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  • SafeguardingtheRight toLife:Issues from Investigations of Jamaicas SecurityForcesin 2012
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  • Searching for truth, striving for justiceINDECOM OFFICESOpening HoursMon–Thurs 9:00-3:30 p.m./Fri. 9:00-2:00 p.m.HEAD OFFICE:1A Dumfries RoadKingston 10Telephone: 1.876.968.1932/1.876.968.88751.876.920-2324. Fax: 1876.960.4767CENTRAL REGIONAL OFFICE:1A Brumalia RoadCobblestone Professional Centre - Unit 10Mandeville, ManchesterTelephone: 1.876.961.1542/1.876.961.41711.876.961.1542. Fax: 1.876.962.3419WESTERN REGIONAL OFFICE:Praise Concourse Plaza18 Queens Drive, Montego BaySt. JamesTelephone: 1.876.940.2310Fax: 1.876.940.2310ST THOMAS SATELLITE OFFICE32 Queen’s Street (Property of Coke Methodist Church)Telephone: 1.876.968.7488 (Fridays 9:30-3:30 only)WESTMORELAND SATELLITE OFFICESavannah-la-Mar Methodist ChurchGreat Georges StreetTelephone: 1.876.940.2310 (Wednesdays 9:30-3:30 only)Email us @ info@indecom.gov.jmNEW TOLL FREE INCIDENT AND TIP LINES1.888.935.5550 (D) OR 1.888.991.5555 (L)
  • March 29, 2013The Honourable Speaker of the House of RepresentativesMr. Michael PeartGordon House81 Duke StreetKingstonAtt: Clerk of the House, Mrs. Heather CookeRe: Report to Parliament - INDECOMPursuant to Section 17(3) (c) and 30 (2) of the INDECOM Act 2010, it is an honour to present to you, the IndependentCommission of Investigations’ Report for tabling in the House of Representatives.Sincerely,Terrence WilliamsCommissioner of the Independent Commission of InvestigationsSearching for truth, striving for justice
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  • Searching for truth, striving for justiceTable of ContentsCommissioner’s Message iDirectors of Complaints – INDECOM Jamaica iiExecutive Summary iiiPART ONE:THE RIGHT TO LIFEChapter 1: The Right to Life 1Chapter 2: Accountability for Taking Life 5Chapter 3: Use of Deadly Force 9Recommendations 15PART TWO:DEATH BY CONFRONTATION WITH MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY FORCESChapter 4: Background of Investigation and Terms of Reference19• Case Studies and FindingsChapter 5: Legal Framework – Local Law 22Chapter 6: De-Institutionalisation of the Mentally Ill 23Chapter 7: Best Practice When Dealing with the Mentally Ill 27Chapter 8: Analysis of the Problem 29Recommendations 32PART THREE:DEATH IN CUSTODYChapter 9: Background of Investigation and Terms of Reference35Chapter 10: The Legal Framework 38Chapter 11: The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Existing Guidelines 40Names of The Deceased - Police Area 46Chapter 12: Other Jurisdictions – International Best Practices 47Chapter 13: Analysis of the Problem 50Recommendations 54
  • Searching for truth, striving for justicePART FOURAPPENDIX A(ON COMPACT DISC - CD):CLOSED AND CURRENT INVESTIGATIONS:COMMISSION’S REPORT LOG SHEETCURRENT INVESTIGATIONS: CASE MANAGEMENT REPORTS
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  • Jamaica has for some time maintainedan average of about two hundred(200) persons being killed each yearby members of the security forces.This is, by any reckoning, a high rate. Raisingthis fact often excites the rival argumentsthat our crime rate is high on the one hand,and that the police must curb their excessiveuse of force, on the other hand. Botharguments as causative analysis suffer thedisadvantage of assuming facts that have notbeen proven. Certainly, by the law ofaverages, one can assume that all of thekillings are unlikely to be either justified orunjustified, but this is unsatisfactoryreasoning for such an important issue.The state must strive for everyone to knowwhether each killing was justified or not. Agenerally held feeling that agents of the statecan act with impunity regardless of our mostfundamental of rights will lead to mistrustand challenge the moral argument for thestate’s monopoly on the use of force. Thecredibility of a determination as to whetheror not a killing was justified will come frompublic trust in the investigation and anyprosecution or disciplinary hearing thatmight follow an investigation. Theinstitutions so charged must be impartial,effective, open and act with all due dispatch.The problem with Jamaica’s high rates offatal incidents involving the police surroundthe measures that exist to determinewhether each killing was justified or not. Inrelation to these fatalities the nation has seenprosecutions collapse or not mountedbecause of inadequate investigations andpoor institutional practices. Slowness, lackof independence and the apparent difficultyto ascertain the truth has reduced publicconfidence. Internal investigation by thepolice of their colleagues was not onlycontrary to law but unsatisfactory to thepublic.In this endeavour INDECOM plays a vitalrole as the independent investigator witheffective powers to get to the truth. This isan important development, but it is not theend of the journey. There are otherimportant steps that need to be taken beforeJamaica can claim full and true respect forall of our lives. The wheel need not bereinvented as there is a full slate of measuresand best practices decided andrecommended by international courts andorganisations.Juxtaposing the high rate of killings by theagents of the state against these untakensteps to ensure accountability reveals theproblem: Jamaica has not yet taken all of themeasures to secure and protect the right tolife. This report highlights these issues andsuggests further development of ourprotection of life.The Commission’s members of staffconsiders every human life important andare required to give all due attention to everyinvestigation of the taking of a life. Fromthis vantage point they see the currentsystemic and legal problems challenging therespect for life. This report also considersthe killing of mentally ill persons and deathsof people in police custody. Theseunfortunate deaths reoccur without anyapparent effort to learn something fromeach and to thereby forestall repetition.The Commission trusts that this report willprovoke discourse and then action.nCommissioner’s MessageMr. Terrence WilliamsCommissioner - INDECOMiSearching for truth, striving for justice
  • Searching for truth, striving for justiceINDECOM’s Directors of ComplaintsMr. Nigel Morgan, JP.Jurisdiction: Kingston, St Andrew,St. ThomasRev. Dr. Gordon EvansJurisdiction: St. James, Westmoreland,Hanover, TrelawnyMs. Sara-Ruth Allen, JP.Jurisdiction: Manchester, St. Elizabeth,and ClarendonMr. Floyd McNabbJurisdiction: St. CatherineLt. Col. (Retired) Paul Dunn, JP.Special Cases Unit(All-island jurisdiction); Portland,St. Mary, St. Annii
  • The Independent Commission of Investigations currentlypresides over 1,600 cases, inclusive of fatal and non-fatalmatters. These cases span the length and breadth of theisland, and are being investigated by the three offices – the CentralRegional Office in Mandeville and the Western Regional Office inMontego Bay. The parishes with the highest number of fatalities areKingston, Clarendon and St. Catherine respectively. In 2012, theCommission initiated 219 investigations into fatalities involving thesecurity forces. Of this figure March had the highest number (35),and May (10) having the lowest.Safeguarding the Right to Life is a comprehensive report whichfocuses on three (3) areas that the Commission believes ought to betaken into consideration based on its remit. Part One of the reportaddresses the right to life of every Jamaican. Part Two addresses tworelated issues that plague the security forces and the society on thewhole, these include death in custody and death of the mentally illwhen in confrontation with the police.THE RIGHT TO LIFEThe inalienable right to life of any citizen of Jamaica is fundamentaland ought not to be unjustifiably curtailed by another private citizenor an agent of the State. The right to life involves an obligation notto take life but to safeguard and protect life, and in the event that alife is taken, a procedural obligation for an independent, adequateand effective investigation. This enquiry must be treated with greatimportance and must also be accessible to relatives of the deceasedand open to public scrutiny. Additionally, the investigation must beso effective that it can lead to the appropriate punishment of thepersons responsible for this breach of the right to life withoutjustification.The report highlights recent jurisprudence on the scope of theState’s obligation to safeguard the right to life, namely the case ofMichael Gayle v Jamaica in which the Inter American Commissionof Human Rights (IACHR) found that Jamaica was in breach ofinvestigative obligations concomitant to the right to life andrecommended that legislative changes be made to ensure that anyinvestigative mechanism employed by Jamaica to investigate the useof force by members of the security forces be compatible withinternational standards. Other countries that have ventilated similarbreaches include the Netherlands, in the case of Ramsahai vNetherlands where the courts also found that the investigationbreached procedural requirements of adequacy and independenceconsequent on the right to life.Investigations conducted in 2012 suggest that much improvementhas been made compared to the arrangements which existed at thetime of the unfortunate events in the Michael Gayle matter. Despitethe important steps towards ensuring that Jamaica’s investigativearrangements are compatible with international standards, the workof INDECOM is sometimes hampered by differing views amongststakeholders as it relates to our remit and authority. Independenceis challenged due to our reliance on the Jamaica Constabulary Force(JCF) for important parts of investigations. The continued slownessof investigations and some uncooperative practices of the securityforces, all contribute to the right to life being somewhat illusory.As it relates to initial accounts of incidents by members of thesecurity forces, getting prompt statements remains a major challenge.This culture of tardiness poses a problem as it relates to the risk ofcollusion. However in other countries, officers involved in a shootingare not permitted to go home until they have given their individualversions of what happened to the investigators. This entire challengenot only hampers the process of investigating, but generalaccountability for the taking of a life. The recommendations relatedto this challenge require that statements be given promptly and therisk of collusion be reduced. It is also recommended that state agentsnot be returned to duty in the area where the incident occurredwhilst under investigation.USE OF DEADLY FORCEThe use of deadly force in effecting arrests is also addressed in thisreport. The existing laws, the Commission believes, needexamination in today’s context as they currently allow, in somecircumstances, for a person suspected of a felony attempting toelude the police to be stopped by the use of deadly force. This useof force may be disproportionate, especially if the offender doesnot pose a threat to anyone. It is the Commission’s view that theCourts will hold that common law principles on the use of force toapprehend a fleeing felon are incompatible with the Charter ofFundamental Rights. Parliament is asked to intervene and clarify thelaw and bring it in conformity with the Constitution.DEATH OF THE MENTALLY ILL WHEN INCONFRONTATION WITH MEMBERS OF THESECURITY FORCESIn 2011, six (6) persons were killed by police who were believed tobe of unsound mind and in none of those cases were any specialmeasures employed to handle a matter of this nature. Part Two ofthis report addresses the issue of the mentally ill being killed whenthey are in confrontation with the police.Based on our investigations, we submit that dealing with someoneof impaired reason may present a challenge to a constable seekingto apprehend him. That said, the JCF must train and instruct theirmembership on using force against a mentally disturbed person, asa police officer who kills a mentally disturbed person may be liablefor murder or for the tort of negligence.The JCF Training Manual gives guidelines as to how to treat witha mentally ill person. The most important guideline being that thementally ill person should be treated in an unhurried, calm,non-authoritative manner; in addition, the constable should notbecome angry and impatient if the mentally ill person seems to beignoring them. The Manual also states that the constable should haveadequate assistance, which is considered to be at least five (5) officersnearby.Nonetheless, our investigations suggest a lack of patience on thepart of the police when handling mentally ill persons as some 75 percent of confrontations with the mentally ill and the police end infatalities, while 25 per cent end in injuries. The numbers,iiiExecutive SummarySearching for truth, striving for justice
