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Vaz in support of police stop and search practice
2013-07-03 17:16:07 | (0 Comments)
The Jamaica Constabulary Force is receiving support from a member of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party for its decision to continue stop and search activities.
Daryl Vaz – File
On Friday a High Court judge ruled that the Road Traffic Act does not give the police power to arbitrarily stop and search vehicles and the practice should stop.
The Independent Commission of Investigations had also recommended that the police suspend all stop-and-search operations until they are sure the practice conforms with the Constitution.
However police commissioner Owen Ellington said the operations would continue, despite the ruling by Justice David Batts.
Member of Parliament for West Portland, Daryl Vaz, said yesterday’s seizure of 18 guns by the police in Portland highlight the need for such searches.
He says the lives of thousands of Jamaicans would have been in jeopardy if the police had not acted on intelligence received yesterday and stopped and searched the minivan carrying the weapons.
Vaz says while he understands the searches might inconvenience law abiding citizens they are for the greater good once done professionally.
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