Girl, 5, knocked down by police vehicle

BELMONT residents, on Saturday night engaged in a heated confrontation with officers of the Belmont Police Station, following an incident in which a five-year-old girl was knocked down by a police vehicle in the area.

According to reports, around 9.15 p.m., Akeila Caesar was struck by the police vehicle outside a shop along Norfolk Street. The girl suffered a broken arm, broken leg, injuries to her chest, a fractured jaw and a slash to her face for which she received 40 stitches.

Police sources confirmed that the incident had occurred, but declined to speak further, saying that the matter was under investigation. The officers also confirmed that several residents had gathered outside of the station in protest, resulting in the police having to call in reinforcement.

When the Express visited the area yesterday, several eyewitnesses to the incident said, the officer driving the van was irresponsible by travelling at such a high speed along the roadway.

Eyewitnesses also stated that following the incident, when the child’s father arrived on the scene, the officers were “more vex with he than anything”. The officers, they claim, grabbed cellphones from those who were recording the happenings following the incident and deleted “the evidence”.
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