Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Charges mount against 'extras' in Spalding police/bus owner drama

A video screen shot of the recent confrontation between a bus owner and a police officer in Spalding on the Clarendon/Manchester border.

A video screen shot of the recent confrontation between a bus owner and a police officer in Spalding on the Clarendon/Manchester border.

Charges are mounting against the men who were allegedly caught on amateur video in Spaldings, Clarendon on February 5,  either assaulting a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, inciting violence against a member of the force, or damaging a police service vehicle.

On Wednesday, 24-year-old Rojay Brown of Ritchies, Clarendon who had earlier been charged for his part in damaging a police service vehicle, pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property when he appeared in the Manchester Parish Court.  He has been ordered to pay $126,000 to cover the cost to repair the damage to the police car.

Brown, who was offered bail in the sum of $70,000 with surety, is booked to return to court on April 17 when he will be sentenced.

Brown’s legal woes relate to the same incident in which 45-year-old bus operator Jermaine Reid was videotaped attacking a policeman who retaliated by shooting Reid. The bus operator also allegedly attempted to disarm the police sergeant.

The incident in Spalding was sparked after police personnel attempted to have Reid’s bus placed on a wrecker for various breaches of the Road Traffic Act. Members of a crowd were heard egging him on before he shoved the policeman and charged at him at which point the sergeant drew his service pistol and fired the weapon hitting Reid. 

In the meantime, charges were also brought against another man – Ripton Reid, who is said to be the cousin of Jermaine Reid and the driver of the bus on the day.

Ripton Reid has been summoned to appear in the Spalding Traffic Court on February 26. He has been charged with operating a vehicle contrary to the terms and conditions of his license, not ensuring passenger safety, driving a defective vehicle, driving without uniform, no PPV badge and failure to wear PPV badge.

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