(Jamaica Gleaner) Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has ordered an immediate investigation into allegations that a 19-year-old Rastafari woman, Nzinga King, was cut by a policewoman in a dungeon in Clarendon.
The commissioner says the results of the investigation will be made public.
In a video posted to social media today, the woman and her mother called for justice.
“While investigations into this matter are ongoing, it must be categorically stated that people’s hairstyles – especially that of Rastafarians – have NO place in the modern JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force),” the commissioner said. .
See JCF’s full statement below:
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is aware of a video circulating on social media in which a young woman and her mother claim that JCF members attached to the Four Paths police station in Clarendon forcibly cut its locks.
Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson ordered an immediate investigation into the allegations; the results of which will be made public. A team of investigators from the Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau (IPROB) was immediately dispatched to Clarendon to investigate the women’s allegations and objectively determine the facts surrounding the case. The JCF high command has already engaged the leadership of the division and the area in an attempt to establish exactly what happened, when and by whom.
In the video, the young woman – who claims to be a longtime Rastafarian – suggests that she was unfairly detained by police following an incident in a passenger car. The case she is talking about was duly tried by a judge in a court, where she was found guilty and sentenced.
The allegations of human rights abuses made by the young woman and her mother are considered by the High Command to be of a very serious nature and are therefore treated as such. While investigations into the matter are ongoing, it must be categorically stated that people’s hairstyles – especially that of Rastafarians – have NO place in modern JCF.
Such behavior on the part of a JCF member would be incompatible with JCF’s diversity policy and our values of respect for all people and their human rights. Any police officer who, in 2021, would thus violate the rights of any person, would not be fit to continue as a police officer / woman.
We assure both the public and our members that a transparent and fair investigation will be conducted.