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Officer charged before police tribunal

An inspector accused of physically assaulting two women in Exuma earlier this month has been charged before the Police Disciplinary Tribunal and suspended from the police force, Acting Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle said yesterday.

“He was charged before the police tribunal and interdicted from the force,” Rolle said.

He declined to reveal when the officer had been charged, noting that it was “an internal matter”.

Rolle said the inspector was suspended following an investigation which was completed two weeks ago.

The inspector’s suspension came into effect on August 27, according to an internal memorandum, which noted that it was done so in accordance with section 63 of the Police Force Act, 2009.

The legislation notes that any police officer who is charged with an offense, including the use of violence, may be suspended by the commissioner “until the charge has been finally disposed of”.

It dictates that interdicted (or suspended) officers will receive one-half of their salaries and the full amount of “any other allowances and other emoluments” that they are entitled to.

The officer’s suspension came nearly a month after Dejah Laing, 19, and her cousin, Aaliyah Bain, 20, claimed the inspector had assaulted them during a traffic stop.

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames has said he was “very concerned” about the allegations, noting that “no one is above the law”.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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