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Police deny they secretly planned post mortem on Nakiea Jackson

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 11:17 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Police are Tuesday morning strongly denying media reports that they made attempts to carry out a post mortem on the body of Nakiea Jackson on Monday without the knowledge of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

The Jamaica Observer reported Tuesday that relatives of Jackson, who was killed by the police under controversial circumstances last week Monday, have managed to block a hastily arranged post-mortem on his body from being conducted.

According to Jackson's sister, Shackelia Jackson-Thomas, none of his relatives were informed by the police that an autopsy was arranged for the Kingston Public Hospital morgue Monday.

"I was in my bed and got a phone call about it. I immediately began calling around and our attorney, Jacqueline Neita-Robertson, made some calls and managed to get the examination halted. They did not tell us about it," Jackson-Thomas is reported as saying.

Jackson-Thomas said that INDECOM staff then stepped in and ordered that the autopsy be put on hold.

The commission was also not informed of the intention to conduct a post-mortem on Jackson's remains, Jackson Thomas said.

But the police are now insisting that a representative from INDECOM was present at the post mortem. “While at the post mortem, the INDECOM representative called a member of the family to enquire about their whereabouts. It was at that point that the family member indicated that they wished to have independent representation at the post mortem,” the police said in a statement Tuesday.

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