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Montague demands police probe into damning video allegations against senior JCF members

Published:Monday | November 21, 2016 | 11:31 PM
National Security Minister Robert Montague

National Security Minister Robert Montague has directed Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into allegations made against senior members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in a video being circulated on social media.

The 0:07:33 video features a former member of the JCF accusing senior members of the JCF of being involved in extra-judicial killings, having close ties to criminal elements and facilitating perpetrators and other alleged acts of corruption.

“Jamaica let me tell you, you can’t trust the police. I tell you plain, you cannot trust the police. It’s a corrupt criminal entity and any police who speak out in danger,” he said in the video.

In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry of National Security said Montague has taken “careful note” of the video.

IN PHOTO: Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams

Further, the ministry said Montague has brought it to the attention of the Police Commissioner and the chairman of the Police Service Commission.

It said Montague has also demanded a plan of action “to address the charges if they are found to be valid.”

“If we are to defeat crime and violence in the country, Jamaicans must be able to trust their national security institutions enough, especially the Police, in order to become fully engaged in the fight against criminality and the forces of lawlessness”, Montague said.

Speaking during a news conference earlier today, head of the JCF’s Criminal Investigations Branch Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell confirmed that the man in the video was removed from the JCF in 2014, but dismissed as malicious, the allegations made in the video.

“A full report will follow, but my initial comment is that a lot of what I saw is malicious, mischievous and probably reckless,” Powell told journalists.