  • vhowever, vary according to the Division in which it occurrs; forexample, Areas Two and Three accounted for 90 per cent of thefatalities involving mentally ill persons in confrontation with thepolice, and this was recorded for the period 2005 to 2012. We alsofound that in most of the cases, the mentally ill persons were knownto the police and were in possession of an offensive weapon whenthey were fatally shot. At this time, international best practices, theCommission believes, ought to be employed. The use of non-lethalweapons such as tasers are used in other countries as a way ofminimising the possibility of a fatality. Local mental healthprofessionals agree that non lethal alternatives are most appropriatewhen dealing with the mentally ill. The Taser itself is a self-defenceweapon and a good alternative to a firearm. Should this become analternative weapon to be used by the security forces, it isrecommended that a clear User Policy be developed andimplemented to ensure appropriate use.In this report, the Commission formulated recommendations thatit believes can reduce the incidence of fatality among this cohort.We thought it prudent to have a Medical Response Team for eachregion consisting of police officers with specialised training in deal-ing with the mentally ill and psychiatric aides. Also among the Com-mission’s recommendations was the implementation of ongoingrefresher courses in how to manage the mentally ill. These recom-mendations were made against the backdrop that the common trendsuggests that the police are ill-equipped and unprepared to handlesituations involving the mentally ill.DEATH IN CUSTODYPart Three of this report addresses the issue of death in custody.In May 2011, it was brought to the Commission’s attention that in2008, a number of prisoners died while in custody at the PortAntonio Police Station. Checks were made thereafter and it wasrevealed that five (5) of these deaths occurred in the same stationduring the period 2005-2009. The Commission, consequently,launched an investigation into the death of prisoners while in thecustody of the police and these investigations further revealed thatat least 36 deaths have occurred between the years 2005 and 2012.The Commission is of the view that some of the conditions thatresult in the death of these prisoners can be prevented. Additionally,efforts made to access reports of investigations into these incidentsrevealed that these deaths were not well investigated. TheCommission also found that many of these persons who died incustody were mentally ill.We believe the right to life of any citizen triggers an obligation onthe state to preserve the citizen’s life, thus all measures must be takenin this regard.The report, in part, speaks to several areas in which theCommission found cause for concern, chief among them being thepractice of housing insane persons and sane persons in the samearea; the poor record-keeping mechanisms in place; cell conditionsand the investigations of persons who have died in custody.The recommendations formulated for this section of the reportemanated from these concerns and include the development andmaintenance of a compulsory assessment of prisoners concerningtheir propensity to commit suicide. Additionally, it wasrecommended that the officers be trained in how to handle thementally ill, and that cells be checked at least four (4) times in anhour where the assessment of the prisoner suggests that he may besuicidal.We thought it prudent to suggest timelines for all the recommen-dations given in this Report, therefore some of the measures weregiven timelines from 60-180 days.nSearching for truth, striving for justice
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  • PART ONE:THE RIGHT TO LIFESearching for truth, striving for justice
  • Chapter 1: The Right to Life1Searching for truth, striving for justiceSUMMARYThe starting point must be full comprehension of the meaning andscope of a citizen’s inalienable right to life. This right is fundamentaland must not be curtailed or derogated from, even during periods ofnational emergency. The right to life involves:(a) a substantive obligation not to take life;(b) another substantive obligation to safeguard and protectlife, and(c) a procedural obligation for independent, adequate andeffective investigation of the taking of a life. Suchinvestigations must be accessible to the relatives of thedeceased and be open to public scrutiny.The taking of life must always be subject to enquiry, and theenquiry assumes even greater importance once a death occurs at thehands of members of the security forces or other agents of the State.The object of such an investigation is to discover whether the forceused in such cases was or was not justified, and to identify and punishthose responsible. In that investigative quest, all the surrounding cir-cumstances must be considered including the planning of the opera-tion and the control of forces on the ground.Where the use of force is permitted, it must be shown that thetaking of life was proportionate, having regard to:(a) the nature of the aim pursued;(b) the dangers to life and limb inherent in the situationand;(c) the degree of risk to life in the use of force employed.THE REQUISITES OF A RIGHT TO LIFEINVESTIGATION: EFFECTIVENESS ANDINDEPENDENCEAn effective right to life investigation is one which is capable ofleading to the identification of wrongdoing and its perpetrators.Further, the investigation must be effective in the sense that it leadsto the punishment of those persons responsible for breaches of theright without lawful justification.Recent jurisprudence on the scope of the State’s obligation tosafeguard the right to life of everyone in its jurisdiction stipulates thatwhen the right is breached by members of the Security Forces orother agents of the State, an independent investigative mechanismmust be triggered which has no institutional or hierarchical connectionwith the forces or other agents of the State under investigation.In assessing that jurisprudence, the following requirements foradequate, effective and independent investigations are:(a) the investigation must be reasonably prompt andexpeditious;(b) efforts must be made to reduce the possibility ofcollusion among State agents before they give their initialreports to the independent investigator;(c) the investigation must have the means to determinewhether the use of force was justified and to identify andpunish anyone implicated;(d) the investigators must not have institutional orhierarchical connection with the State agents underinvestigation; and(e) there must be reasonable public scrutiny and involve thenext of kin.
  • 2Searching for truth, striving for justiceTHE RIGHTThe Constitution of Jamaica (as amended by the Charter ofFundamental Rights and Freedoms Act) states:“13—(1) Whereas (a) the state has an obligation topromote universal respect for, and observance of,human rights and freedoms;………(2) Subject to sections 1 and 49, and to subsections (9) and(12), and save only as may be demonstrably justified in afree and democratic society:(a) this Chapter guarantees the rights and freedomsset out in subsection (3) and (6) of this section andin sections 14, 15, 16 and 17; and(b) Parliament shall pass no law and no organ ofthe State shall take any action whichabrogates, abridges or infringes those rights.(3) The rights and freedoms referred to in subsection (2)are as follows:(a) the right to life, liberty and security of theperson and the right not to be deprived thereofexcept in the execution of the sentence of acourt in respect of a criminal offence of whichthe person has been convicted”.THE RIGHT TO LIFE JURISPRUDENCE ANDRELEVANCE TO INDEPENDENT ANDEFFECTIVE INVESTIGATIONSMichael Gayle v Jamaica Case 12.418, Report No. 92/05delivered October 24, 2005FactsOn Saturday, August 21,1999 Michael Gayle, a young man ofobviously unsound mind, was severely kicked and beaten by somemembers of the security forces (Jamaica Constabulary Force andJamaica Defence Force) on duty at a curfew barricade. A police officerin the party arrested and charged Gayle for assaulting members ofthe barricade party and resisting arrest. The officer subsequentlyadmitted that these were false charges. Gayle died from his injuriestwo (2) days later.The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of SpecialInvestigations (the BSI), an arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force(the JCF). The area of the barricade was not examined for forensicevidence. No identification parade was conducted. Statements werenot collected from members of the security forces present until aweek had elapsed. Their uniforms and equipment were not examinedfor trace evidence.A Coroner’s Inquest ruled that all of the officers present were tobe charged, but the Director of Public Prosecutions demurred citinginsufficiency of evidence. Thus, no charges were laid.IssuesThe most important issue in the case was whether Gayle’s right tolife had been breached given that:a. he was killed by agents of the State;b. there was no effective and independent investigation intohis death.Jamaica accepted the first ground but denied the second.RulingThe Inter American Commission of Human Rights (the IACHR)found that Jamaica was in breach of the investigative obligationsconcomitant with the right to life. The IACHR thus recommendedlegislative changes to ensure that any investigative mechanismemployed by Jamaica to investigate the use of force by members ofthe security forces and other State agents would be compatible withinternational standards.The IACHR further found that:a. In the face of Jamaica’s high number of fatal incidentsinvolving the security forces, the nation had a particularlyhigh burden to show that investigations were adequate,effective, and independent. [88]; andb. The BSI’s investigations were below the minimuminternational standards required. (See the MinnesotaProtocol). [85][86][90][91].In relation to points listed above, the IACHR had this to say:“91. Further, the Commission cannot accept the State’scontention that its approach in interviewing security personnelone week after the incident was “methodical and diligent”.Security Force personnel were best placed to identify individual perpetrators,especially in view of the fact that identification lineups were not utilised as a meansof providing civilian witnesses with an opportunity to identify individual officers.The IACHR’s third point on the issue of adequacy andeffectiveness was that the investigation should have been conductedfrom the outset by an authority independent of the JCF and theBy failing to carry out these interviewsexpeditiously, the State not only jeopardised thereliability of any accounts given by officersconcerning pertinent events, for example through thecoordination of evidence, but also exacerbated thepossibility that the officers would refuse toimplicate one another, rendering it impossibleto substantiate individual responsibility basedupon the testimony of officers who were at thescene.”
