Jamaica: Ex-cop pepper-sprayed by cop in viral video

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Jamaica: Ex-cop pepper-sprayed by cop in viral video
A screengrab from the widely circulated video showing the ex-cop being pepper sprayed during a traffic stop.
A screengrab from the widely circulated video showing the ex-cop being pepper sprayed during a traffic stop.

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — The Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) says it has commenced a probe into the circumstance surrounding an incident portrayed in a video circulating on social media in which a motorist, who is an ex-police officer, was pepper sprayed by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The video shows a police officer pulling over the ex-cop who, after being questioned, said he was not in possession of his driver’s licence.

The ex-cop was told to get out of the vehicle but instead sought to question if the failure to present a licence was grounds for an arrest. As the ex-cop was about to exit his vehicle the officer pulled out the pepper spray causing the ex-cop to retreat into the vehicle and attempt to wind up the windows. The cop then sprayed the liquid into the eyes of the ex-cop.

The ex-cop was left dousing his irritated eyes with water. A male passenger who was in the vehicle, said to be the ex-cop’s son, was heard saying that the liquid also got into his eyes.

Shortly after more officers arrived on the scene and a senior officer among the new comers was recognised by the ex-cop.

The High Command is now advising motorists to adhere to the instructions of police officers when stopped for traffic checks or violations.

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