The Jamaica Police Federation has issued a call for the Minister of Justice to intervene in a matter where a police constable, who was accused of going against a judge’s order, was brought before the court in handcuffs while he was in uniform.
Reports from senior officials in the police federation are that the constable had another matter in a separate courtroom with similar jurisdiction and had communicated to the appropriate persons about this development. Reports are that this was highlighted to the judge.
Allegations from the federation are that despite this information being shared, the judge still instructed that action be taken against the constable.
The development has left some Jamaica Constabulary Force members fuming.
“The actions of the St Elizabeth Parish Court Judge has earned the ire of the Police Federation and the rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who are demanding answers and redress from the Judiciary and the Justice Minister,” a release from the police federation said.
“The arrogance displayed by the judge is an abuse of power and has eroded the trust and working relationship with the court as this is not the first report of this nature, the release from the federation said.
“A Superior Court officer has violated the constitutional rights of the constable and has violated the human dignity of the member and must be held accountable. No one is above scrutiny and accountability, the federation release said.
“Our members are becoming more demoralized as the actions of citizens from all levels of society in dealing with the police are egregious and atrocious. The Police Federation is demanding swift action to repair the damage caused by the judge’s action,” the release stated.