  • 3Searching for truth, striving for justiceJamaica Defence Force (the JDF). This authority would have to beempowered to effectively investigate, leading to the charging ofpersons implicated. [94]In Gerville Williams et al v The Commissioner of INDECOM[2012] JMFC 1, Sykes, J commented on the lack of independence ofthe BSI and the general public feeling as to the inadequacy ofinvestigations prior to the Independent Commissions ofInvestigations Act. [130] – [132]Sykes, J and Williams, J were of the view that the Act was designedto cure the ills of the past and to provide for investigations that canunearth “all information regarding any misdeed on the part of thesecurity forces”. [232],[366]Ramsahai v Netherlands (2008) 46 EHHR 43 ECHR (GrandChamber)FactsR, being armed with a firearm, robbed V of his scooter. Vimmediately reported the matter to a police officer who caused it tobe broadcast on the police radio network. Officers Bruns and Bulstrasaw R on a scooter fitting the description broadcast. They confrontedR to apprehend him, there was a struggle and R got free. R drew thepistol, Bulstra drew his and ordered R to put down his weapon. Rrefused. Bruns approached R and R turned the weapon on him. Brunsdrew his and shot R in the neck. R died within minutes.After the shooting the Police Commissioner was reported to havesaid that: “Whatever kind of committee of inquiry may be set up inaddition, I will not let them in.”Police from Bruns and Bulsrta’s department attended the scene,conducted forensic examination, and canvassed for witnesses. Theinvestigation was thereafter taken over by the State police force. TheState prosecutor ruled that the shooting was in self-defence.IssuesThe deceased’s family complained inter alia that the investigationbreached R’s right to life as it was not independent, effective oradequate for the following reasons:a) key parts of the investigation were conducted by members ofthe same Force of which Bruns and Bulstra were members;b) officers Bruns and Bulstra were questioned three (3) days afterthe incident giving them an opportunity to collude;c) officers Bruns and Bulstra were assigned the same lawyer;d) all the officers who arrived at the scene were not questioned asto what Bruns and Bulstra reported to them;e) the precise trajectory of the fatal shot was not determined;f) Bruns and Bulstra’s hands were not swabbed for gunshot residueand their weapons and ammunition were not examined;g) the absence of reconstruction or postmortem diagrams; andh) the Police Commissioner’s uncooperative statement.RulingA. General Principles [321]-[325]The State’s obligation to protect the right to life implies that therewill be an effective investigation of the taking of a life. Theinvestigation must be aimed at enforcing domestic criminal and civillaws, and to ensure accountability of agents of the State for their useof force.The investigation must be independent in law and practice. Theremust be no institutional or hierarchical connection between theinvestigator and the State agents suspected of being implicated.The investigation must be capable of determining whether the useof force was justified, and identifying and punishing anyoneresponsible. The investigator must secure forensic evidence andwitness statements. The investigation must also have a measure ofpublic scrutiny as public confidence in the State’s monopoly on theuse of force is at stake.B. BreachesThe investigation breached the procedural requirements of adequacyand independence consequent on the right to life as:a) the firearms and ammunition were not examined. There was noreconstruction, no postmortem illustrations, and no hand swabbing.[329];b) although there was no evidence of actual collusion, Bruns andBulstra were not separated pending their giving statements and thestatements were taken after three (3) days. [330];c) the independent investigator did not start his work until 15hours had elapsed.[334];d) essential parts of the investigation (including forensicexamination and door-to-door canvassing) were done by officers fromthe same force of which Bruns and Bulstra were members [335];e) supervision of the investigators by another party (e.g. theProsecuting Service) could not render the investigation independent.[337] Whilst the police could not be expected to remain passiveuntil the independent investigator arrived, there were no specialcircumstances that permitted the local police from going beyondsecuring the scene. [338]C. The Court further ruled that:Whilst the public prosecutor was independent of the police,problems may sometimes arise where the prosecutor has a working
  • 4Searching for truth, striving for justiceP219 (asalitytaFceoliP 31, 2012)c.et Da 31, 2012)lyuJgAutpSetOcvoNcDeanJbFerchMarilApyMaenuJebmuN0 5anJanJ bFeshDeatff Deatore 11 2010 15rchMa rilAp yMa35 12 1020 25enuJ lyuJ gAu pSe18 16 17 1930 35 40tp Oct voN cDe19 24 18 1940Figure 1. Indicates the number of security force-involved fatal shootings in 2012 on a monthly basis. (Source: INDECOM Registry)relationship with a particular police force. It would therefore havebeen better if a prosecutor unconnected to that police force had ruledon the case. [342] – [346]As investigative files may contain sensitive information, it is not arequirement of the right to life that the investigator satisfies everyrequest for disclosure. [347]- [350]The degree of public scrutiny of the investigation varies from caseto case. The test is whether the scrutiny is sufficient for accountability,fosters public confidence in the State’s use of force, and prevents anyfeeling of collusion or tolerance of unlawful acts. [353]D. The Court found that:a) the shooting did not violate the right to life (unanimous);b) the investigation did violate the right to life in that it wasinadequate(13 to 4) and insufficiently independent (16 to 1);andc) awarded them EURO 20, 000 plus costs.In Saunders and Tucker v IPCC [2008] EWHC2372, Ramsahai was applied and the Court criticised thepractice of police officers conferring before giving a state-ment and ruled that directives ought to be given to preventinvolved officers from colluding or to reduce the risk of in-nocent contamination. nPOLICE FATALITIES 2012
  • OVERVIEWEfforts continue to ensure that the investigation of homicidesallegedly caused by agents of the State accord with the proceduralobligations described in the preceding chapter. Investigationsconducted in 2012 reveal much improvement when compared to thearrangements that existed at the time of the unfortunate eventsinvolving Michael Gayle.On the positive side, the Commission’s investigations are largelyindependent and most police officers defer to the Commission’sauthority as regards processing scenes. The Commission is assiduouslyworking on the backlog of cases formerly investigated by the JCF’sBureau of Special Investigations and by the Police Public ComplaintsAuthority (the PPCA) whilst initiating contemporary investigations.Issues that remain surround the challenge to independence fromthe Commission’s reliance on the JCF for important parts of theinvestigation, the continued slowness of investigations, and practicesof the security forces that can, in some instances, contribute to theright to life being illusory.INDEPENDENCEThe Commission was established as an Independent Investigatorwith broad powers. This was an important step towards ensuring thatJamaica’s arrangements became compatible with the internationalstandards, as expressed by the IACHR in Michael Gayle. Despite thesepowers, the Commission’s work is sometimes hampered by differingviews amongst stakeholders as it relates to our remit and authority.The investigations conducted by the Commission depend heavilyon the JCF’s input regarding the conduct of identification parades.This issue was referred to in our report to Parliament, “Confrontingthe Challenges” (P. 28-32), and we await consideration of ourrequest for amendment of the statute.To enhance the effectiveness of investigations, the Commission,with the grant aid of the United Kingdom’s Department ForInternational Development (DFID), has established its ownMicroscope Laboratory and engaged an internationally recognisedballistic expert. The Commission is pleased to have the resources tobegin to confront this backlog and is targeting by its third anniversaryto bring down average completion time for investigations.INITIAL ACCOUNTS BY SECURITY FORCEPERSONNELThe Commission has organised itself to achieve well over ninetyper cent (90%) compliance with the standard of commencinginvestigations of a fatal event anywhere in Jamaica within two (2)hours of report. Full compliance will come with the establishment ofa regional office in the North East. The Commission’s investigatorshave also been instructed to require that police officers give them theirfirst-hand account within a few hours of the incident.The Commission continues to face difficulties in getting promptstatements from security force personnel. This is important to endthe culture of tardiness in these investigations and to impedecollusion. The Commission notes that most modern police forces willnot permit police officers present at a shooting to go home from theirshift until the officers have given their individual versions to theinvestigator. In some cases investigated in the past year, seniorofficers permitted officers involved in shootings to go off duty with-out being available for interview by the Commission’s investigators.Getting a statement from a police officer under three (3) days of anincident remains exceptional.The Commission notes that the Full Court’s holding that theCommission’s statutory power to require any person to answer aquestion or give a statement was not incompatible with theConstitution. This power is meaningless if the involved officer isunavailable when the Commission’s investigators arrive.Most modern police forces order their membership not to discussthe case amongst themselves prior to being interviewed or giving astatement to the independent investigator. In Jamaica there is no suchprovision and, to the contrary, the JCF’s high command perceives thattheir members have a right to confer.THE RIGHT TO LIFE MUST NOT BE AN ILLUSIONBing ImagesChapter 2: Accountability for Taking Life5Searching for truth, striving for justice
  • 6The situation is not always bleak as, in a handful of cases, JCFsupervisory officers cause involved officers to remain at the scene orat the police station, fostering prompt interviews and statements. TheCommission is happy to report productive discussions with the PoliceFederation and the Special Constables Association so that they mightsensitise their membership as to the Commission’s operational aimsfor prompt statements. The Commission continues to engage JCFunits and formations in this regard. Nevertheless, on many scenespolice officers and soldiers appear unsure of the Commission’sauthority and express a desire that their respective high commandswould advise them by way of express policy or orders.JCF POLICY AND THE ISSUE OFCOLLUSIONThe JCF Use of Force Policy is influenced by the EuropeanCourt of Human Rights’ (ECHR’s) jurisprudence on the right to lifeand by the United Nations Code of Conduct for LawEnforcement and the Basic Principles on the Use of Force andFirearms. The Use of Force Policy requires that personnel reporta discharge of firearm to their immediate supervisor “as soon aspracticable”. The supervisor must inspect the officer’s pocketbook toensure that an entry is made of the firing and the officer must fullydocument the circumstances1.The Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms insiststhat the state and JCF establish effective reporting and reviewprocesses for the investigation of cases of death or serious injury.These processes must include recognition of the jurisdiction ofindependent authorities and the courts2.The current JCF policy and the practices are deficient, in that, itdoes not mandate measures to prevent concerned officers fromcolluding and, it does not fully recognise the remit of theCommission.The Commission reminds that our report “Confronting