Mon | Sep 25, 2017

Commish to receive report on police and Gordon Town woman in arrest tussle

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 7:47 PM
Screen grab taken from The Gleaner's front page today.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams is to get a report today on an incident involving a St Andrew police team involved in a tussle to arrest a woman on a roadside on the weekend.

The incident which took place on Saturday in Gordon Town, St Andrew was caught on video and has renewed concern about police brutality in Jamaica.

Head of Area Four Police in which the St Andrew Central police division falls, Senior Superintendent Terrence Bent says the video is disturbing and the matter is being investigated with urgency. 

 

Head of the Police Area Four, Senior Superintendent Terrence Bent

Meanwhile, SSP Bent says it is important that the person who recorded the video comes forward. 

He told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that if the person does not give a statement, the video cannot be used as evidence.

Meanwhile, the woman, has been charged with resisting arrest as well as using indecent language and unlawful wounding.

She's on bail. 

The video seen by The Gleaner is about four and a half minutes long.

Bent said he could not speak conclusively on what led to the tussle but the video started with a shouts of 'police brutality' by an onlooker as the woman is pushed onto the side of a police van marked Area 4. 

After trying to fight off the police, the woman was eventually handcuffed after she fell to the ground and a cop knelt in her stomach and another pulled her hair. 

SSP Bent said a corporal and two constables from the Half-Way Tree police, who were involved, remain on frontline duty. 

The Inspectorate of the Constabulary head by Assistant Commissioner Ray Palmer is leading the probe.