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Woman sues police over wanted posters

A woman is suing the Royal Bahamas Police Force, claiming officers negligently circulated wanted posters of her although she was not a suspect.

Nautrell Kemp, 36, of Miller’s Heights, who is represented by Hanna, Johnson and Co., has filed suit against Superintendent Leon Bethell, head of the Central Detective Unit, the commissioner of police and the attorney general.

In her statement of claim, Kemp said she went to the Central Detective Unit along with Jamal Woodside on March 23, 2010 to make a complaint of housebreaking.

But Kemp said a”defamatory”wanted bulletin appeared in the news media stating that she was wanted by the Central DetectiveUnit for housebreaking and was considered armed and dangerous.

In her claim, Kemp said the erroneous bulletin was also posted in various business establishments.

The claim said,”By innuendo, they said words meant or were understood to mean that the plaintiff is a dishonestcitizen of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and guilty and/or suspected of unlawful acts.”

The claim said the wanted posters damaged Kemp’s credit, reputation and hurt her feelings.

She is seeking damages, interest and costs and any other relief the court considers appropriate in the circumstances. The defendants received the writ last Friday andhave 14 days torespond.

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