Jarrett Lane residents demand withdrawal of shoot-out statement
RESIDENTS of Jarrett Lane in Kingston yesterday called for a withdrawal of the statement that Kavorn ‘Deno’ Shue was killed by the police on Saturday during a shoot-out.
The residents also renewed their demands for the removal from the area of a police superintendent, in whom they have expressed dissatisfaction.
"We don’t want him and his team in Mountain View," said one resident, during a meeting at the Jarrett Lane Community Centre, off Mountain View Avenue in Kingston.
Member of Parliament Andre Hylton and Assistant Commissioner of Police George Quallo, who heads the police Area Four Division, along with other high-ranking members of the constabulary, were among persons in attendance at the meeting which was called to help calm angry residents in the wake of Saturday morning’s fatal shooting of Shue by the police.
Superintendent James Forbes, who heads the Community Safety and Security Branch, said that he knew Shue personally and described the youth as a "rising star" in the community. Forbes said he was deeply touched by the fatal shooting of Shue, adding that he had influenced him recently to sit the entry test to join the constabulary. "We are also grieving the loss of a life; he was a young man who would take the community to a higher level," said Forbes.
Shue, who headed the Mountain View Police Youth Club’s sports department, was shot and killed by the police on Saturday night. The police reported that he fired at a team of officers who had gone to his house. The fire, they claimed, was returned and Shue was shot dead.
However, Jarrett Lane residents said that the youth was taken from his bed and shot in cold blood by the police. One of his brothers told the Sunday Observer that he heard the cops involved in the shooting planning how they would report the incident.
Yesterday, members of the Independent Commission of Investigation reportedly collected statements as they probed the incident, while members of the Peace Management Initiative offered grief counselling to family and friends of the deceased.
During yesterday’s meeting at the community centre, ACP Quallo said that members of the Area Four police, too, were grieving Shue’s death and implored residents not to allow the incident to break down the good relationship that has been established with the police over the past five years.
Both Quallo and Forbes urged residents who can assist with the investigations to cooperate with the police.