Saturday 31 October, 2020

'Indecent proposal': JA Police probe harassment claim against cop

The police high command in Jamaica says it has launched an investigation into a sexual harassment allegation made by a female against a male police officer last weekend.

The female made the claim via social media platform Twitter on Saturday, alleging that the incident occurred earlier the same day in downtown Kingston.

“Bruh, I went downtown today and a police officer stopped me saying he has an important question to ask. His question was whether or not I had on underwear,” the complainant, who goes by the social media name 'Black Cherry', tweeted.

'Black Cherry' said, in response to the shocking question by the police officer, she accused him of sexual harassment. But the officer's response was shocking as well, she said.

“I told him that’s sexual harassment and he replied 'but me never touch you'.” 

The allegation brings to the forefront the age-old argument that some police officers are not aware of some of the laws they are sworn to enforce.

In the meantime, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) condemned the incident via its Twitter account.

“What you have described is reprehensible and unbecoming of a member of the JCF,” the JCF tweeted in response to the complainant, adding "We intend to take action on this matter."

The JCF also asked the complainant for more details on the incident and "any particulars" of the accused policeman.

On Monday, police insiders told Loop News that they were awaiting a formal report from the female. The sources said the Police Commissioner has also taken an interest in the matter.

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