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INDECOM to provide independent oversight regarding alleged assault of photographer

The Independent Commission of  Investigations (INDECOM) has outlined how it will treat concerns raised by the Press Association of  Jamaica (PAJ) regarding the alleged assault of  Gleaner photographer Rudolph Brown by a member of  the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Tuesday
 
In a statement, INDECOM said it has been in contact with the Police High Command and will provide independent oversight of  the Inspectorate of  the Constabulary (IOC) investigation.
 
According to INDECOM, the IOC will not take action against the cops involved until after consulting it and the Commission has concluded enquiries.
 
INDECOM says it has been provided with one witness statement.
 
The agency says there has been full cooperation by the IOC with regard to the incident and gave the assurance that there will be an independent assessment. 
 
The PAJ said Mr. Brown reported that while in Cross Roads, St. Andrew he witnessed a commotion apparently caused by attempts by the police to arrest a man. 
 
Mr. Brown started to use his phone to record the incident. 
 
The PAJ says after being told by the police sergeant on location to stop, Mr. Brown clearly identified himself  as a member of  the media.
 
Mr. Brown said he continued to record the proceedings and heard the police sergeant telling a constable to pepper spray him. 
 
The constable reportedly pepper sprayed him in his eyes.


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