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Mar 12, 2015

San Pedro Police Crackdown

Irma Mejia

As we told you earlier, there is a major crackdown underway in San Pedro Town, necessitated by violent crime which even resulted in the brutal murder of a two year old boy. Because things seem out of control, the police are fighting fire with fire, and already the complaints are pouring in. Today, Irma Mejia and her boyfriend, Dwayne Allen, visited our studios to say that they are being targeted by the police in San Pedro, and they want it to step. Both have had separate unpleasant sessions with the police.

 

Irma Mejia, Girlfriend of Dwayne Allen

“My boyfriend neva deh round da day deh and well they come and they come see he but he midi work with the minister da day because of elections right, and then di baby deh upstairs and I deh cook and they haul me down stairs and the stove stay on, and then the baby deh upstairs deh cry and they noh want me tend to my kid yu know. They ask me how much money I have. They actually ask me how much money I have and I tell them I noh have no money because I dah wah hard working person. I stay home, cook, tend to kids meanwhile my bwoy go work. We daw ah regular normal family. We just deh try do life.”

 

Reporter

“But they never rough you up at all?”

 

Irma Mejia

“Yes, they mi tek me down and they chase me with wah broomstick. They actually tek off my broomstick and wah whap me with it because I wah go upstairs go tend to my child cause ih deh cry and they no wah let me up, so I deh try walk lef they and go tend to my child and out di stove cause the things could burn, yu know.”

 

Dwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen, Alleges Police Brutality

“Police visited my place and he ask me weh I gat fu he. So I tell ah I no gat nothing fu you. So he tek my money out of my pocket and he start count it. and then he just hold the money too and push it inna my pocket afterwards. And then they just beat me bad. From deh soh di man ker me inna wah cart inna soh mangrove back by Coca-Cola factory. He handcuff me backway an ih siddown pon my belly. He tek my shirt and put it over my face and tek water and splash it up and suffocate me, stifle me. And from deh soh when I get up back I find di Police Officer with my money inna fu he hand again, the second time they tek out the money outta my pocket…when they midi try stifle me. So di man seh mek I ker they da my gial house. Soh I ker di man da my gial house and show he dat we noh have nothing deh, and when we reach da the house he start whap me up inna my head with wah broomstick. And then di man just gawn ih own way, dash me pon di street side and just left me deh with no charge or nothing.”

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