US lawyer calls for impartial probe into Mario Deane’s death

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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JASMINE Rand, the US-based law professor assisting the Mario Deane legal team, has called on the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the controversial killing of the 31-year-old St James man.

"I call on INDECOM to carry out fair and impartial investigation to shed truth and light on the circumstances surrounding the death of Mario Deane; to bring some justice to this family, but not only this family but to the people of Jamaica," Rand told a press conference at the offices of Knight, Junior and Samuels at Duke Street in downtown Kingston on Monday.

Rand said she was representing the interests of the Deane family free of cost and vowed to secure justice for Deane's relatives.

The attorney said she was boosted by the support Jamaicans showed during the Trayvon Martin incident. She was a part of the legal team that represented Martin's relatives during the trial of George Zimmerman who was charged with the murder of the teenager, but was eventually acquitted.

"The Jamaican people wrote the sound track to this revolution. Get up Stand Up, stand up for your rights," she said.

"Whether or not the police directly participated in brutalising and beating Mario Deane, they took his life in their hands when they took him in their custody, and no one can convince me that no one in law enforcement heard his screams which I am told may have lasted for 30 minutes," she said.

Rand is not registered to appear as an attorney in a court room, but will be assisting lead attorney Miguel Lorne in other aspects of the legal matter. "Though my law degree allows me to work in certain parameters, my humanity does not restrict me. Though I can't stand in a court of law I can bring greater resources," she said.

Meanwhile, emotions flowed for Deane's father Nicholas Deane, who was in tears as he spoke about the pain he has been feeling since the death of his son.

"It hurts me every time to speak on this. Mario was my first child. It was not necessary; I am asking them (police) not to let it happen again. The pain that I feel I do not want any parent to feel it. My son has already gone, but this is total injustice. I would like this system to change," Deane said in a trembling voice.

— Karyl Walker

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