Police deal with mi like mi a criminal - ■ Denham Town residents angry as lawmen scuffle with man
Up to press time, the police were maintaining a strong presence in sections of Nelson Road in Denham Town, after residents attempted to mount roadblocks yesterday following a confrontation between resident Romaine Abrahams and a police team early Sunday morning.
When THE STAR visited the western Kingston community yesterday, the 25-year-old said that he had just returned from the hospital.
He stated that he was feeling much pain and had some difficulty moving. He said, he gets teary eyed whenever he watches the video of the incident that was captured by residents.
"The police dem deal with mi like mi a criminal ... like a man who murder people. Dem kick mi up and mi not even know what dem use to burst mi head. Dem step up inna mi neck and mi shoulder. Right now mi can't even move mi neck the right way. The entire ordeal leave mi a way because not even work mi nuh get to go because a bare pain mi inna," he said.
Abrahams told THE STAR that he was preparing for work when he heard the police banging on the grille to his home.
"Mi say mommy go look and see what dem police deh want because mi a put on mi clothes. When she go to them, they asked who was inside the house, so mi go look and tell dem say mi likkle bredda and sista inside a sleep and same time dem grab mi inna mi underpants. So mi ask dem why dem a deal wid mi suh," he said. "When mi a go dung the step one a dem raise him gun to lick mi and mi tell him say him can't lick mi with that."
A part of the video shows a shirtless Abrahams walking down a flight of steps with a group of policemen, one of whom placed his hand in his back.
Shortly after they reached ground level, an altercation developed where a policeman was seen kicking Abrahams in the head but not before he was punched a few times. Another policeman then attempted to pull away his colleague.
Abrahams said he was placed in handcuffs and taken to the ZOSO headquarters for approximately 10 hours during which he said he was charged with resisting arrest and assault.
"Mi is a hard-working man and mi nuh do nothing to deserve this. Them take mi to the hospital and the only thing mi get was two panadol so mi end up have to go back a hospital this morning (yesterday)," he said.
The Police High Command has instructed the Inspectorate and Professional Oversight Bureau to conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the altercation.