never publicized at the time and the case simply emerged on the Summary Court listings.

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  1. Kick them out… I don’t understand how they got jobs as police overseas… Did the rcips or the immigration board did any background check on these pole before they were employed..??… if they are denying the facts of evidence in this case ,.. who knows all the lies they told on innocent people just to make a case and make their records look good…. no matter the nationality. . Once a cop is found to be lying in a matter before the courts… that’s means he should have been a cop in 5he first place… he is just anot her criminal under disguise. ..




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  2. Anonymous says:

    There seems to be set pattern of police officers lying pretty much all over the world, including the U.S. and the U.K. The (often video) evidence is overwhelming. Why the heck aren’t these “bad apples” being weeded out, for goodness sake?




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  3. Anonymous says:

    I can remember back in 05 he Michael “Bobby” Peart came to the place where I was employed at the time to arrest me because I was dating his ex girlfriend. When I ask why he’s aresting me he said I showed him insultive jester while I was driving by him…his objective at the time was to arrest me, get me fired so my boss would terminate my work permit and send me back to jamaica….well Mr Pearth I’m still here getting married very soon to the same girl and still have a clean police record… do you still have a clean police record?




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  4. Anonymous says:

    I have no way of judging whether excessive force was used or not, but what is it that people in Cayman seem to think it is ok to try and evade police or to resist arrest? Isn’t that an offense? What are (or should be) the legal consequence for trying to evade police when they try to pull you over or for resisting arrest?

    Sorry, but this nonsense has to stop. Police is there for a reason. One minute everyone cries that they are not doing what they are supposed to do, next minute everyone tries to run and hide when they are handing out tickets. Getting “frustrated” because having pulled over is not an excuse.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    This officer, good or bad, is Caymanian.
    How many of you have Jamaican, Honduran, Cuban, Mexican, Haitian or any other nations blood coursing through your veins?
    The truth is all of you, you are all interracially mixed and a bunch of hypocritical racists to boot.




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  6. Sanya says:

    I read all ur comments and wonder if any of u are parents. I know this officer personally he is a good person and a good police officer. Don’t know what happen in that car I was not there. But it had to be something for him to do that if he did. I remember when one of my kids got into a slight problem. He was so very good with my child and he never abuse him I don’t like some officers and I don’t agree with excessive force. But one thing I know is now police ain’t gonna help and can one blame them. They dam if they do and double dam if they dont. Without the police it’s a war zone. I won’t agree or condem but trust me it’s 3 sides to every story. One side the other and the truth in the middle. Have a blessed day all




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  7. Anonymous says:

    CNS what ever happened to the case of Frank Owens against Robinson? Is it the only the foot soilders that get mentioned.?




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  8. Anonymous says:

    hes not the only police officer lying in court. the rcips needs to be held accountable as a whole for this. the actions of their officers are directly affecting good people’s lives. for them a simple lie in normal course goes unnoticed and for them it is nothing.. however, that single lie can cause shockwaves through an individual’s lives. again, police need to be held to a higher standard than regular citizens. there is the police law, the bail law, policies, and i would assume they must make oaths to join the force, yet these officers run rampant with how they treat people. dont get me wrong. not all of them are the same. but most of them are.




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  9. StayTuned says:

    What a sapapa!

    TRUTH… the pill everyone wants… but can’t seem to swallow!

    Him, them and many others shall fall… one by one! Many have been trying to tell the “right chiefs” all about these “indians” and their currupt ideas about being an officer or, I like to call it… Being a civilian in “sheep’s clothing”.

    “We Listen” – Yeah, they listen alright! You see people, the “indians” always have to report back to the “chiefs”.

    “We Care” – Yeah, they care alright! They care about that check and those benefits and that pension. Right! They care more about the “side businesses” they have interests in. And trust that they are more loyal to their “brother” than the “suspect”, “guinea pig” or their “stat number” in order to get a higher rank.

