The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, has launched a probe into the physical altercation between a woman and the police in St. Catherine on Monday.

Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM, Hamish Campbell, spoke with Nationwide on Tuesday evening.

Shaloy Smikle reports.


The incident is said to have started after a primary school in Spanish Town called the police to remove a disruptive parent from the school compound.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, multiple attempts to engage the woman peacefully proved futile.

The woman is seen in a video grabbing the uniform of a female member of the constabulary who, in turn, holds on to the woman’s hair. The woman is then seen being pushed into a police vehicle by two police.

She was subsequently arrested and charged with assaulting the police and resisting arrest.

Speaking on Nationwide at Five on Tuesday, Mr. Campbell says he’s received a report on the incident from the JCF’s Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau, IPROB.

Mr. Campbell says the civilian has since been granted bail. He noted that INDECOM will contact the woman as part of their investigation.

In their response to the incident, the JCF has urged members of the public to cooperate with the police during interactions, including arrests.

The JCF says under Section 15 of the Constabulary Force Act, the police are given authority to arrest individuals without a warrant.

Meanwhile, Mr. Campbell says the situation could have been avoided if handcuffs were readily available to the police.

Hamish Campbell, Assistant Commissioner at INDECOM.

In the meantime, Executive Director at Jamaicans for Justice, Mickel Jackson, says the police have a greater responsibility to de-escalate the situation during conflicts with civilians.

Miss Jackson says citizens must know their rights when faced with arrest by the police.

However, she questioned the actions of the JCF in relation to the policewoman involved in the altercation.

Mickel Jackson, executive director at Jamaicans For Justice. She was also speaking on Nationwide at Five on Tuesday.