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2 police officers in Grenada charged for Oscar Bartholomew’s death

Two police officers have been charged for the death of Toronto man Oscar Bartholomew in Grenada.

The 39-year-old man died in hospital Tuesday after he was allegedly beaten by officers Monday while visiting the Caribbean island. Bartholomew lived in Toronto for 10 years and was visiting his native Grenada over Christmas.

Bartholomew’s relatives claim he was beaten by officers after he mistook a female plainclothes officer for a friend and hugged her in front of a police station.

Kenton Hazzard and Wendell Sylvester have been charged with manslaughter, according to the Associated Press. Three other officers have been detained in the case.

News of the charges came after a second autopsy was conducted by an independent pathologist who concluded Bartholomew had died of head trauma and multiple injuries to the body. A government-ordered autopsy had also been conducted.