    “We Act” – Yeah, they act alright! They put on an act every time they put that uniform on. They give us all a show. They “listen” to what we have told them, they pretend like they “care” and then they “Act” like they know what they are doing.

    If I need to dumb this down for some of you, to sum it up! Like every other chain of command in the world, instructions usually come from the top. All I’m saying is “curruption” also has a “chain of command” and maybe, just maybe a “chief” & their loyal “indian” or two, need to be called out and discovered for who they really are and where they really sit at the table.

    Remember, once a “Cop” twice a “Civilian” and if not careful they won’t have the “sheep” to hide behind.

    Time longer than rope…




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  10. Anonymous says:

    Yesh he need to go! All of these police in Cayman is ridiculous, they abuse the law not in force it ! So picking for him and y’all jobs right !




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  11. Elsie Mae Myles says:

    What goes around in life will come back to you don’t take your eye off Bobbie. Gods know,s he had it comning Carma is for real even if it
    take a while.




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  12. Anonymous says:

    I find CNS to be extremely bias against Jamaicans. This is something that I have noticed over a significant period of time. Every time an incident happens that involve a Jamaican they ensure that they say that the person is Jamaican. However, the same is not done for every expatriate. Why is this??? CNS – same treatment for all. BTW I AM CAYMANIAN… just saying…

    CNS: You’re seeing what you want to see. We always state the nationality where it is known.




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  13. Anonymous says:

    If he had used his taser, none of this would have happened…oh,wait..




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  14. Anonymous says:

    Fans of Peart et al who are defending them for the use of force are missing the point. They lied in court. Do you not understand the significance of this?




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  15. Spare the rod and spoil the child says:

    In my book we need more coppers like him. What stick he dished out was probably on the well deserving. One’s rights to “kid gloves” treatment should be waived if you resist questioning or arrest. We have got it real good here, if you pull these shenanigans with the police in the USA you might just catch some hot lead. Seems the criminals and out of order suspects have more rights to protect them than the average law abiding citizen.

    Sometimes the stick is the only language some suspects understand. Some people don’t respect the police because they can’t seem to do their job, others because they know they can get away with it.

    On the heels of Peart exiting the RICIPS just got a lot softer.




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    • Anonymous says:

      For the sake of tax payers pockets, let’s be thankful you are not on the force. For one, this is not the USA. For two, the RCIPS is no body’s parental unit to be hitting people as a form of discipline. For Three, no one is above the law, there for lying in court is not acceptable just because Peart’s peers think he is a good officer. Lastly, a suspect is just a suspect, innocent until proven guilty. How can we trust an officer to protect and serve when he decides to lie in court? How many other court cases did he give incorrect/false evidence for?




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    • Ann says:

      It seems these cops are thinking they get away with murder in the US what is a few hits with the baton or a double dose of taser after all we don’t have the guns yet.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Last thing we need is more like Bobby. He is a corrupt and violent cop with a long history of rouging up suspects. This is just the first time he has had to answer for it. But I am sure with the state of the Rotten, Corrupt, Incompetent, Police Sadists in our Islands that he will neither do time nor lose his job. This “officer” is the kind of rotten apple that has spoiled the whole barrel. Ask him how many times he has beaten people in handcuffs. And he is not the only one.




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  16. Anonymous says:

    The facts will reveal that Michael Peart was a good cop. Each one of us has made mistakes that we would not repeat. This Officer deserves a second chance. He has his financial obligations and other obligations just like most people do. I do not agree with excessive force but is this act or the degree of the excessive force adequate to dismiss an Officer from the Police Force who has worked tirelessly over so many years to uphold the law of the Cayman Islands. Michael, we are praying for you and may you find peace.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Peart has ruined countless you people’s lives knowingly that also had financial obligations in attempts to move up the ranks of the RCIPS. I have no pity for him. One mistake as a law abiding citizen and you are on the wrong side of the docks. Why should it be any different when someone is hired to uphold the law but knowingly breaks it and then lies in court?




