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Charges laid against Grenada cops in fatal beating of Toronto man

Last Updated Nov 18, 2017 at 12:47 pm EDT

Oscar Bartholomew is shown in this undated Facebook memorial page photo. Five police officers charged with beating a Toronto man to death in Grenada have been granted bail. The officers are charged with manslaughter in the death of 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew, whom relatives say was beaten into a coma on Boxing Day after he hugged a plainclothes policewoman he'd mistaken for a friend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Facebook

Four police officers have been arrested and charged in the 2011 death of Toronto resident Oscar Bartholomew in Grenada, according to local media.

Bartholomew died after allegedly being beaten into a coma on Boxing Day 2011 while he was in a jail cell in the hamlet of St. David’s.

Five officers were initially charged with manslaughter following the incident. The charges were dropped in 2013 when a judge ruled that a coroner’s inquest was necessary before the criminal case could proceed.

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