Court awards Rasta $1.5M

A Jamaican Rastafarian man whose locks were pulled out by the police during a severe beating at a police station seven years ago, has been awarded $1.5 million in damages.

Danny Brown, who was a farmer living at Bath, St. Thomas, at the time of the incident, now lives in Germany.

He was severely beaten by several policemen at the Morant Bay Police Station on the night of October 7, 1998 when he went there to seek shelter because he could not get transportation to go home, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.

Brown, who was represented by attorney-at-law Althea McBean, sued the Government to recover damages for assault and battery.

Mr. Justice Roy Anderson heard evidence in the Supreme Court and awarded Brown $1 million in general damages for pain and suffering. He was awarded $500,000 for aggravated damages because of the humiliation he suffered at the police station.

Brown said that, about 8:00 p.m. on the date in question, he went to the station because he had a large sum of money with him and he could not get transportation to go home to Bath. Policemen there beat him severely and told him to leave the police station. They tore off his clothes and dragged him naked down the steps into the street.

During the incident, the police pulled out some of his locks. An ambulance took him to hospital later that night. He said he still suffers from back pains as a result of the injuries.

The Attorney-General, Sergeant Clinton Rose and Constable Morris Williams were the defendants in the suit.