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Trinidad television crime show host arrested in confrontation with police

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday February 17, 2016 – A television crime show host in Trinidad and Tobago is facing resisting and obstructing charges, after a confrontation with a senior police officer who also hosts a show on a competing television station.

The altercation between Ian Alleyne, who is well-known for his Crime Watch programme on CNC3, and Inspector Roger Alexander who hosts Beyond the Tape on TV6, occurred outside the home of a businessman accused of domestic violence.

Alleyne and his cameraman were at the house following the story for his programme, as police executed a search warrant at the residence.

The television host is expected to appear in court later today on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing an officer in execution of duties, and using obscene language.

During his time in police custody yesterday, before he was released in the evening, Alleyne was taken to hospital after complaining of being in pain and feeling unwell. That was after his personal doctor was reportedly denied the opportunity to tend to him.

Alleyne’s lawyer described the situation as “a flagrant abuse of police power in the worst possible way”.

Attorney-at-law Gerald Ramdeen said his client, who had previously worked with Alexander, was being victimized, and the video of the incident, which has being widely circulated on social media, would confirm that.

“It is very unfortunate what Mr. Alleyne was put through because, clearly, one person is using police powers to abuse another citizen for private gain and many consequences can flow from this and flow from the actions of the police,” Ramdeen said.

“My client is being victimized and treated in a particular way by an officer who has a competing show on a competing channel, and if this is what we have come to in 2016, it is very unfortunate. I hope the authorities, more so the PCA [Police Complaints Authority], pick up this matter and deal with what has transpired here.”

IMAGE: Ian Alleyne will appear in court to answer three charges today. (Photo: Trinidad Express)

For more on this story go to: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/trinidad-television-crime-show-host-arrested-in-confrontation-with-police#ixzz40Rx2rU8K

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