Brown's Town residents in shock after detention of Ruel Reid, Kim Brown Lawrence

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Brown's Town residents in shock after detention of Ruel Reid, Kim Brown Lawrence

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

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ST ANN, Jamaica — Several residents of Brown's Town in North West St Ann expressed shock this morning after learning that Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor Kim Brown Lawrence, and former JLP caretaker candidate Ruel Reid were detained by the police.

Brown Lawrence, the councillor for the Brown's Town Division, was this morning taken into custody after police raided her home shortly after 5:00 am.

The former education minister Reid was, a short while ago, detained.

The news rendered several people in the town speechless, with some questioning the circumstances surrounding Brown Lawrence and Reid's arrest.

"Wah yuh seh? Unuh a hear this? Dem seh dem lock up Kim and Ruel," a taxi operator shouted to those who would listen.

"That girl deh name Kim work. Mi a tell you she work hard. Mi sorry that reach her star. A wah dem seh she do," the taxi operator, who asked not to go on camera, questioned.

Brown Lawrence's two-storey home in the community remained closed with no one in sight when OBSERVER ONLINE arrived this morning.

It was the same for former Member of Parliament for St Ann North Western Othneil Lawrence, whose home was also raided earlier today.

The gate to the premises was chained when OBSERVER ONLINE arrived.

An overturned hassock, and ravaged trash can, were the only signs that something was amiss.

Lawrence has, however, not been detained.

"Mi nuh know wah them seh them do, but if them do something wrong them must face the crime," a man who overheard the conversation chimed in

"A long time dem seh dem ainvestigate so mi waah see what going happen now. Mi doubt nothing a come of it still but mek wi see," the man added.

Another man, who said he has in the past refrained from commenting on politics, suggested that the chips should fall where they may.

"We can only hope seh a nuh suh it go but if something go so, then everybody involved must answer," he said.

More information later.

Kimone Francis

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