theChallenges” noted a practice of conferring and vetting before policeofficers gave statements and recommended that the Commissionerof Police and the Chief of Defence Staff issue orders prohibitingdiscussion of an incident by officers involved prior to giving astatement to the Commission3. Although the JDF’s response wasfavourable, the JCF demurred. The JCF said that they were unsure ofthe purpose of the recommendation and claimed that a police officerhad a right to “research among his colleagues”4. Since this report andthe security forces’ response were tabled in Parliament, little haschanged.The Commission returns to this important issue recognising thatthe nation and the JCF intend and desire for policing to be rights-based. In this regard, the decisions of the ECHR in Ramsahai vNetherlands and the England and Wales High Court in R (Saundersand Tucker) v IPCC should assist the JCF in concluding that theircurrent practices and policies are not compliant with the constitutionalright to life.It is important to reiterate the legal principles:“. ………that in the case of a fatal shooting by police officersthe State may be held to have violated Article 2 if, in the courseof the investigation required by the Article, adequate steps werenot taken to prevent the police officers directly concerned fromconferring before producing their first accounts of the incident;and that that is so even if it cannot be shown that they in factdid confer………..the court would be very chary of a general practiceunder which officers who are key witnesses in an Article 2investigation are expressly permitted to collaborate in theproduction of their statements: the opportunity for collusionis, so to speak, institutionalised.5”It would seem that, with the greatest of respect, there is no rightto “research amongst his colleagues” and such practice is in factrepugnant to the right to life and unprofessional.Example can be drawn from the United Kingdom Association ofChief Police Officers (ACPO) who, when confronted by this issue,modified their policy to prohibit acts of collusion. The ACPOManual of Guidance6now provides:“7.94 As a matter of general practice, officers should not conferwith others before making their accounts (whether initial orsubsequent accounts). The important issue is to individually recordwhat their honestly held belief of the situation was at the time forcewas used. There should therefore be no need for an officer toconfer with others about what was in their mind at the time forcewas used. If, however, in a particular case a need to confer on otherissues does arise then, in order to ensure transparency and maintainpublic confidence, where some discussion has taken place, officersmust document the fact that conferring has taken place, highlighting:a) Time, date and place where conferring took place;b) The issues discussed;c) With whom; andd) The reasons for such discussion7.95 There is a positive obligation on officers involved to ensurethat all activities relating to the recording of accounts is transparent“...in the case of a fatal shooting by policeofficers, the State may be held to haveviolated Article 2 if, in the course of theinvestigation required by the Article,adequate steps were not taken to prevent thepolice officers directly concerned fromconferring before producing their firstaccounts of the incident; and that that is soeven if it cannot be shown that they in factdid conferSearching for truth, striving for justice
  • and capable of withstanding scrutiny.” [Emphasis added]The Commission notes that the JCF’s Use of Force Policy andthe Chief of Defence Staff’s instructions for the use of deadly forceare to be admired for their detailed guide to their members as regardsthe need for proportionality in the use of force; thereby helping tosatisfy the two (2) substantive State obligations regarding the right tolife.However, the problem is that, if members of the security forcesare not properly accountable by an effective investigative process, thesubstantive obligations associated with the right to life will not befulfilled, and the consequence of the failure to fulfil them is to renderthe right to life unreal and illusory.The Commission’s considered view is that the relevant forces oughtto take necessary steps to implement rules which require theirmembers to submit to the appropriate investigative process.At present, the reverse exists in Jamaica, especially as regards theJCF where, the high command seems to maintain rigid adherence topractices which encourage collusion, thus minimising the effectivenessof an investigation. This is so notwithstanding that it is now patentthat such practices are inconsistent with the right to life.The Commission is of the view that the relevant forces and otheragents of the State need to continue in their progress towards rights-based actions by incorporating international best practices in formingthe requirement for accountability in the use of force.The Commission therefore recommends that the Commissioner ofPolice, Chief of Defence Staff and Commissioner of Corrections issueorders to the members of their respective forces and auxiliaries pro-hibiting members - involved in, present at, the use of force against amember of the public where sexual assault, injury or death results -from conferring before giving their accounts to the Commission andrequiring that where, exceptionally, there has been some conferring,this be noted and fully disclosed.ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEWSIn investigations conducted in 2012 the Commission has continuedto note that state agents involved in homicides are returned to fullduties within a few days of the incident - even controversial ones -following an internal review. In this determination the Commissionis never consulted.The internationally accepted principle is:The JCF Use of Force Policy does not conform with theseprinciples. The policy provides:“On this point, the Court underlines the importance ofsuspension from duty of the agent under investigation in orderto prevent any appearance of collusion in or tolerance ofunlawful acts.”7“161. Although the criminal investigation may require some timeto reach a conclusion, the administrative investigation shall be of shortduration, reaching a preliminary judgment within forty-eight (48)hours of the incident. In each case when a member uses deadly force;the following procedure will be followed:a. The Commanding Officer of the member involved shallrelieve the member from duties in any operationalassignment.b. The Commanding Officer in charge may either assign themember to some administrative duty or relieve the memberfrom all police duties, pending the outcome of theadministrative review.c. The Divisional Commander for the division in which theincident occurs or his designate and one member of theBureau of Special Investigations (BSI) and the AssistantForce Chaplain shall conduct a preliminary investigation todetermine:(i) If the shooting seem justified or not.(ii) If Force Orders and procedures were followed or notand that the member’s physical and emotional state is suchthat he/she is capable of resuming normal police duties.(iii) Submit a written report embodying all available factsthrough the Area/Branch Officer to reach theCommissioner of Police as early as possible and in anyevent, within 24 hours of the occurrence.(iv) Where the members’ Commanding Officer is not theOfficer in charge of the Division in which the incidentoccurred, it shall be the responsibility of the officer incommand of the Division where the incident occurred toforward the report required (See (iii) above).(v) The Commissioner shall reserve the right in all cases todetermine the return of the member to operationalduties within the 24 hours.”The policy permits an officer to return to duty before theinvestigation is complete. The Commission has noted that in someinstances the constable is returned to full duties even where there isreason to doubt that the shooting was justified.The decision to return an officer to duty ought to await thecompletion of the investigation for its full clearance. Unfortunately,the breach of the appropriate standards is sometimes exacerbated bythe officer under investigation being returned to do police duties inthe very community the incident took place.Certainly, these investigations can be protracted. We also7...the importance of suspension from duty of theagent under investigation in order to prevent anyappearance of collusion in or tolerance of unlawfulacts.”Searching for truth, striving for justice
  • 8acknowledge that the JCF’s deployment strength may suffer ifsignificant numbers of personnel are withdrawn from active duty,nevertheless, the JCF risks great public opprobrium when it returnsofficers suspected of being involved in controversial extra-judicialkillings to duty. The JCF may unwittingly encourage impunity whereit returns officers who have been uncooperative with officialinvestigations to full duty.In a particular investigation, the members of the police team thatwere reportedly involved in the incident were returned to frontlineduties within days of the incident. Indeed one officer was laterpromoted. This decision was taken despite the Commission’sindication of the strength of the case at that time.The expressed suspicion of the BSI was that there were sometroubling issues concerning the shooting, the failure of all the officersto fully document what had happened, and the officer’s lack ofcooperation with the Commission’s investigation.When the Commission enquired into the matter, the Commissionerof Police advised that the participation or recommendations of theCommission were unnecessary for the administrative review process.The Commission is puzzled that the JCF did not welcome theCommission’s input given the fact that it was clear that it wasconducting an investigation and had information that the BSI was notyet privy to. The Commission further notes that the officers, in thatcase, were in breach of Force policy in not documenting theiraccounts.It is therefore recommended that the Commissioner of Police, theChief of Defence Staff and the Commissioner of Corrections issueorders that:(a) officers conducting reviews of incidents where force was used,shall seek the input of the Commission’s Director of Complaints incharge of the investigation before determining whether policepersonnel involved in an incident (where the rights of a citizen havebeen allegedly abused) is returned to full duties pending thecompletion of the investigation;(b) that members of their force not return to their full duties whilethe matter is under the investigation or trial; and(c) prohibit a review panel from returning an agent of the State tofrontline duties where that agent is in breach of a request made pur-suant to Section 21 of the Independent Commission ofInvestigations Act. nIn a particular investigation, the members of thepolice team that were reportedly involved in theincident were returned to frontline duties withindays of the incident. Indeed one officer was laterpromoted. This decision was taken despite theCommission’s indication of the strength of thecase at that time.The Commission is puzzled that the JCF did notwelcome the Commission’s input given the fact thatit was clear that it was conducting an investigationand had information that the BSI was not yet privyto. The Commission further notes that the officers,in that case, were in breach of Force policy in notdocumenting their accounts.Searching for truth, striving for justice
