Trelawny council to probe alleged abuse by municipal police
Richard Morais, Gleaner Writer
The Trelawny Parish Council is to launch an investigation into an incident involving the use of force against a civilian by four municipal police personnel in Falmouth.
The accused municipal personnel have been suspended from some duties pending the outcome of the investigation. The incident came to light after a video showing the accused personnel mistreating the civilian emerged last week.
The video, which was being circulated on the Internet, shows a man being hit and dragged by the accused officers, clad in their uniforms, as he resisted arrest. The incident occurred after a clamp had been placed on the man's motor vehicle by the municipal cops.
Reacting to the video, Mayor of Falmouth Garth Wilkinson, says the abuse of civilians will not be tolerated by the local council. He says the council is seeking legal advice on the matter and conducting investigations into the incident.
However, he says the police have not received a statement from the civilian in the video nor the person who videotaped the incident.
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