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Letters Addressing Concerns Surrounding the Demonstration by Police Officers

May 10, 2005

The Editor
The Jamaica Observer Ltd
40-42½ Beechwood Avenue
Kingston 5


Dear Sir:
I feel obliged to write to correct several inaccuracies in your headline story today about my meeting with the demonstrating policemen on Monday May 9.

  1. There is no truth in the report that the protesting cops used their bodies to cordon off the driveway. The fact is that I stopped on my own volition.
  2. I agreed with members of the Executive of the Federation to address the gathering and it was for this reason that we proceeded inside National Heroes Park.
  3. I spent close to an hour with the gathering not only addressing them but responding to several questions.
  4. The quote from a Federation official that I was “forced to meet” on Wednesday is patently untrue. The fact is that I had written to the Federation on May 4, proposing the meeting for May 11 at 11:00 a.m. A copy of my letter to the Federation, receipt of which was acknowledged, is attached.

I sincerely hope that this letter receives the same prominence accorded to the story.

Yours sincerely,

 


Omar Davies, MP
Minister


May 10, 2005


The Editor
The Daily Gleaner
7 North Street
Kingston


Dear Sir:
 

I feel obliged to write to correct several inaccuracies contained in your front page story in today’s edition, concerning my meeting with demonstrating police officers.

  1. The agreement to meet with the Federation on Wednesday the 11thdid not result from the demonstration. The fact is that I proposed the meeting in a letter to the Federation nearly a week ago. A copy of my letter dated May 4, is attached.
  2. The lawmen did not use “a number of motorcycles to block” me. One courteous police motorcyclist was beside me throughout the meeting because he offered me the use of the microphone attached to his motorcycle.
  3. I was not blocked by the protesters. I stopped on my own volition and agreed with members of the Executive to speak to the group inside of National Heroes Park

There are several other inaccuracies contained in the story which lead me to wonder whether the writers were actually present or the article was developed based on second hand reports.

I sincerely hope that my response receives the prominence of the original story.


Yours sincerely,
 

 

Omar Davies, MP
Minister


May 4, 2005


Cpl Hartley Stewart
General Secretary
Jamaica Police Federation
First Floor, Office Centre Building
12 Ocean Boulevard
Kingston Mall
 

Dear Cpl Stewart:
 

Police Salary Negotiation 2004-06
 

I acknowledge receipt of your letter dated May 2, 2005, which was in response to my letter to you dated April 7, 2005.

As I indicated I would be willing to meet with your delegation as soon after conclusion of the Budget Debate as was possible. Therefore, I am proposing that we meet on Wednesday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m. I would appreciate your indicating to my office whether this would be convenient for you and your team.
 

Yours sincerely,

 


Omar Davies, MP
Minister


Copy to: Minister Peter Phillips
                Minister Fitz Jackson

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