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Four in police custody after Bulla Lane residents block road

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 PM

Four people are in police custody after residents of Bulla Lane in downtown Kingston yesterday set fire to a section of the roadway along Orange Street.

Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the police force, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night that the four persons, including a woman, will be charged for obstructing the work of the police.

Irate residents claim they were pepper-sprayed and some persons beaten by the cops.

A woman, who says her grandson was recently released from prison after completing a 20-year sentence, claims that he is being targeted by the lawmen.

The residents say the man who was released from prison and a group of men were rounded up, beaten and taken away to the Kingston Central Police Station.

However, Superintendent Lindsay said last night that the police had gone into the area based on intelligence which suggest that the man who was released from prison is behind a spate of criminal activities.

She said residents became boisterous and four persons, including the man in question, were subsequently taken to the Kingston Central Police Station.

The CCU head said reinforcement was called in to quell the disturbance that resulted from the arrest of the four persons.