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      • annonymous says:

        Exactly 3:41pm you are so right.

        Lying to the court is no mistake to make, especially as a cop who should know better.

        He was under oath for goodness sake…why can his supporters not understand that?




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    • Ambery says:

      LOL GOOD COP? Surely you don’t know him! He’s showing his TRUE colours! Send him back home yes he don’t deserve living here!




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  17. Donnie says:

    CNS, you need a journalist, not a florist who just sticks things into what they’re arranging to make it look good.
    Where did you get your statement that Peart “came to the RCIPS from Jamaica”. It is absolutely false.
    Michael Peart worked at PWD from 1988 to 2001, 13 years, before leaving to join the RCIPS in late 2001. He was granted Caymanian status in 2003 and was officer-of-the-year in 2006. He’s been in Cayman longer than CNS.
    You obviously reached out to Kenneth Bryan and got his take; nothing wrong with that. Could you not have reached out to Michael Pert or done a little research before misrepresenting the guy? If you have an agenda to make these officers or RCIPS look bad, pursue it with facts, not by making things up.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, Donnie. Let’s ignore the fact that he was just convicted of ABH and found to have lied in court and concentrate on an irrelevant detail to discredit the media. Getting ready for elections?




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    • It Stings like a Bee says:

      Well, CNS did deliver the Knock Out Punch and got it right, just in a left/right way instead of right/left kinda thing. He did come from Jamaica. And he joined the RCIPS. Point made. And Karma strikes again, sorry “Bobby”.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Donnie please go back in your hole to hide. FYI he was convicted and found to be quite the fibber. Stop protecting the dishonest. If he was not a police people would be asking to have him deported. BTW a person’s status should be revoked after being in a position of trust and blatantly lying in the court of law for your own benefit. The purge has begun!




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      • Ann says:

        Too bad if he got his status in the “gold rush” it can’t be revoked, it was granted by Cabinet. Please don’t blame Mac because some of these names were put forward by the PPM also.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Did you say …perjury! Sounds catchy! purge purge for perjury




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    • annonymous says:

      1:22pm While CNS might have made a mistake on that time line…Peart making himself look bad. CNS didn’t mess up and beat anyone. Peart did.

      RCIPS looking bad because some officers like it or not are criminals and the last few happen to be Jamaicans…we have them from all nationality including Caymanians. albeit Peart is local now as he has papers.

      Don’t blame CNS. We are each responsible for our own actions.




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  18. Anonymous says:

    Bad guys 2, Good guys 0. Caymankind. We just want you to act like police officers not be police officers. As Grand Caymans only defense against crime and criminals just how are they supposed to act? They are risking their lives every time they go against one of these guys and you want them to be humble and kind while doing it? If/ when some one is breaking into your house what kind of person do you want answering your cry for help? I mean if your not on the criminals side of course.




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  19. Annonymous says:

    This is a true SHAME! A more dedicated officer you could not find. Screaming SCAPEGOAT!!!!




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  20. baz durzi says:

    I worked the streets with bobby for 4 years from 2007 until the end of 2010. What I can say for sure is that he is the most dedicated officer i have ever had the honor of working with. He was always on duty, 24/7/365 – I have never seen an example like the one he set, would come to work anytime, if a fellow police officer or member of the public required help, he was on duty. His knowledge of the ‘streets’ and criminal activity within them is encyclopedic.

    Make no mistake – every single bad guy in cayman knows him and would love to see him gone from Cayman forever. If he is forced to leave the RCIPS, mark one for the bad guys, and a real loss to law abiding citizens.




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    • rollin says:

      What a shame . I certainly felt and continue to feel that Mr. Peart has Cayman’s best interest in mind. Other than this incident Mr. Peart has always been a true reflection of how policing should be conducted.