  • Chapter 3: Use of Deadly Force9Searching for truth, striving for justice"[I]f persons who are pursued by these officers for felony or thejust suspicion thereof . . . shall not yield themselves to these officers,but shall either resist or fly before they are apprehended or beingapprehended shall rescue themselves and resist or fly, so that theycannot be otherwise apprehended, and are upon necessity slaintherein, because they cannot be otherwise taken, it is no felony.”8“Again though where a felon flying from justice is killed by theofficer in the pursuit, the homicide is justifiable if the felon could nototherwise be overtaken.......and the jury ought to inquire whether it were of necessity or not.”9INTRODUCTIONWhen is it lawful to use deadly force to arrest a suspected offenderfleeing apprehension? Is it justified for a constable to shoot at asuspected pickpocket who has evaded arrest but poses no immediatephysical danger to anyone? What of a suspected serial murdererfleeing apprehension but not threatening immediate physical harm?Should the officer refrain from shooting him although there is goodreason to fear that he may shortly resume taking life?To be clear, the issue does not concern a suspected offender whois physically resisting arrest. And persons suspected of offences oughtto peacefully submit themselves to lawful arrest. What can the policedo when they do not?Consider the case of a non-violent suspected offender; is it betterthat he be killed rather than elude arrest?The old common law rule, as recounted above, permits deadlyforce to apprehend felons, but that rule has been criticised forcenturies and there have been attempts to reformulate it. TheCommission respectfully opines that with the promulgation of theCharter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (ConstitutionalAmendment) Act, 2011 the juridical basis of the former assuredanswer has been eroded.This chapter traces the common law principles and describes thepotential conflict with the new paradigm. The Commissionrespectfully submits that the current state of the law is unacceptablycomplex and uncertain. Legislative reform is recommended.The Commission has investigated many cases in the past year thathave raised this issue. Typically the cases present these circumstances:A constable suspects that a person has committed an offence and triesto apprehend him, but the suspect flees and the constable fires hisgun, killing the suspect and sometimes injuring other persons nearby.USE OF DEADLY FORCE IN EFFECTING ARRESTSTHE FLEEING FELON
  • Interestingly, in all the cases investigated the constable claimed thatthe fleeing suspect was a threat to him and that he fired inself-defence. In some cases there are good reasons to believe that ajury would reject that defence compelling consideration of thelawfulness of the use of force absent any threat of violence from thearrestee.EXISTING LAWR v. Astley RickettsIt was October 14, 1983 when Winston Moore, in perpetrating afraud, presented a cheque at a commercial bank. Moore, realising thatthe bank officer was “on to him”, fled and a bank employee cried outto Special Constable Astley Ricketts, the bank’s security officer, toapprehend him. Ricketts, with his firearm drawn, held Mooremomentarily with the one hand but Moore forcibly released himselfprotesting his innocence. Moore walked away; Ricketts pursued himand fired three (3) shots. Moore, an unarmed, non-violent suspect,was dead because he had resisted apprehension.A jury convicted Ricketts for murder, but his conviction wasquashed by the Jamaican Court of Appeal on the basis that the trialjudge had failed to direct the jury on the principles governing theapprehension of a fleeing felon.10In their unanimous decision their lordships criticised the trial judgeruling that the summation had:“diverted them (i.e. the jury) from the single-minded considerationas to whether in the given circumstances the appellant had actedreasonably in firing at the deceased with a view to apprehend him onthe reasonable suspicion that he had committed a felony in the bank.”Certainly, it is desirable that all suspected offenders surrender orbe apprehended so that they may face justice, but that it could everbe justified to use deadly force to apprehend an unarmed non-violentfelon seems antediluvian. Indeed this may explain why Ricketts, whenfirst taxed with the offence, claimed that his firearm had beendischarged when he had been wrestling with Moore.The longstanding principle needs examination in today’s context:Is it disproportionate to take life in this endeavour where thesuspected offender threatens no immediate physical harm to anyone?COMMON LAW PRINCIPLEUnder the common law principles, deadly force was permissible toapprehend a fleeing felon but not for a person suspected of havingcommitted a misdemeanour.For the common law principle as described by Hale in the 18thcentury, and applied in Astley Ricketts, to apply, a jury would have toconsider whether:a) the defendant reasonably suspected that the person to whom theforce was directed had committed a felony; andb) the force employed was reasonable and necessary to lawfullyapprehend the suspected felon.Offences are still classified in Jamaica as treasons, felonies, ormisdemeanours. The nomenclature is an ancient one, with the truedistinction being that for treasons and felonies, the Crown couldforfeit the offender’s property while, for misdemeanours, no forfeitwas possible. It is often also said that for felonies, the historicpunishment was death, but this was not always correct. Certainly themost serious offences are felonies, but some felonies are decidedlynon-violent. Further, only two (2) felonies - treason and capitalmurder - remain today as capital crimes.Smith and Hogan described the common law principles as being“astonishing when viewed in the light of modern conditions andattitudes”11and went on to proffer examples:“If D steals my handkerchief and, being fleeter of foot than I, ismaking his escape, may I lawfully shoot him down?....It is incrediblethat this is the law.”REASONABLE SUSPICIONSuspicion denotes a state of belief where proof is lacking.12Forsuspicion to be reasonable, it is not enough that the arresting officertruly believes. In addition to honest belief, the arresting officer musthave objective grounds for this belief that would satisfy a reasonableman.13An arrestor who kills to execute an arrest will not be excused if hedid not suspect that the arrestee had committed a felony. InDadson14a police officer killed a man who was stealing wood froma copse. Ordinarily this would be a misdemeanour but, unknown tothe constable, the deceased had had previous convictions for thisoffence and, under the law, this subsequent offence was a felony. Thecourt held that the constable’s actions were unjustified.10Searching for truth, striving for justice“If D steals my handkerchief and, being fleeterof foot than I, is making his escape, may I lawfullyshoot him down?....It is incredible that this is thelaw.”- Smith and Hogan
  • 11Searching for truth, striving for justiceReasonable suspicion is a relatively low test normally employed tojustify an arrest; it is not even enough to have someone charged withan offence. Suspicion is prone to error but, as a test for arrest, themischief of misplaced suspicion causing a loss of liberty pales whencompared to loss of life.The police may have information linking the occupants of a motorcar to a previously committed felony, such suspicion would besufficient to justify arresting all of the occupants of the car.15Couldit be justified, firing on the fleeing car and killing the occupants?In a case investigated in 2011, the police suspected that theoccupants of the car had committed a felony. Their suspicion wasbased on insufficient information; they were mistaken. Sadly theoccupants ran from the police and one (1) of them was shot and killedby the police.If the men had stopped the police’s suspicion would have beeneasily dispelled but, as it turned out, a life was lost.LAWFUL ARRESTA lawful apprehension without warrant must be based upon theexistence of a reasonable suspicion as described earlier. It is aprocedural requirement of a lawful arrest that the arrestee beinformed, shortly before or after an arrest, of the true reasons for hisarrest unless the exigencies of the situation make this impractical orimpossible; for example, where the arrest is being forcibly resisted.16The aim is to ensure that the arrestee appreciates the legal and factualgrounds for his arrest.17The constable need not use technical languageor specify a particular crime. The purpose of this requirement is toput an arrestee in a position that he can volunteer information toavoid arrest.18PRIVATE CITIZENSIt would seem that even private citizens seeking to effect a lawfularrest could claim the common law defence. InRobinson v Dunkley19the Jamaican Court of Appeal was asked toconsider the common law principles surrounding citizen action inpursuit of a fleeing felon. On the raising of the “hue and cry”, aprivate citizen may, without warrant, arrest and detain anyone foundcommitting a felony. Indeed the able-bodied citizen would be obligedto prevent the escape of the felon.REASONABLE AND NECESSARY FORCEFirst, it must be noted that the common law principle does notexcuse force that is unnecessary or excessive to the legitimate end, i.e.the apprehension of the suspect. Does the measure ofreasonableness extend further to prohibit the use of force incircumstances where it would be disproportionate? Are theresituations where deadly force ought not to be used even when thisappears to be the only way to apprehend a felon? The 18th centuryapproach did not seem to contemplate this at all.The Court’s ruling in Ricketts does not conclude that the specialconstable was justified in his use of deadly force; just that the judgewas wrong not to have left it to the jury. It does not appear that theCourt considered the proviso.20If they had they would have had toevaluate whether, on the facts and despite the non-direction, aconviction was inevitable.The celebrated case of R v Clegg21may be instructive. The trialjudge had found that a soldier fired three (3) shots in self-defence ata motor car that had been violently bearing down at him and hiscolleagues. However, the soldier’s fourth, fired when the car wasspeeding away, was not. This shot killed a passenger. The trial judge22did not think that there was sufficient evidence to consider thedefence of using force to apprehend a suspect. The Court of Appealdisagreed with the judge on this point but went on to considerwhether the conviction was nevertheless safe.The Court of Appeal ruled that the conviction was safe as therewas no evidence that the soldier had suspected that the driver of thecar was a terrorist or, would commit terrorist offences in the future.They ruled that any reasonable tribunal would find the soldier’s actionsto be “grossly disproportionate”. The House of Lords approved theCourt of Appeal’s finding that the soldier employed excessive, andtherefore unlawful, force.The case of George Finn v AG23was a civil suit brought againsta policeman and the State for gunshot injuries that the plaintiffsuffered during his apprehension. Wolfe, J24found that the plaintiffhad been unarmed and considered the authorities on the use of force:“What degree of force then was the officer entitled to use inapprehending the plaintiff ‘a mere’ escaping felon? The age-old testmust be applied, to wit, ‘reasonable force’.In 1879, the Report of the Criminal Code Bill Commissionstated:‘We take one great principle of common law to be, that though itsanctions the defence of a man’s person, liberty and property againstillegal violence, and permits the use of force to prevent crimes, topreserve public peace and to bring offenders to justice, yet all this issubject to the restriction that the force used is necessary; that is, thatthe mischief sought to be prevented could not be prevented by a lessviolent means; and that the mischief done by, or which mightreasonably be anticipated from the force used is notdisproportioned to the injury or mischief which it is intendedto prevent.’”Consistently, McKain, J25reminded that a constable in determiningwhether to use force in apprehending a suspect “ought not to proceedwithout reasonable necessity, and the public has to be considered ifReasonable suspicion is a relatively low testnormally employed to justify an arrest; it is noteven enough to have someone charged with anoffence. Suspicion is prone to error but, as atest for arrest, the mischief of misplacedsuspicion causing a loss of liberty pales whencompared to loss of life.
