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UPDATE: Female motorcyclist in video-taped arrest gives statement to INDECOM

Published:Saturday | September 1, 2018 | 7:55 PM
Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM Hamish Campbell

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it is now taking steps to identify the two policemen involved in an incident captured on video in which one of them appears to slam a female motorcyclist to the ground while trying to arrest her.

Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM Hamish Campbell says his agency is being assisted by the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Bureau of Special Investigations and expects to be able to identify the two cops by this weekend or early next week.

Campbell told The Gleaner today that INDECOM commenced a formal investigation into the incident yesterday and has already received a statement from the female motorcyclist detailing her account of what transpired.

He declined to discuss her claims and said he does not know if the woman has been charged with any criminal offence.

“We have her account, but it is not going to be appropriate to discuss that in this forum until we speak to the officers concerned and hear their accounts,” he explained.

Further, Campbell said the oversight body has received a video recording of the incident, which according to the JCF occurred earlier this month along Mandela Highway in St Catherine.

Persons in the video, which has been posted on YouTube, claimed that the woman was knocked from her motorcycle by a car in which the policemen were travelling.

The video appears to show one of the cops grabbing the woman in the chest area and slamming her to the ground.

Her motionless body is then dragged along the road surface before she is placed in handcuffs.

“Look how you a do the woman? How you fi a do the woman that?” a woman recording the incident questioned.

“Look wha the policeman really a do the woman after you lick her off a her bike. Me a send this go a INDECOM, oonu too unfair and wicked,” she added, making reference to the Independent Commission of Investigations.

Campbell said the woman sustained injuries during the incident, but has not been hospitalised.

“We are looking into the post-event incidents…the way she was treated (by police personnel at the scene). Clearly she was an injured lady,” he noted.

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