January 18, 2024 – Today, January 18, 2024, Constables Kenroy Chambers and Tevin Lake were sentenced to pay a fine of $250,000.00 each or six months imprisonment at hard labour, when they appeared before Her Honour Mrs. Blake-Powell in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court.  The two officers were found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on October 23, 2023.

The Constables advised of their intent to appeal the Court’s decision.

Constables Chambers and Lake were charged in relation to the assault of a man in the vicinity of Regent Street, Kingston 14, on October 13, 2019. The JCF officers were placed before the Court, by summons, on February 9, 2021, following INDECOM’s investigation and a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

Allegations of assaults continue to be recorded as INDECOM’s highest citizen complaint against members of the Security Forces annually. This particular case of assault, benefitted from the ability to review video footage, taken by civilian witnesses, which aided the investigative process by providing an understanding and clarity of the actions taken by each involved party. INDECOM will continue to urge citizens to record (from a lawful distance) and share such recordings with the Commission, in the absence of official body worn camera footage from law enforcement.

In the 2nd Quarterly Report of 2021, INDECOM reviewed the issue of allegations of assault by Jamaican law enforcement. The report highlighted observations that internally the JCF needs to “examine their officers’ actions and behaviours with a view to effecting necessary change and engender greater community relations”. Additionally, citizens must and should comply with the lawful orders of members of the Security Forces to reduce their role in possible confrontational outcomes.