Cop charged with abusing junior rank, threatening driver

ASP, Frank Thompson

CITY Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday placed Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Frank Thompson on $120,000 bail for the offenses of verbal assault and using threatening language.

A video on popular social media website, Facebook, went viral after ASP Thompson was seen making threats and verbally assaulting a junior rank who was on duty at the time of the incident.

Thompson, 29, of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara denied the allegation which stated that at Broad Street, Georgetown on February 22, 2017, he made use of threatening language to Hemchand Budhai.

Thompson also pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on the said date, he made use of abusive language to Police Constable Leandrea Gillis. The court heard that this incident stem from an altercation between Thompson and Budhai.

The court heard that on the day in question, Thompson’s vehicle had crashed into Budhai’s vehicle. Budhai then approached Constable Gillis, who was told of the incident and that was when he intervened.

According to the allegations, when ASP Thompson was approached by the virtual complainant, he responded abusively with colourful language, and even threatened to kill Budhai as well as the occupants of Budhai’s vehicle.

When Constable Gillis arrived on the scene, he spoke with Budhai, after which he escorted Budhai to ASP Thompson’s vehicle. It was then that ASP Thompson, after hearing the allegation by Budhai, asked the junior police rank, “what the f&*k you gon do about it?!”

Police Constable Gillis then made a report to his superior, and ASP Thompson was escorted to the Brickdam Police State by Gillis and Police Corporal Jones. ASP Thompson was granted $60,000 bail on each of the charge after bail was not objected to by the police prosecutor.

ASP Thompson also told the court he has another matter in the court, related to careless driving. He will return to court on March 27, 2017.