Reassure J'cans that 'death squads' are of the past, Police Commish

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Dear Editor,

On November 15, 2018, in the Supreme Court, Police Constable Collis “Chucky” Brown was found guilty of:

1. Murder of Damoy Gutty Dawkins on January 10, 2009

2. Murder of Dwayne Douglas on December 13, 2012

3. Murder of Andrew Fearon on December 13, 2012

4. Wounding with intent of a Crown witness on January 10, 2009

5. Conspiracy to commit murder

These matters related to Brown's admissions that, with other police officers, he was part of an operational team that targeted and killed known criminals in the Clarendon area. The evidence presented asserted that this practice occurred with the knowledge and support of senior officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) accepts that the Jamaica Constabulary Force high command must be minded not to prejudice similar criminal trials concerning other police officers which will commence imminently, but we are concerned that there has been no significant public comment from Commissioner of Police Antony Anderson.

The trial of Collis Brown was a matter of great public interest. The allegations of police teams systematically acting on the instructions of senior police officers to target and kill individuals has the gravest consequences for the public's trust and confidence in the JCF as well as highlighting large-scale human rights abuses.

The PSOJ would invite the commissioner of police to reassure the citizens of Jamaica that this unlawful practice has ceased. What measures have been put in place to ensure that it never happens again? And what internal measures have been taken to investigate the evidence from Brown's trial to identify and investigate any serving police officers or those who may have since left the service.

The people of Jamaica are entitled to a police service that they can have confidence in to act within the law. We strongly urge the commissioner of police to make a statement.

Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica

The Carlton Alexander Building

39 Hope Road

Kingston 10

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