  • he proposes to discharge a firearm where other persons than a fugitivemay be located.”These two (2) Jamaican first instance civil judgments demonstraterecognition of the principles of proportionality. George Finn, inrelying on the English Criminal Code Bill Commission’s Report,accepts that sometimes the end of apprehending the fugitive felonmay not justify the use of deadly force, even where there is no lessviolent means to achieve that end.The arresting officer must consider the risk of harm to otherpersons when determining whether to use deadly force to apprehenda suspect. As noted in Clegg this consideration would be merely oneconsideration for the question of proportionality.In the 22nd edition of Harris’ Criminal Law, it was noted thatthe 18th century approach harkened to a time when all felonies werecapital and there were no organised police forces. It was urged that“in modern times the test of what is reasonable must restrict verymuch” the force permissible to apprehend a fleeing felon and that theold cases were to be read subject to this reservation26. It is not clearhowever how much of this modern thinking has authoritative force.Smith and Hogan assert that the question of proportionality mustbe added to the old common law considerations27. They rely on theReport of the Criminal Code Bill Commission extracted aboveand note that although it was not uttered from the bench, the reportwas the work of the leading jurists of the day28and was later cited byone of them in his directions to the jury. Having so concluded thelearned authors give answer to their hypothetical case of thefleet-footed handkerchief thief described earlier thus: “The escapeof a thief who had stolen a handkerchief, though a “mischief ”, issurely incomparably less the killing of the same man. If a murdereris shot down the matter is more open to argument.”29In the most recent Jamaican Court of Appeal case30Archbold’s35th edition retelling of the 18th century approach was relied on, butwithout any reference to considerations of proportionality. UnlikeAstley Ricketts, the proviso was considered but no reasons wereadvanced as to why it was not applied.Even this most recent case may be a legal antiquity as it wasexpressly based on a constitutional provision that has since beenrepealed and decided at a time when the old common lawprinciples were free from the scrutiny of the Constitution’s humanrights principles.DEVELOPMENTS IN ENGLANDWith the abolition of the distinction between felonies andmisdemeanours in England and Wales, their Parliament enactedlegislation to deal with the use of force in arresting a suspect. Section3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967 replaced the common law rulesthus:“3(1) A person may use such force as is reasonable in thecircumstances in the prevention of crime, or in effecting or assistingin the lawful arrest of offenders or suspected offenders or of personsunlawfully at large.”The issue was clarified in 2008 by Section 76 of the CriminalJustice and Immigration Act which provides that:(3) The question whether the degree of force used by D wasreasonable in the circumstances is to be decided by reference to thecircumstances as D believed them to be, and subsections (4) to (8)also apply in connection with deciding that question.(4) If D claims to have held a particular belief as regards theexistence of any circumstances –(a) the reasonableness or otherwise of that belief is relevant to thequestion whether D genuinely held it; but(b) if it is determined that D did genuinely hold it, D is entitled torely on it for the purposes of subsection (3), whether or not -(i) it was mistaken, or(ii) (if it was mistaken) the mistake was a reasonable one to havemade.(5) But subsection (4)(b) does not enable D to rely on any mistakenbelief attributable to intoxication that was voluntarily induced.(6) The degree of force used by D is not to be regarded as havingbeen reasonable in the circumstances as D believed them to be if itwas disproportionate in those circumstances.(7) In deciding the question mentioned in subsection (3) thefollowing considerations are to be taken into account (so far asrelevant in the circumstances of the case) -(a) that a person acting for a legitimate purpose may not be ableto weigh to a nicety the exact measure of any necessary action; and(b) that evidence of a persons having only done what the personhonestly and instinctively thought was necessary for a legitimatepurpose constitutes strong evidence that only reasonable action wastaken by that person for that purpose.(8) Subsection (7) is not to be read as preventing other mattersfrom being taken into account where they are relevant to deciding thequestion mentioned in subsection (3).(9) This section is intended to clarify the operation of the existingdefences mentioned in subsection (2).(10) In this section -(a) "legitimate purpose" means -(i) the purpose of self-defence under the common law; or(ii) the prevention of crime or effecting or assisting in thelawful arrest of persons mentioned in the provisionsreferred to in subsection (2)(b).In this clarification the influences of two (2) Jamaican Privy Councildecisions - Solomon Beckford31and Palmer v R32- are quiteapparent and the law on the use of force in self-defence and affecting12“The escape of a thief who had stolen ahandkerchief, though a “mischief”, is surelyincomparably less the killing of the same man.If a murderer is shot down the matter is moreopen to argument.”Searching for truth, striving for justice
  • an arrest remain analogous. Most importantly, the 2008 clarification,having been promulgated to reflect “right to life” principles, requiresthat the taking of life be a proportionate infringement.THE RIGHT TO LIFEIn Glenroy McDermott33the Jamaican Court of Appeal, inoverturning a conviction, considered the common law principles ofthe fleeing felon and Section 14 (2)(b) of the Constitution whichprovided that:“14(2) Without prejudice to any liability for a contravention of anyother law with respect to the use of force in such cases as arehereinafter mentioned, a person shall not be regarded as having beendeprived of his life in contravention of this Section if he dies as theresult of this use of force to such extent as is reasonably justifiable inthe circumstances of the case-(b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escapeof a person lawfully detained;”The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms(Constitutional Amendment) Act, 2011 repealed this provision,along with the entire Chapter of human rights provisions in theIndependence Constitution and replaced it with a new regime. Theright to life continues to be recognised but without any specifiedexception for the use of deadly force in effecting an arrest. The onlyspecified exceptions being to carry out a sentence of the court.34Unlike in England, there is no Jamaican statutory provisionjustifying the use of deadly force to apprehend a suspect. A Jamaicanconstable would therefore have to seek to rely on the common lawprinciple of the fleeing felon.All of the rights in the Charter are subject to general exceptions.Thus, Parliament may pass laws, and the agents of the State may actin a manner that abrogates, abridges, or infringes these rights if thisis “demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”.35Where the repealed chapter had generally preserved existing lawfrom being declared unconstitutional,36the new provisions onlypreserve existing laws as to lawful punishment,37sexual offences,obscene publications, and the life of the unborn.38The newprovisions are applicable to all laws and bind the legislature39even ifthere is a two-thirds majority in Parliament.40The supremacy of the Constitution is thus secured. The right tolife is one of the fundamental rights which must be strictly construedand may prevail over other guaranteed rights.41The formulation, “demonstrably justified in a free and democraticsociety”, can also be found in the Canadian Charter of Rights andthat country’s highest court has ruled42that this means that:a) the objective must be sufficiently important to warrant overridinga protected right;b) the means to secure the objective must be reasonable andjustifiable in that they are proportionate and appropriate. They mustbe carefully designed and rationally connected to the objective.The treatment is consistent with Strasbourg jurisprudence whichprovides that in deciding whether deprivation of life is proportionateregard must be had to the nature of the aim pursued, the inherentdangers, and the degree of risk to life by the force employed.43CONFLICT BETWEEN RIGHT TO LIFE ANDFLEEING FELON PRINCIPLEThe United States Supreme Court in Tennessee v Garner (1985)471 US 1 ruled that it was disproportionate to permit the use ofdeliberate deadly force to apprehend a suspect who poses noimmediate threat to the police officer or other persons. The majorityagreed that it was “not better that all felony suspects die than theyescape”.44In reaching this decision the court ruled that the argumentsfor the common law principle were anachronistic and unsuited forthe current time of police forces with modern means of detectionand effective tools of destruction. Further the distinction betweenfelonies and misdemeanours was held to be arbitrary as somemisdemeanours concerned more violent offending thansome felonies.Consistent with this decision is Re State v Walters et ux, ex parteMinister of Safety and Security [2003] 1 LRC 493 by theConstitutional Court of South Africa. The Court considered a lawthat justified homicides of a fleeing arrestee where there was no othermeans to apprehend him against the constitutional provision that theright to life cannot be infringed unless “reasonably justifiable in anopen and democratic society”. The Court approached the matter byweighing the nature and importance of the right against theimportance and purpose of the law. Limitation of the right to life,they opined, must come from a very compelling public interest. Thepublic interest recognised was to protect society from suspects fleeingbut infringing the right for such an interest could only beconstitutional where the offence was serious and the suspect a dangerto the arrester or the society at large. They considered it a “glaringdisproportion in depriving an unarmed fleeing criminal of life merelyin order to effect an arrest there and then”.Their decision modified a law that had permitted the use of deadlyforce for a wide array of offences, some of them without violence,to be applicable only where there are reasonable grounds to suspectthat:a) the arrestee posed an imminent threat of serious bodily harm;orb) the suspect had committed a crime involving the inflicting, orthreat of inflicting, serious bodily harm.Whilst these decisions would only be persuasive to a Jamaican court13Searching for truth, striving for justiceUnlike in England, there is no Jamaicanstatutory provision justifying the use of deadlyforce to apprehend a suspect. A Jamaicanconstable would therefore have to seek to relyon the common law principle of the fleeingfelon.
  • 14Searching for truth, striving for justicethere is sufficient legal and contextual similarity to expect that theywould be seriously considered by our courts. Further the thinkingbehind them is consistent with the well-settled principles ofproportionality. In this regard the Privy Council’s opinions on themandatory death penalty are analogous. In Lambert Watson v R45the Board considered the mandatory death penalty against theConstitution’s protection of the right to life and prohibition ofinhumane treatment. They were able to do so because the lawproviding for capital punishment for some murders waspost-independence and not saved by the existing law clause. The lawwas held to be a disproportionate infringement given its arbitrariness.In doing so, the Privy Council considered the modern internationaljurisprudence.CONCLUSIONIt is the Commission’s respectful view that the Courts will hold thatthe common law principles on the use of deadly force to apprehenda fleeing felon are uncertain and incompatible with the Charter ofFundamental Rights.The weapons of modern police forces bring a significantly highrisk that life will be taken. This is a significant change from the era ofdisorganised police forces with rudimentary weaponry when thecommon law rule was hatched. That the suspected offencescategorisation as a felony or a misdemeanor should be determinativeis arbitrary and that deadly force can ever be employed on anon-violent suspect who poses no threat of physical harm to anyoneseems disproportionate.By this reasoning it is doubtful that the evidence in AstleyRicketts, if argued today, would pass the threshold for the jury toconsider whether there was justification to use deadly force. Thedeceased, in that case, was not an immediate physical threat to anyoneand there was no suspicion that he had caused serious harm toanyone.In the current state of affairs a constable would be wise to betentative in using force to effect a lawful arrest as the common lawjustification of using force to apprehend a fleeing felon now seemssubject to limitation. Yet if he fails to use deadly force when lawfuland necessary and the fleeing suspect inflicts harm on a bystander,the constable may be liable for neglecting his duty and infringing theright to life of the bystander.46This is an unfair state of affairs forthe police to work in.This important issue requires clarity to ensure that a constable, ora member of the public, once the hue and cry is raised, may be fullyaware of the limits circumscribing their use of force in arresting asuspect.The current JCF Use of Force Policy recognises the need forproportionality in the application of deadly force so it would seemthat operational activities of the force will not be affected by thechanges in the law brought by the Charter of Fundamental Rights:“The use of force by members of the JCF must accord with theprinciples of proportionality (i.e. the anticipated injury or harm to beprevented is equal to or greater than the harm which is likely to becaused by the use of force and that the objective cannot be achievedby a lesser degree of force). In no case should the use of force, whichis disproportionate to the legitimate objective to be achieved, be usedor authorised.”47The Commission therefore submits this issue for the considerationof Parliament and suggests that a statutory provision be enactedwhich will justify the use of potentially deadly force to arrest in thefollowing circumstances:a) where the arresting person has reasonable suspicion that thearrestee has committed a serious offence involving the threat orinfliction of serious bodily harm to another;b) the use of potentially deadly force was proportionate and theonly reasonably possible way to apprehend the suspect; andc) there were reasonable grounds to suspect that the arresteepresented an immediate threat of serious bodily harm to the arrestoror another person. n“not better that all felony suspects die than theyescape.”It is the Commission’s respectful view that theCourts will hold that the common law principles onthe use of deadly force to apprehend a fleeing felonare uncertain and incompatible with the Charter ofFundamental Rights.
