Phillips Says Pepper Spraying Incident Shows Why Giving More Powers To The Force Is Dangerous


Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, says the controversial pepper spraying incident highlights the dangers of having prolonged periods in which police have extreme powers.

Dr Phillips is a former National Security Minister.

Dr Peter Phillips, Opposition Leader, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.

An almost 7-minute long video circulating on social media shows the retired senior cop being pepper sprayed in his eyes after disobeying the Policeman’s request to exit his vehicle.

In the video circulating on social media, the Policeman was seen conducting traffic duties on Molynes Road in St. Andrew.

The Constable on duty can be heard asking the retired Superintendent, Altamont ‘Parro’ Campbell several times to exit the vehicle because he didn’t have his driver’s license.

However, the retired senior officer did not comply.

It was at this moment Campbell was pepper sprayed in the eye by the Constable after he attempted to exit the vehicle.

Campbell’s concerned son was sitting in the passenger’s seat capturing the incident.

He expressed frustration to two other Policemen about the treatment his father had received after 40-years of service to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The retired officer reportedly exited the vehicle when another senior officer who goes by the name Watson arrived on the scene.

Campbell’s son expressed to Watson that the Constable in the incident should be fired..

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

3 thoughts on “Phillips Says Pepper Spraying Incident Shows Why Giving More Powers To The Force Is Dangerous

    1. noname

      the retired policeman should have complied with the instructions of the traffic police. Step out of the vehicle…
      Perhaps he thinks because he has served he is now priviledged to do what he wants.
      there was no need however to pepper spray him instead he should have issued him the penal action for not having his papers.
      a lesson to all concerned, obey the laws of the land and all will be well!

  1. Yolanda Gunter

    I think the police who pepper spray the superintendent of police was wrong. I mean no body is above the law,but that is abusing his power and that is how they handle other citizen on the road I think the sup no his rights. These policemen must have more respect for citizen.this is to show the level of disrespect we have in society both from regularly people and the law.


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