      Not sure why this man resisted arrest but something has to been done to allow for arrest without every person screaming victim. Truth is policing in Cayman is becoming harder and harder with the influx of crime, smart ass citizens and sissified human right legislation.




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      • Annonymous says:

        What is wrong with you all?! Can you not understand the importance of being honest?

        Even more so as an officer who should be upholding the law! If he lied in court, we got to all ask ask ourselves, what the heck else he wouldn’t lie about.

        Yes people deserve a chance but ask yourselves this. When a criminal break into your house, or just shot someone or rob a bank…are we happy to suggest they get off because it was one movement of aberration… and they were maybe good in someone else’s eyes before, so should be given a second chance?!

        No I think not!

        As a police officer he should not be lying at any point EVER! This type of behavior has to be nipped in the bud immediately. If it isn’t… corruption will continue to rise and this island will slip further to the hell we are slowly but steadily on our way to.

        Just like many other countries, we read about in the news… we still have some modicum of peace in comparison to other countries. Don’t you all want that to improve?!




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    • Anonymous says:

      One word CURRUPT! He should exit now while the conviction is not too drastic. The courts found that he is not telling the truth. Definitely not an officer I want to see on the force. He feels he is the law. Too many officers do not follow much less know proper procedure and this is a great example. Procedure is there to protect the RCIPS as an entity and an officer as and individual. If an officer decides not to follow procedure and use excessive force or what have you, then the officer becomes a liability to the force regardless of how much they know about criminal activity on the streets. Peart has been known to do things his own way and to use excessive force, I guess this time his luck ran out and he has found him self on the wrong side of the dock. It gives me a bit more confidence in the RCIPS to see that officers are actually being held accountable for their wrong doing. 3 down, only God know how many more to go!




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    • Anonymous says:

      He was a street cop who failed to move into the 21st century. Just surprised it has taken so long for him to fall. Its one thing to threaten and beat minor offenders and quite another to actually build a case and prosecute real criminals.




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  21. Anonymous says:

    He’s handed out a few beat downs in his time. Now off to Jamrock you go.




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    • anonymous says:

      And then you expect them to come running when you cry murder or robbery or any other crime being committed, only for them to be harassed by the courts for protecting you all. I am sorry for you lot.




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      • Anonymous says:

        You get what you pay for……I suggest the salary is increased to $100,000.00 and the requirements are increased to match it.

        I bet when we have police with law degree, degrees in criminal justice along with a good amount of experience joining the ranks we will watch as the murders are no longer recruited, homicide/suicide falls to the side, and police stalking young women and cocaine ceases to go missing.

        At that point, I would suspect that you will not hear stories of throats getting popped in broad daylight …witnesses fleeing to avoid death and criminals able to exit the country whilst on bail

        Increase the salaries and start recruiting globally…hire the best of the world not the “best of the region” or your friend in Liverpool




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      • Bobby says:

        Well well, what a beautiful day with this good news. Finally this uniform animal has been put to a stop. He always thought time would not catch up with him. Hope he gets jail time(meeting some of who he put there )and deported on the day of release. Another reason society refuse to speak to POLICE.




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  22. Anonymous says:

    Drain the swamp!




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  23. Anonymous says:

    He had it coming.




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  24. JTB says:

    Where is the usual parade of comments calling for him to be deported?




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  25. Anonymous says:

    Photo of the year!




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    • Anonymous says:

      Fact is Michael Pearl was not recruited from Jamaica, to the RCIPS. He was employed with the NRA and joined the RCIPS. Get the facts.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Pounding the asphalt to pounding people. The point is that these cops have lied in court, Whilst under oath! They might have sent people to prison by intentionally lying. People might deserve a beat down, I have had them.from the RCIPS before but lying about shit and ruining people’s lives to protect other.liars is pure phukry.




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      • Anonymous says:

        LOL and you clearing that FACT up makes a BIG difference how?




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