by Eulana Weekes
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Honourable Jonel Powell issued a statement via social media, responding to allegations, by members of the general public, accusing him of being the man behind the voice heard in a viral video in confrontation with a male police officer.
The person in the video was berating the officer and asked him for his badge number; but in an attempt to block the camera, the officer asked the individual not to put the camera in his face and in addition, accused the individual of being in his personal space.
However, Minister Powell in a Facebook post stated, “I have been made aware of a video currently being circulated on social media.
I would like to categorically state that the voice heard in the video is NOT mine, nor was I, at any time, in an altercation with the police.
I have had no altercation with any police officer and was not even in the presence of the officers when the recorded incident occurred.
I would like to thank all of those persons who have shown their confidence in me and have corrected those who thought otherwise.”
Powell was responding to reaction from a widely circulated video with Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant engaged in a verbal spat with law enforcement officers. No formal police investigation has been initiated and on Monday Commissioner Brandy said the police are reviewing the reports of the on-duty officers.