UPDATE: Tambourine Army claims Nugent was denied medical attention while in police custody

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Advocacy group Tambourine Army this afternoon claimed that co-founder Latoya Nugent was denied medical attention despite falling ill after her arrest.
Police at the Duhaney Park Police Station, where she was being held, have declined to comment on the matter.
"I don't have any information to give you where that is concerned okay," a policewoman at the station told OBSERVER ONLINE. When asked why, she replied "I just don't have any information to give you on that ma'am."
According to the Tambourine Army, a friend visiting Nugent at the station noticed that her eyes were fixed and she was not moving.

“It was brought to the attention of the police personnel who were watching her and they were asked to get medical attention for her. She was advised to get her own doctor, this she did but when the doctor arrived he was denied access to her,” the advocacy group said in a release obtained by OBSERVER ONLINE.
They claimed that a number of attempts to get her medical attention were denied and her friends were turned away without any resolve.
The group called for the intervention of the Police High Command to ensure that their co-founder is not harmed and her well-being is given priority.
“While we understand that the police are anxious about this issue we ask them to ‘hold strain’ as their responses could indicate an unwillingness to respect and honour the rights of this human rights defender,” the Tambourine Army said in their release.

Nugent was reportedly taken for treatment at the Duhaney Park Health Centre this morning but was later transferred to the Kingston Public Hospital. Sources told OBSERVER ONLINE that she had seizures.
Read: UPDATE: Tambourine Army co-founder rushed to hospital in state of shock
Nugent was scheduled to appear before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court today following her arrest and charge under the Cybercrimes Act.
She is accused of publishing information on social media maligning several individuals as sexual predators. Formal complaints were made to the police by some of the individuals, following which she was called into the Cybercrimes Unit of C-TOC with her attorney, but she refused.  
A warrant was subsequently prepared and she was arrested yesterday.
She is facing three counts of using computer for malicious communication under Section 9 (1) of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015.
The Tambourine Army describes itself as a radical social justice movement committed to uprooting the scourge of sexual violence and safeguarding the rights of women and girls.


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