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2 Grenada policemen detained after Canadian man’s death

Two policemen were temporarily detained and others have been reassigned after a Toronto man was allegedly beaten to death by officers in Grenada on Tuesday.

The two officers have not been identified or charged, but were questioned in relation to the death of 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew, Grenada Police Commissioner Willan Thompson said. They’ve since been released and are back on the job.

News reports out of Grenada claim Bartholomew mistook a plainclothes female police officer for a friend and hugged her, prompting the beating.

“Let me assure everyone that this matter is being investigated in the most professional manner and we are determined to unearth the truth and anyone found to be culpable will find that justice will take its course,” Thompson said at a press conference.

The slain man’s sister spoke to CityNews on Thursday, saying that kindness “cost him his life.”

“He was like a big bear who always gave big hugs and lifted people off the ground,” Anastasia Bartholomew said.

Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has called for an investigation into Bartholomew’s death. He visited the family home on Wednesday and promised to help with the investigation, Anastasia Bartholomew said.

Anastasia said Oscar is survived by his 12-year-old daughter, Rhea.

With files from Shawne McKeown