SVG Protest: Husband of Opposition Senator choked by police, now arrested

The husband of Opposition Senator Shevern John had to be rushed to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on Thursday afternoon after he was placed in what his lawyer says was a chokehold.

Carlie John was arrested by members of the Rapid Response Unit, a branch of the St Vincent police force, at a protest in the capital city of Kingstown.

Lawyer Kay Bacchus-Baptiste speaking with News784, says the situation reminds her of George Floyd.

According to US media reports, George Floyd lost consciousness after a Minneapolis police officer placed him in a chokehold. He later died.

“Mr John is now at the police station; he was released from the hospital and given medication. He is now arrested. No charges have been laid against him yet”.

Bacchus-Baptiste also told News784 that Adriana King and Patches Knights were also taken into custody.

“It seems to me that the police came to the peaceful protest to cause an escalation”, Bacchus-Baptiste said.

She said the leader of the Opposition and Vice President of the NDP met with the Commissioner of Police on Thursday to find common ground.

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