  • COMMISSIONER OF POLICE1. The Commission humbly refers as recommendations for action(pursuant to s. 17(9) and 23 of the Independent Commission ofInvestigations Act) that the Commissioner of Police issue orderswithin sixty (60) days that:a. Mandate that officers, sub-officers, and constables of the JCFand its auxiliaries involved in, or present at an incident involving theuse of force which results in the death, injury, or sexual assault of aperson (hereinafter described as “members”) be immediately availablefor enquiries by the Commission’s investigators by remaining at thescene, a nearby police station, or at some other place communicatedto the Commission’s investigators by way of a call to theCommission’s toll-free numbers (1-888-991-5555 or 1-888-935-5550.These orders shall subsist except where:i) a person is injured and has to be rushed by a member tothe hospital;ii) the member is injured, in which event, the Commission’sinvestigators are to be immediately advised as to the placewhere the member is receiving treatment; oriii) the member is in pursuit of suspects or is engaged inurgent operational activities in which event the membersmust be available to the Commission’s investigatorsimmediately after these activities are complete.b. Prohibit members from conferring about an incident before giv-ing their accounts to the Commission and requiring that where cir-cumstances have exceptionally necessitated conferring, this be notedand fully disclosed to the Commission. This recommendation doesnot prohibit:i) Communications during the continuation of anoperation to further the legitimate aims of theoperation.ii) Reports made up the chain of command, butthe fact that such a report has not yet been madecannot excuse a member from an obligation to givean account to the Commission.c. Require members to separate or to be separated as soon as isreasonably possible after an incident until they have given theiraccount of an incident to the Commission.d. Mandate that Administrative Review panels seek the input ofthe Commission’s Director of Complaints in charge of theinvestigation as to whether a member is under suspicion of unlawfullyusing force or has failed to comply with a request made pursuant toSection 21 of the Independent Commission of Investigations Actbefore that member is returned to operational duties outside of thestation.e. Mandate that a member under suspicion of unlawfully usingforce not be given operational duties outside of the station while thematter is under investigation, or pending trial.CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF2. The Commission humbly refers as recommendations for action(pursuant to s. 17(9) and 23 of the Independent Commission ofInvestigations Act) that the Chief of Defence Staff issue orderswithin sixty (60) days that:a. Mandate that officers, warrant officers, non-commis-sioned officers and soldiers of the JDF involved in, orpresent at an incident involving the use of force whichresults in the death, injury, or sexual assault of a person(hereinafter described as “members”) be immediatelyavailable for enquiries by the Commission’s investigators byremaining at the scene, a nearby police station, a nearby JDFfacility or at some other place communicated to theCommission’s investigators by way of a call to theCommission’s toll-free numbers (1-888-991-5555 or1-888-935-5550). These orders shall subsist except where:i) a person is injured and has to be rushed by amember to the hospital;ii) the member is injured, in which event, theCommission’s investigators are to be immediatelyadvised as to the place where the member isreceiving treatment; oriii) the member is in pursuit of suspects or isengaged in urgent operational activities in whichevent the members must be available to theCommission’s investigators immediately afterthese activities are complete.b. Prohibit members from conferring about an incident beforegiving their accounts to the Commission and requiring that wherecircumstances have exceptionally necessitated conferring, this benoted and fully disclosed to the Commission. This recommendationdoes not prohibit:Recommendations15Searching for truth, striving for justiceIn these recommendations, “incident” has the same meaning given in Section 2 of the Independent Commission ofInvestigations Act.
  • 16Searching for truth, striving for justicei) Communications during the continuation of anoperation to further the legitimate aims of theoperation.ii) Reports made up the chain of command, butthe fact that such a report has not yet been madecannot excuse a member from an obligation to givean account to the Commission.c. Require members to separate or to be separated as soon as isreasonably possibly after an incident until they have given theiraccount of an incident to the Commission.d. Mandate that the advice of the Commission’s Director ofComplaints in charge of the investigation be sought as to whether amember is under suspicion of unlawfully using force or has failed tocomply with a request made pursuant to Section 21 of theIndependent Commission of Investigations Act before that memberis returned to operational duties outside of a JDF facility.e. Mandate that a member under suspicion of unlawfully usingforce not be given operational duties outside of a JDF facility whilethe matter is under investigation, or pending trial.COMMISSIONER OFCORRECTIONS3. The Commission humbly refers as a recommendation for action(pursuant to s. 17(9) and 23 of the Independent Commission ofInvestigations Act) that the Commissioner of Corrections issue orderswithin sixty (60) days that:a. Mandate that Department of Corrections personnelinvolved in, or present at an incident involving the use offorce which results in the death, injury, or sexual assault ofa person (hereinafter described as “members”) beimmediately available for enquiries by the Commission’sinvestigators by remaining at the scene, a nearby policestation, a nearby Department of Corrections facility or atsome other place communicated to the Commission’sinvestigators by way of a call to the Commission’s toll-freenumbers (1-888-991-5555 or 1-888-935-5550). These ordersshall subsist except where:i) a person is injured and has to be rushed by amember to the hospital;ii) the member is injured, in which event, theCommission’s investigators are to be immediatelyadvised as to the place where the member isreceiving treatment; oriii) the member is engaged in urgent operationalactivities in which event the member must beavailable to the Commission’s investigatorsimmediately after these activities are complete.b. Prohibit members from conferring about an incident beforegiving their accounts to the Commission and requiring that wherecircumstances have exceptionally necessitated conferring, this benoted and fully disclosed to the Commission. This recommendationdoes not prohibit:i) Communications during the continuation of anoperation to further the legitimate aims of theoperation.ii) Reports made up the chain of command, butthe fact that such a report has not yet been madecannot excuse a member from an obligation to givean account to the Commission.c. Require members to separate or to be separated as soon as isreasonably possible after an incident until they have given theiraccount of an incident to the Commission.d. Mandate that the advice of the Commission’s Director ofComplaints in charge of the investigation be sought as to whether amember is under suspicion of unlawfully using force or has failed tocomply with a request made pursuant to Section 21 of theIndependent Commission of Investigations Act before that memberis returned to operational duties at the institution where the incidentoccurred.e. Mandate that a member under suspicion of unlawfully usingforce not be given operational duties at the institution where theincident occurred, while the matter is under investigation, or pendingtrial.LAW REFORM4. As it relates to the law on the use of force in effecting an arrestthe Commission humbly recommends to the Honourable Minister ofJustice that Parliament consider such steps as are necessary andappropriate which will restrict the use of deadly force in this regardto circumstances where:a. the arresting officer has reasonable suspicion that the arresteehas committed a serious offence which involves the threat or inflictionof serious bodily harm to another;b. the use of force was proportionate and the only reasonablepossible way to apprehend a fleeing suspect; andc. there were reasonable grounds to suspect that the arresteepresented an immediate threat of serious bodily harm to the arrestoror another.n
  • Reference Notes1. Paragraphs 35-35 and 141-1432. Principle 223. Page 484. Demanding Accountability, 7.5. R (on the application of Tucker) v.IPCC [2008] EWHC2372 (Admin)paragraphs 38 and 39.6. 3rd Edition 2011.7. Cetin v. Turkey [2009] ECHR 19180/03at paragraph 41.8. 2 M. Hale, Historia Placitorum Cornae85 (1736)9. Russell on Crime 12th Edition. Vol. 1Pg. 444 and footnote 24 referencing 1Hale 481, 4 BI. Comm and Fost 271.10. R v. Astley Ricketts (1987) 24 JLR 411.11. Smith and Hogan, Criminal Law FirstEdition Page 23112. Shaaban Bin Hussein v Chong FookKam [1970] AC 94213. O’Hara v. Chief Constable of theUlster Constabulary [1997] AC 286 andAG v. Danhai Williams 51 WIR 26414. (1850) 14 JP 754.15. Parker v. Chief Constable ofHampshire [1990 ALLER 676 (D)16. Christie v. Leachinsky [1947] AC 57317. Taylor v. Chief Constable of ThameValley Police [2004] 3 ALLER 50318. Abassy v. Commissioner of Police ofthe Metropolis [1990] 1 ALLER 19319. (1990) 27 JLR 45320. Section 14 (3), Judicature (AppellateJurisdiction) Act which provides that aconviction can stand despite an errorwhere it is clear that there is no substantialmiscarriage of justice.21. (1995) 1 AC 48222. In a trial without jury23. 1981) 18 JLR 12024. As he then was25. Joseph Andrews v. AG (1981) 18 JLR43426. Page 12827. First Edition, page 23128. Lord Blackburn and, Stephen, Lush,and Barry JJ.29. Page 23130. Glenroy Mc Dermott delievered 14thMarch 200831. [1998] AC 13032. [1971] AC 81433. SCCS 38/2006 delivered March 14,2008.34. 13 (3)35. 13 (2)36. Former s26(8)37. 13 (7)38. 13 (12)39. 13 (4)40. Charter of Rights Act s. 3 repeals s.50of the Constitution41. X v Federal Republic of Germany(1971) 39 CD 9942. Oakes (1986) 1 SCR 103 and R v.Edwards Books and Art (1986) 2 SCR 71343. Halsbury’s Laws of England Vol. 8 (2)paragraph 12344. Page 4445. [2004] UKPC 34 following Reyes v. R[2002] UKPC 1146. Van Colle v. Chief ConstableHertfordshire [2007] EWCA Civ 32547. JCF Use of Force Policy, paragraph 14Searching for truth, striving for justice17
  • PART TWO:DEATH OF THE MENTALLY ILLWHEN INCONFRONTATIONWITH SECURITY FORCESSearching for truth, striving for justice
