The Commissioner of Police has referred a complaint of police brutality to the Duty Magistrate after a parent wrote to him saying his son was beaten while in police custody.

The man said his son was in a bar in Paceville when police went up to him because he was smoking. The man claimed that the police roughly manhandled his son, handcuffed him and threw him into a van where he was beaten up and suffered from lacerations to the head as well as bruised ribs and muscles.

In the letter the man called on the Police Commissioner to look into the matter and suggested the installation of cameras in police vans to ensure that  abuse did not take place.

Police Commissioner Michael Cassar in a statement said that in order to ensure total transparency and impartiality, he had referred the case to the Duty Magistrate for an inquiry, more so since the alleged victim had suffered a head injury.

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