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Police Fed accuses Douglas of disrespect

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:28 AM
Kari Douglas, JLP councillor of the Trafalgar division.
Kari Douglas, JLP councillor of the Trafalgar division.

The Police Federation has lambasted Jamaica Labour Party Councillor Kari Douglas for disrespecting officers “in the professional execution of their duties”, charging that no one was above the law.

Douglas, councillor for the Trafalgar division in St Andrew South East, was arrested and charged under the Disaster Risk Management Act after allegedly breaching the nightly curfew. She was also charged with disorderly conduct after it is alleged that she became boisterous and hurled abusive language at the police.

Chairman of the federation, Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe, said that notwithstanding an exemption, Douglas should have given a proper account of herself.

The federation says the wanton disrespect meted out to police officers by some politicians is unbecoming of public servants.

“This is not the first altercation Ms Douglas has had with persons who were carrying out their legitimate function,” Rowe said in a press statement issued yesterday.

That reference harks back to a bust-up between Douglas and a medical doctor at Bustamante Hospital for Children last November when she barged into an examination room and demanded that her child be treated.

Douglas was accused of using expletives and preventing the doctor from leaving the room.

The child, who reportedly had a temperature, had initially been triaged and the illness deemed a non-emergency.

On Tuesday, Douglas posted on her Instagram account that she was delivering care packages under the COVID-19 relief programme.

She cited as her defence exemptions for mayors and councillors under the Disaster Risk Management Act.

According to the police, Douglas was arrested at 9:28 p.m. after she was stopped along Meadowbrook Avenue. The police said that she failed to identify herself as an exempted person. She received station bail in the sum of $20,000 and is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on May 6.

Douglas, who has denied the allegations, citing political motives, crossed the floor of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation earlier this year to join the ranks of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party. She ran on a People’s National Party ticket in the last local government elections.