Not Much Police Can Do in Response to Threats


The Police are admitting this morning that the existing legislative framework does not allow them to take decisive action in all situations involving a threat of violence.

The issue was raised recently following the death of 20 year old Alicia Garey of Ocho Rios, St. Ann who was killed by her ex boyfriend.

She had previously made a report to the police that she was being threatened by her ex boyfriend.

The Police say they they warned the man but Ms Garey’s family is contending that was not enough.

Speaking on Nationwide at Five last evening Attorney at Law Bert Samuels noted that there isn’t much the police can do when one partner threatens the other.

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However she says more officers have been trained to assess situations in the events of threats in domestic disputes which could escalate to acts of violence.

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Superintendent Lindsay says it may be time to look at the current legislative framework dealing with domestic violence cases.

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The police have attributed 37 percent of the murders in Jamaica to domestic disputes.

Meanwhile, Mr. Samuels is agreeing with the notion that dealing with domestic violence cases is a complex matter.

He outlined the options opened to women who’ve been threatened by their partners or ex lovers.

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Mr. Samuels is suggesting that women be better educated on how best to handle the situation.

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