Retired cop who was pepper sprayed retains Bert Samuels as his lawyer

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Retired cop Altemorth "Parro" Campbell will be taking legal action against the state following last week's incident in which he was pepper sprayed by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.The retired Deputy Superintendent of Police has hired law firm Knight, Junor and Samuels to pursue the matter.

Attorney Bert Samuels said he met with Mr. Campbell on Monday. He plans to file a claim before the end of the month against the Attorney General since "the police is acting as the servant of the Crown."

Mr. Samuels said he will be seeking to recover the cost of Mr. Campbell's medical care as well as general damages. He said Mr. Campbell's son is also receiving medical treatment following the incident. The boy is also reportedly very distraught and has had to undergo counselling.

The attorney intends to report the incident to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

Mr. Campbell was pepper sprayed after he disobeyed a constable's directive to exit his vehicle to be arrested during a traffic stop on Molynes Road in St. Andrew last Wednesday.

The Inspectorate of Constabulary is investigating the incident.