Police Guilty Of Cutting Nzinga King’s Hair Says Public Defender

Nzinga King, a young woman of the Rastafarian community who gained major attention in the media in 2021 when she accused a female police officer of forcibly cutting her hair while in custody, may yet again have another chance to prove her case in the courts.

A 67-page report dated April 5, 2022, was released by the Office of the Public Defender by Public Defender on Human Rights, Arlene Harrison-Henry in which concluded findings of Nzinga’s case were detailed.

The report stated that when Nzinga King was a 19-year-old, her constitutional rights were violated while she was in custody on July 22, 2021, for five days at the Four Paths Police Station for a charge of offences under the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA).

The accused officer, Corporal Angel Mitchel-Lewis is declared to be responsible for the cutting of Nzinga’s hair and as such, the Public Defender’s report recommends that compensation be granted, as well as, her cellular phone and sim card be replaced that was damaged by the accused.

Additionally, it recommends that Nzinga receive damages in the tort for the assault committed by police officers at the station, whilst also recommending that they receive disciplinary proceedings as well as prosecution.

This release in support of Nzinga King’s case from the Office of the Public Defender comes following the ruling of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, when she declared on February 9, 2022, that no criminal charges would be laid against the officer who arrested Nzinga King, as well as the female police officer who allegedly forcibly cut her locks while in custody.

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