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Bunting, Ellington meet with upset Orange Villa residents

BY TASHAUNA TAYLOR Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, January 23, 2014    

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POLICE Commissioner Owen Ellington, National Security Minister Peter Bunting, and Member of Parliament for West Kingston Desmond McKenzie yesterday responded to the demands of disgruntled residents of Orange Villa in downtown Kingston to grant them audience.

These demands stemmed from the police shooting of 27-year-old cook shop operator, Nakiea Jackson, on Monday.

Sister of the dead man, Shackelia Jackson, expressed her appreciation for the visit but said it was long overdue.

She even expressed pity for the police officer who fired the shots that took her brother's life.

"I am good; even just for the officer I sympathise. What becomes of your family? What becomes of your children? What becomes of the persons who are now looking to you as their breadwinner?" she asked.

Bunting, Ellington and McKenzie, flanked by other high-ranking members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), engaged in dialogue with the grieving residents and assured them that action will be taken to ensure that they are not intimidated in any way.

"We have assured the residents that the incident will be thoroughly investigated. INDECOM (Independent Commission of Investigations) has processed the scene; there will be no intimidation of anyone who wants to give statements to INDECOM," Bunting said.

Jackson, meanwhile, seemed resolute in her efforts to get justice for her brother — even in the form of legislation that will compel police officers to use their firearms as a last resort.

According to Jackson, she is envisioning a 'Nakiea Act'.

"We have secured a lawyer and I will get the guidance of my lawyer. I will also do my own research to see what channels I can go through to understand how laws are passed; to understand what evidence I need to produce to ensure that ...it will be something that will go to Parliament and I might be like a Shanique Myrie where a new precedent is set," said Jackson.

McKenzie was also uncertain about the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting and questioned why the police officers from outside the Kingston Central Division were operating in the community without the knowledge of the leadership of the division.

"This is a questionable killing," he said.

Police report that they were on patrol when they got wind of a robbery carried out by a 'Rastafarian-looking' man who ran into the vicinity of Orange Villa.

They claimed they accosted a man fitting the description given to them. They alleged that the man pointed a firearm at them, which forced them to take evasive action and fire two shots in the man's direction. They also alleged that a Smith and Wesson 9-mm pistol was recovered.

The residents mounted two fiery roadblocks on Monday and Tuesday to voice their disgust at the killing and accused the officers of lying about the incident and planting a gun on the dead man.

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