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No criminal charges for cops in video-recorded arrest - DPP

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2016 | 2:28 PM
Images taken from a video posted on Facebook of an altercation between police and a woman in Gordon Town, St Andrew.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ruled that no criminal charges be filed against the policemen caught on video trying to subdue a St Andrew woman accused of resisting arrest.

That’s according to a statement released by the Police High Command today.

The High Command says the office of the DPP has instead recommended that a departmental review of the policemen’s action be conducted.

It says the office of the DPP also indicated that the charges filed against the woman should be ventilated in court at the earliest opportunity and that all parties are at liberty to pursue civil remedies.

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The viral video, which was captured in Gordon Town, St Andrew, last month, appears to show two policemen using force to restrain the woman after she was reportedly warned of prosecution for using indecent language.

CCU says in arriving at her ruling, the office of the DPP took into consideration the lawfulness of the arrest, the presence of independent witnesses and the fact that the creator of the video is yet to come forward.

Meanwhile, the Inspectorate of the Constabulary says it will now commence an internal investigations into the actions of the policemen.

It is also appealing to the person who created the video to come forward and assist in their investigation.