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13 cops threaten JLP candidate Meadows with lawsuit

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 2:29 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Thirteen cops have said that Meadows made damaging accusations against them in the electronic, print media and on social media on January 17 and 18.

Thirteen cops are accusing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), candidate, Dennis Meadows of defamation and have threatened court action if he does not meet their demands for compensation. 

Dennis Meadows is a Justice of the Peace and the JLP's caretaker for North Trelawny. 

Attorney-at-law Oswest Senior Smith who is representing the police officers wrote a letter to Meadows on February 4 outlining their contentions.

The cops are assigned to the Trelawny Proactive Investigation Unit.

 

Jovan Johnson reports

The cops contend that the alleged false accusations stemmed from the detention of the son of Meadows' helper at the Falmouth police station in October last year.

According to the letter, the helper's son was detained on October 31 and Meadows went to the Falmouth police station the following day.

Meadows reportedly demanded to participate in the interview in his capacity as a JP but was denied because of his connection with the man. 

They said Meadows was told he could observe.

It's further alleged that he made similar demands in relation to another man detained under the anti-lottery scam act in January. 

The lawyer's letter noted that Meadows was refused clearance to participate in the interview on the basis that he is not a JP assigned to the parish of Trelawny

The cops say Meadows made the alleged damaging accusations against them in the electronic, print media and on social media on January 17 and 18.

The letter states that Meadows' failure to arrive at a settlement within the next 14 days will result in legal action in the Supreme Court.