BTR News – Sweetwater, Florida is a small town with a population of less than 14,000 is in the news for all the wrong reasons after prosecutors arrested two Sweetwater Police officers amid charges that they beat and waterboarded suspects to gain false confessions.
Officers beat a suspected thief for hours inside the local police station and masked the sound of the beating, “By blaring reggaeton music, all while taking “trophy” photos,” according to a story in the Miami Herald.
Then there was the time a crime suspect was allegedly “pummeled and “water-boarded” – forced to swallow water, in a dark room, until he falsely confessed to a burglary,” said the newspaper report.
Sgt. Reny Armando Garcia, 46 and Sweetwater Police detective William Garcia, 42 were charged with a conspiracy to defraud, racketeering, and conspiracy. Detective William Garcia is already in prison on unrelated identity theft and fraud charges.
This news follows reports of two Seattle police officers who shot and killed Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of four who had summoned police to report a burglary.
Despite several cases of police brutality this week, Donald Trump has said police are being falsely portrayed and unfairly attacked by activists like Colin Kaepernick who this week commenting on the jury acquittal of the cop who killed Philando Castile, tweeted out a photo of a slave catchers badge and called for the system to be dismantled.