Police hunt assailant who wounded municipal cop
Head of the Clarendon police, Superintendent Carlos Russell, said the police are reviewing video footage to aid the investigation into the assault on a municipal police officer attached to the Clarendon Municipal Corporation.
The cop was hospitalised after he was attacked allegedly by a vendor in May Pen, the parish capital on Monday. Video footage of the incident shows the officer falling to the ground after being hit in the head by a stone. Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh said that a team of municipal officers, along with members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, were advising vendors who were selling illegally along Main Street to relocate, when a vendor allegedly initiated a tussle with one of the municipal officers. He said that the leader of the municipal team came out to try and calm the situation when he was hit. He was hospitalised.
The mayor said arrangements were made to have vendors registered and occupy the space at the old police station compound, but some have chosen to be defiant and sell along the roadways.