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Man in viral video making remarks against PM in custody

Published:Tuesday | July 27, 2021 | 4:21 PM
According to the police, Higgins was held as a suspect in a case of larceny committed on July 24 involving a 45-year-old woman of Moneague, St Ann and not over his “calumnious remarks”.

The man seen in a viral video making expletive-laced remarks against Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been taken into custody by the police.

The police say Shaquille O'Neal Higgins was accosted today by the St Ann Police.

According to the police, Higgins was held as a suspect in a case of larceny committed on July 24 involving a 45-year-old woman of Moneague, St Ann and not over his “calumnious remarks”.

The police say those who have drawn a nexus between him being taken into custody and the production of the viral video are mistaken.

“The constabulary would like to reiterate the fact that all citizens in our democratic society enjoy wide ranging rights and liberties, including freedom of speech. However, those rights and liberties come with responsibilities and implications,” a police spokesperson said in a statement today, noting that investigators were alerted to Higgins' location by his own declarations, which immediately went viral on social media.

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