St Catherine man claims police want to kill him

...Father of five wants to relocate overseas

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter

Saturday, June 06, 2015

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A St Catherine man is seeking international help after claiming that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, on several occasions, have attempted to kill him.

Father of five Dwayne Brock, 35, told the Jamaica Observer in an interview from his hospital bed in Spanish Town that, "men who swore to serve and protect" have gone above and beyond to try and cut his life short.

Brock, who was deported from the United States for "overstaying his time", was shot on three occasions by men he said were police personnel. He said that the last time he was shot he received 12 bullets to the body.

His last encounter with these men, he said, left him bleeding profusely and in anguish just outside his West Cumberland, St Catherine, community.

On the evening of Tuesday, April 21, shortly after six o'clock, Brock said that he and a friend were walking to a financial institution near to the community when he noticed a silver Toyota motor car slowly approaching. He said that, having walked some distance from the car, it stopped and a man dressed in full black stepped out of the passenger side of the vehicle.

Brock told the Sunday Observer that he noticed a gun in his would-be attacker's hand. He said that when he realised who the man was, he and his friend attempted to run. However, he was hit by three bullets. "Di man jus' step outta him car and start shoot [at] me... jus' me. Him nuh touch mi friend.

"Me seh, yow mi general, again? Unuh come fi kill mi again?' he related, adding that that his attacker kept silent, and soon after pumped nine more bullets in him before firing "wild shots" and leaving in the car. He was shot in his stomach, back, feet, and upper body.

The Sunday Observer contacted the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit for information regarding the incident and was told by a woman, who identified herself as District Constable Cummings, that while there was a report of a shooting incident that day at the same time and at the specified location, the parties involved were not identified in the report.

The Sunday Observer asked Brock why law enforcers would be after him, and he insisted that he did not know. He said he had theorised that an altercation he had with a neighbour had caused it after the neighbour got a relative involved.

He said that when the relative arrived, he started behaving in a boisterous manner and the two had several verbal exchanges. Brock said the man then identified himself as a police officer and as such, he said he used his cellphone to take a photo of the man "to use it when reporting his conduct". He said that the man became angry and fired several shots in his direction, hitting him in the foot. This incident, he said, occurred in 2012.

He then briefly recalled to the Sunday Observer the second time he was shot -- in 2013, and did not involve an altercation.

"A man jus' walk up pon me and shoot me inna me face; me drop off of me wall, get up and start run but him put two more inna me," he said, seemingly composed with his common-law-wife by his side.

"Before the second shooting happened them harass me ... me tell INDECOM and them seh fi lay low 'cause based on his rank they can't touch him," he added. He said that the man left in a vehicle and alleged that the man was sent by his first attacker.

A noticeably fearful and frustrated Brock by this time said he has exhausted his options in reporting the incidents. He said he has made reports to the 'Hundred Man' police station in St Catherine, Jamaicans for Justice, the police high command and the Independent Commission of Investigations -- the organisation charged with the task of investigating police shootings.

His efforts have, however, not been fruitful he said, with the only glimpse of hope being an investigation launched by INDECOM some three years ago. "Me go Hundred Man fi go make me report and them nuh waah tek me report a tell me seh them nuh deal wid police matter," said Brock.

He said it was again confirmed by lawmen that one of the officers being accused is a lawman they "could not touch" so he should lay low to avoid him. Brock also alleged that he has a gun-related matter in court which stemmed from the 2012 incident in which he claimed that a gun was "planted" on him.

"Them shot me and charge me fi illegal possession of firearm which me never have no firearm, them a try justify them means yuh see me?"

The Sunday Observer made contact with INDECOM and was told by the investigating officer: "I can't confirm or deny the allegations but I am the one INDECOM assigned the case to. If you want anymore information contact the PRO; I cannot speak".

Calls to Communication Manager Kahmile Reid's phone went unanswered.

Brock said that his final push is to seek asylum overseas. He said he is in contact with a lawyer who has agreed to take up his case and is hoping he will get a breakthrough as his life lingers in danger.

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