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Ferguson to officers: I expect positive interactions with public

During the opening of a new police station in Rolleville, Exuma, yesterday, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson told police that he expects them to have positive interactions with the public.

His comments came after two women alleged that an officer beat them after leaving the Rolleville regatta over the weekend.

“This police station will act as a safe haven in times of crisis, and the carefully selected officers will be accommodating, professional and resourceful in their services,” Ferguson said.

“To you officers, I expect positive community interaction. You are to engage with all sectors of society, inclusive of youth and young adults and community leaders in an effort to build healthy relationships.”

He added, “Rolleville, continue to support the police, and be assured that we will be there for you.”

Dejah Laing, 19, and her cousin, Aaliyah Bain, 20, claim they were leaving the regatta in Rolleville shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday when they were pulled over by police for a broken headlight.

Laing claimed an officer pushed her against the car and punched her several times.

Bain said she intervened and volunteered to accompany her cousin and the three policemen on the ride to the police station.

She said an officer then punched her several times and told her to “shut up”. Bain also claimed the officers refused to give them water, refused to let them use the bathroom and refused to let them call their relatives.

Earlier this week, Ferguson said that police are investigating the women’s claims.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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