Police federation backs cops on Kari Douglas arrest
Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe
The Jamaica Police Federation has come out in support of its members who were involved in the arrest of Councillor Kari Douglas in St Andrew on Tuesday night under the Disaster Risk Management Act and for disorderly conduct.
The federation said notwithstanding her exemption from the curfew order as a councillor, Douglas should have given a proper account of herself in the engagement, and should have had a proper identification that would have clearly indicated her exemption from the outset.
Reports from Douglas were that she presented her driver’s licence, not her identification as the Councillor for the Trafalgar Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).
It was reported that police said she disrespected them after they rejected the form of identification which she presented, but Douglas has denied any misconduct on her part during the incident.
Councillors are among elected politicians who are exempted from the curfew order which has been implemented amid the fight that has been mounted nationally against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The federation said the wanton disrespect that has been meted out to police officers by some politicians over time, has been unbecoming of public figures reflective of the nation's leadership.
Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe, Chairman of the federation, noted that Tuesday’s incident was not the first altercation that Douglas has had with persons who were simply carrying out their legitimate public functions.
He said, while not going into details as the matter is under investigation, the account of the councillor's actions were very disturbing.
The federation head said the body will stand by its members in the lawful and professional execution of their duties, as no one is above the law.