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Guy's Hill residents resume protest over cop's alleged mistreatment of motorcyclist

Residents of Guy's Hill, St. Catherine remounted road blocks Thursday morning as they continue to protest the alleged mistreatment of a motorcyclist by a policeman.

The residents claim the motorcyclist was hauled from his vehicle by the policeman.

The driver and pillion were injured during the incident and treated at hospital.

Residents started their protest sometime after 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, and remounted the blockades Thursday morning, insisting they will continue protesting until the issue is addressed by their Member of Parliament and the Police High Command. 

One resident told Radio Jamaica News the motorcyclist and pillion rider have gone back to hospital because they are "in pain", but no person of authority has addressed the situation yet. 

She claimed a policeman told her the motorcycle involved in the incident was neither licensed nor insured, however, she refuted that suggestion, asserting that the driver had showed the cops his documents not long before the incident. 

She also questioned how the man, who is a security guard, could have been driving an unlicensed and uninsured motorcycle from Guy's Hill to St. Ann each day for work without being caught.  

The residents have called for a "shake up" at Guy's Hill Police Station, demanding that some of the officers "need to leave".  

They insisted that the roadblocks will not stop until the officers are shifted.    

The police have however given a different account of the incident. 

According to Senior Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of the St. Catherine North Police, in a bid to evade a police check point, the motorcyclist sped off and subsequently crashed into a wall.

Commuters, including students in Highgate, St. Mary, which borders Guy's Hill, were stranded as taxi operators say the protest is impeding the route.