Christiana taxi operator Jermaine Cunningham spoke to reporters on Thursday.
MANCHESTER, Jamaica – A taxi operator alleges physical abuse at the hands of police in Manchester.
Jermaine Cunningham, who was captured in a viral video engaged in a fight with police officers after resisting arrest for an alleged traffic violation, told reporters on Thursday he was beaten by cops while he was in custody at Christiana police station on Wednesday.
“Police beat me yesterday…and they handcuffed me and carried me mi guh uppa station and handcuffed me to the bench. The police are boxing me in front of me,” Cunningham said in tears.
Dozens of taxi operators blocked off a section of the main Succeed Road in northeast Manchester on Thursday morning in support of Cunningham and for what they claim is continued police harassment in Christiana over a problem long-time parking lot.
Taxi drivers say that due to the lack of a proper transport hub in Christiana, they are found offending by police for parking violations.
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Taxis previously used private property as a parking area, but it is now under construction for a commercial building.
Taxi operators say the parking arrangement on Wildman Street, commonly known as Market Street, is unsafe.