Mon­tague or­ders probe of so­cial me­dia video

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Livern Bar­rett Se­nior Gleaner Writer livern.bar­rett@glean­erjm.com See full state­ment from Po­lice High Com­mand at www.ja­maica-gleaner.com.

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 sev­en­minute-and-33-sec­ond video features a for­mer mem­ber of the JCF, Ty­rone Brown, ac­cus­ing se­nior mem­bers of the force of be­ing in­volved in ex­tra­ju­di­cial 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,” Brown said in the video.

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

PLAN OF AC­TION

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

The state­ment 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 yes­ter­day, 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.

In a state­ment last night, the Po­lice High Com­mand re­it­er­ated Pow­ell’s claim that Brown’s com­ments were false, ma­li­cious and li­bel­lous.

Be­fore out­lin­ing the cir­cum­stances un­der which Brown left the Force, the High Com­mand said all of the po­lice of­fi­cers named in the so­cial me­dia post had in­structed their at­tor­neys to in­sti­tute civil ac­tion against him.

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