Distraught Linstead Market vendor, Kevon Reid, is describing his loss as wicked, after his handcart was destroyed by members of the municipal police on Tuesday.

A video of the incident, showing a municipal police officer demolishing Mr. Reid’s handcart with a sledge hammer, has gone viral.

According to Mr Reid, despite paying his regular dues, his items were also confiscated.

Mr. Reid says losses incurred as a result of Tuesday’s incident, have amounted to more than one hundred thousand dollars.  

According to the vendor, despite having the requisite documents as directed by the authorities, he and his colleagues are being victimized.

Another vendor, Phillip Hylton, says the authorities were abrasive, explaining that he’ll now have to pay for damage to items he had retained on credit.

Phillip Hylton, Linstead Market Vendor.

Action of Municipal Police “Unacceptable” – Minister McKenzie

Meanwhile, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says, the action of the municipal police officer is unacceptable, citing that itinerant vending is permissible under the Market and Vending Act.

Desmond McKenzie, Local Government and Community Development Minister.

He says he’s requested a full report into the incident and has called for the municipal police officers involved to be suspended.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has also condemned the actions of some members of the municipal police in St Catherine who were caught on camera destroying a vendor’s handcart in the parish recently.

Prime Minister Holness says his government remains committed to saving lives and livelihoods.

This, as he explains that the full impact of the crisis is yet to be seen by many Jamaicans who’ll be preparing for back to school in the coming months.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

He was speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony in St Catherine yesterday.