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INDECOM takes over from police

BSI loses control of several major investigations into alleged police, army human rights abuses

Jamaica Observer

Monday, August 30, 2010

THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) today announced that it would be taking over several major investigations of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Bureau of Special Investigations.

In a release to the media Commissioner of INDECOM Terrence Williams, said INDECOM would takeover several probes being conducted by the BSI including the fatal shooting of Keith Clarke.

Clarke was shot dead at his Kirkland Heights home by security forces who were hunting for Christopher 'Dudus' Coke in May.

An autopsy revealed that Clarke was shot several times in the back.

INDECOM will also be probing the following controversial police killings:

INDECOM has also advised the police, The Jamaica Defence Force and and the Commissioner of Corrections that they are required to inform it of any incident which results in harm to a member of the public.

Where the harm is death or physical injury the Independent Commission of Investigations Act provides for immediate reporting and in other cases, reporting within 24 hours.