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  • Harassed for being black - Woman to sue Chinese supermarket for racial profiling

    Woman to sue Chinese supermarket for racial profiling

    A dark-skinned woman is threatening the owners of a Chinese-operated supermarket with a lawsuit following what she believes to be unfair treatment at the establishment because of her colour.

    "A cuz me black why them accuse me of tiefing," a livid Jacqueline Watson told The Weekend STAR. "I am definitely thinking of suing because they had no reason to stop me besides my colour. The stigma needs to stop. This race thing needs to end."

    Watson was searched by security officers as she attempted to leave the General Food Supermarket, located in the more affluent neighbourhood of Liguanea, St Andrew, on Wednesday. The 50-year-old said that on her way out, her path was blocked by security officers who thought she had shoplifted and requested to search her handbag.

    "I told them to call the police because they are not going into my bag," Watson said.

    The police later turned up and searched Watson. They found no evidence of shoplifting.

    "It's not money I want. It's mostly because of principle," said Watson, while arguing that she was subjected to degrading treatment because her complexion is not of a lighter hue. "I want to make an example of them because no one should actually be disrespected because of their colour."


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    According to Watson, a person of a light complexion would not have been accused by the security personnel of stealing.

    But June Wong, director at the supermarket, believes that the incident is being overblown and that Watson's colour did not influence the decision to search her. She said that the security personnel accost anyone believed to be suspicious no matter their skin colour.

    "Up to Tuesday, two women of very light complexions were taken aside by security because they switched prices on some products," she said.

    Wong told The Weekend Star that the supermarket has been plagued by thieves with an average of eight incidents of theft taking place monthly.

    The three security personnel who were involved in the incident with Watson said that she was trying to take advantage of the situation by seeking monetary compensation.

    "I was standing beside her the whole time and she was saying how she is going to make her pension off a we because she calling her lawyer right now," related a female security officer.

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  • Suspected wife killer still on the run

    The police in St Elizabeth continue their manhunt for a husband accused of repeatedly shooting his wife to death in Southampton, in the southern parish.

    The accused, Verton Salmon, a farmer, reportedly fled the scene of the brutal crime shortly after midday on Wednesday.

    The deceased woman has been identified as 45-year-old Marva Salmon, a beloved hospitality worker at the Santa Crest Hotel and resided at Southampton District in the parish.

    Salmon was allegedly shot seven times by her husband during a heated argument in which she was accused of cheating on him.

    It is alleged that Verton turned the gun on himself but it jammed.

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  • PHOTOS: Comrades stone ‘Labourite’ dog outside Parliament

     boisterous People’s National Party (PNP) supporters amassed at Gordon House ahead of the opening of Parliament on Thursday, a dog draped in green shirt casually strolled by.

    Seemingly enraged by the ‘Labourite’ dog’s passing, several orange-clad supporters of the PNP hurled stones and any object they could find at the animal.

    The dog, however, emerged unscathed by the attack and continued its trek off Duke Street in downtown Kingston.

    Duke Street had been a loud and tense affair all day, as comrades and labourites alike, behind a barricade of police officers, spat insults at passing Government and Opposition MPs.

    See photos in the slider below:

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  • Boisterous crowd at Parliament opening forces police to call for backup

    The police were forced to call for additional manpower after People's National Party (PNP) and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters broke through barricades outside Gordon House in downtown Kingston on Thursday, ahead of the opening of Parliament.

    Supporters for the PNP became agitated on arrival of Prime Minister Andrew Holness and started shouting unkind words as they broke through the barrier set up to facilitate dignitaries. 

    "Dutty Prime Minister! Unnu tief the election!" one man, clad in orange, yelled, adding "Portia ! Portia!"

    The JLP supporters, however, came down in greater numbers and started shouting for their Members of Parliament and for Holness, as they broke through the barricades at the other end of Duke Street.

    The police had a very difficult task controlling the crowd and one cop could be heard asking for backup and relaying details of the situation to his colleagues.

    The occasion is the official opening of parliament and swearing-in ceremony for members of the Senate and House of Representatives. It will be the first meeting of the Houses since Parliament was dissolved on February 5, ahead of the February 25 General Elections.








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  • Note left at slain teacher’s home: “I killed him because he tried to rape me”

    Note at slain teacher’s home: ‘…he tried to rape me’

    TRELAWNY, Jamaica — Up to late yesterday afternoon the Trelawny police were working to apprehend the killer or killers of a St James High School teacher whose decomposing body was discovered at his home here yesterday morning.

    The deceased has been identified as 53-year-old of Dexter Dacres of New Haven Heights, Granville, Trelawny.

    A reliable OBSERVER ONLINE source revealed that among the things removed from the house yesterday morning was a note that read:”I killed him because he tried to rape me”.

    Condoms and lubricants were also said to be found in the English language teacher’s bedroom.
    According to the police, they were summoned to the swanky New Haven Heights, Trelawny neighbourhood, by residents, who detected a stench coming from the home of the teacher yesterday morning.Upon their arrival, the cops discovered the decomposing body, with multiple stab wounds, wrapped in a sheet.


    The body was removed to the Doyley’s Funeral Home.

    The teacher was said to have been last seen on Saturday in the company of a boy who he said was a relative of his, residents say.

    Dacres, who reportedly started working at St James High in January, is said to have got along well with students and members of staff there. He was said to have also paid special interest in slow learners, a senior teacher at the school revealed.

    The Falmouth police are probing the incident.

    News Credit: Jamaica-Observer | Read More Here

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