  • 19Searching for truth, striving for justiceChapter 4: Death of the mentally ill when inconfrontation with members of the security forcesIn 2011, six (6) persons were killed by thepolice who were believed to be mentallyill. In none of these cases did the policeemploy any special measures to handlematters of this type.For the purpose of this report, theinvestigative team went back to 2005 whereseven (7) other deaths occurred andexamined the period of 2005-2012.SITUATION IN SOUTHBORO, ST.CATHERINEIn 2011, for example, the police respondedto a situation in Southboro, St. Catherine,involving a man and his wife. The man wasdiagnosed as mentally ill.It was explained to the police that the manwas mentally ill, however, he was shot bypolice after they arrived to give assistance tohis wife.It was cases such as this one that promptedthe Commission to launch a specialinvestigation into deaths of the mentally illwho came in confrontation with the police.It must be clearly stated that not all thementally ill persons who came intoconfrontation with the police were killed.Others were shot and injured. This will beborne out in the various case studies.1. To determine the circumstancessurrounding individually reported cases ofdeath of mentally challenged personsresulting from confrontations with the police;2. Determine whether or not there arereasons to suspect that any person iscriminally culpable for the death;3. To determine whether or not there wereindividual or systemic breaches of the rightto life;4. To make recommendations for futureactions to include non-lethal weapons thatcan be used by the police.Background of Investigation and Terms of ReferenceTERMS OF REFERENCEMENTALLY ILL - DMBackgroundDM lived with his mother and three siblings.He is a high school dropout who engages infarming as a source of income. The family ispoor, and there is no father present in thehousehold. DM was injured while in thecustody of the police in January 2012. He wastaken into custody under the Mental HealthAct after he allegedly killed an animal anddrank its blood.According to family members, DM had beenusing marijuana from as early as the age ofthirteen. They feel that the smoking triggeredhis mental illness.He was admitted to the Port AntonioHospital on two separate occasions, in 2011and 2012, where he was diagnosed as suffer-ing from schizophrenia.Community Mental Health ServicesAfter his discharge from hospital he wasreferred to a health centre in a nearbycommunity for treatment on a monthly basis.WITNESS ACCOUNTAfter DM was taken into custody, especiallyin the nights, he made strange canine sounds,to the extent that other inmates were afraid.At times he shouted out that he wanted bloodof various animals to drink. Two days afterbeing in custody the prisoners were allowedto refresh themselves. When he was told toreturn to his cell, he and the Cell Guard gotinto a tussle and eventually several officersfrom different areas had to come and assist.During the tussle, DM hit his head against awall causing it to bleed. When this happened,he licked the blood that was running down hisface and off the grill and he became calmthereafter. The police handcuffed him andwhen asked what he wanted he again askedfor more blood to drink. The police told himthey were going to take him to the doctor andshortly after they left with him.After being admitted on the ward DMabsconded and returned home. Attempts hadto be made again to get him back to thehospital.INVESTIGATOR’S FINDINGS:1. The police acted in accordance withJamaica Constabulary Force Orders datedOctober 21, 2004, Serial No. 2994 which wasre-published in the February 16, 2012 ForceOrders, Serial No. 3374 (See Legal Framework- Jamaica).2. Arrangements were made for him to beseen by a psychiatrist at the earliest possibletime and he was taken to hospital wheninjured.3. The police provided social support andtook the necessary action to ensure thesecurity and safety of all parties involved.Case Studies and Findings
  • 20Searching for truth, striving for justiceMENTALLY ILL - DCBackground informationDC, who is from the parish of St. Ann,experienced episodes of illness, but as long ashe took his medication he was okay. Based oninformation received, he was usually armedwith one or more knives or machetes. DC livedabroad for a while and upon his return hebegan acting strangely.DC was previously admitted in the St. Ann’sBay Hospital for treatment prior to the incidentat which time his mental condition wasdiagnosed.He had been a patient of the St. Ann’s BayPsychiatric Department for approximatelyseven (7) years and was receiving treatment ata community hospital once per month.WITNESS ACCOUNTOn May 18, 2011, DC was reportedly ill anda mental health team consisting of a psychiatricnurse and psychiatric aides went out toapprehend him for treatment. The police wascalled to render assistance as DC was allegedlyarmed with two machetes.During the confrontation, DC reportedlyattacked the police with the machetes; heattempted to chop one of the policemen whofired warning shots in the air to scare him off.When this happened, DC ran away from thepolice and towards a resident and beganchopping at his neck; however, this person waswounded on the shoulder. The residentmanaged to push off DC and took coverbehind the service vehicle.The police began firing and he noticed thatDC had gotten shot in his leg. The police thendisarmed DC and handcuffed him, placed himin the police service vehicle and drove away inthe direction of possibly a health facility.THE SECURITY FORCE’SACCOUNTThe police received a call from personnel atthe St. Ann’s Bay Psychiatric Department toassist in apprehending a mentally ill man whohad become violent. A team consisting ofabout four (4) police officers met with six (6)psychiatric aides and one (1) mental healthnurse and the most senior police officer (anInspector) briefed them. They left in search ofthe man and when he was spotted he wasapproached and asked to drop his weapon. DCrefused to comply and instead put his hands inthe air and told the police to shoot him. Hethen took off chopping at two cars to includethe service vehicle.Thereafter he attacked the Inspector who hadbeen telling him to drop his weapons DC wasshot as a result. He took off again this timechopping a citizen who was in the crowd ofon-lookers. He was again shot by the seniorofficer, disarmed and then rushed to the St.Ann’s Bay Hospital where he was admitted fortreatment.The Inspector who was also injured wastreated and released. DC was later charged withtwo (2) counts of Unlawful Wounding and two(2) counts of Possession of an OffensiveWeapon. The matter went before the courtsand DC was freed of the charges based on hismental status.INVESTIGATOR’S FINDINGS:1. The police acted in accordance withJamaica Constabulary Force Orders datedOctober 21, 2004, Serial No. 2994 which wasre-published in the February 16, 2012 ForceOrders, Serial No. 3374 (See Legal Framework- Jamaica).2. He was quickly taken for treatment at amedical facility.3. The police used the necessary force to getthe situation under control.4. The police took the necessary action toensure the security and safety of all parties.DC TodayToday, DC has improved with treatment on amonthly basis at a community-based clinic
  • 21Searching for truth, striving for justiceMENTALLY ILL - LWBackgroundLW was from the parish of St. Catherine,married and lived with his wife andstep-daughter. He was self-employed andsuffered from a mental illness, a condition thatnot many persons who interacted with himwere aware of up until the time of his death.LW had been suffering from mental illnessfor a while. According to family members, LWhad been using marijuana and had stoppedtaking his medication whenever he felt better.He was admitted at Bellevue Hospital forsome time where he received treatment andwas diagnosed as having cannabis-inducedschizophrenia.After his discharge from Bellevue he wasreferred to a health centre in a neighbouringcommunity for treatment. He was not alwayscompliant with appointments at the healthfacilities or with taking his medication.WITNESS ACCOUNTLW was throwing out items from his housewhen his family and friends pleaded with himto stop. They knew that he was not well and sothey tried to convince him to allow them totake him to hospital. LW insisted that he was‘cleaning’ the house and would not allow any-one to take him to hospital. The police wascalled by his wife who told them of his mentalillness and asked for help in taking him to thehospital.The wife warned the Corporal and aConstable who had responded of LW’s mentalillness and the help that was required. Whenthey arrived, LW was still cleaning the housewith a knife in hand. The policemen enteredthe house and LW was immediately instructedto drop the knife; he refused saying he was notinterfering with anyone. Shortly after,explosions were heard.One of the policemen was seen walkingbackwards towards the front door, still firingat LW, but he fell at the threshold of the frontdoor.He continued firing at LW who walked pasthim, went through the front gate, saidsomething and fell to the ground shortly after.LW was assisted by his wife and citizens whorushed him to the Spanish Town Hospitalwhere he succumbed to his injuries thefollowing day.THE SECURITY FORCE’SACCOUNTOn the day in question they were on patrolduty in the area when they responded to a 119request concerning a dispute at the residence.Upon arrival a man not known to them wasseen, saying he was cleansing the house ofspirits. LW had a knife in his hand and was toldrepeatedly to put down the knife. LW thenturned and advanced towards the police withthe knife in his hand now raised. Thepoliceman took out the pepper spray and usedit on LW who used a door mat to block thepepper spray.The officer then used his extendable batonand attempted to strike him, but LW againblocked it off with the mat. The baton fellfrom his hand and he used the pepper sprayagain on LW, some of which caught him in theeye. The policeman began walking backwardsout of the house and LW stabbed at himsaying, “Mi mus kill one a oonu today”. LWcontinued advancing with the knife and so thepoliceman pulled his firearm fired a few shotswhile doing so. The policeman stated that hethen tripped and landed on his back. LWcontinued coming at him with the knife in hishand and was stabbing at him. LW fell on topof him and he used his hand to prevent LWfrom injuring him or killing him. He said hethen fired a few more rounds and LW fell ontop of him and the knife then fell from hishands. He said LW then got up and walkedaway saying, “man a lion oonu nuh see oonucaan kill me”. LW walked away and then fell.INVESTIGATOR’S FINDINGS:In the case of LW, the police knew ahead oftime that he was mentally ill. This wascommunicated to them by members of thecommunity and the wife of the now deceased.When he was shot by the police, on the witnessaccount he posed no threat, at that time, tocitizens.The police did not allow for time to assist inresolving the situation. The police’s expectationof LW, a mentally ill person, was unrealistic, inthat they expected to give an order and havehim comply immediately.Based on information received during theinvestigation. LW was known to the policeprior to this date as he sells in close proximityto the police station. Furthermore, severalcitizens speak to the fact that upon arrival, thepolice greeted Mr. Wray by name.The police based on their training have beentaught to:“Take your time. Don’t rush anything. Unlessthe person is acting in a manner which isendangering himself or herself or someoneelse, try to learn something about the personbefore deciding what to do. The more calmlyyou act, the more calmly the other person willact.”“Don’t try to order them around. It will notwork.Do not restrain the person unless it isabsolutely necessary. The restraint will causethe person to become even more upset.”For the person who is diagnosed as schizo-phrenic the training manual suggests that thisperson should be “treated in an unhurried,calm, non-authoritative manner, contact can bemade and the person will comply (even thoughthe person may not outwardly respond)”.Moreover the training manual states absolutelyclear:“DO NOT BECOME ANGRY ORIMPATIENT WHEN THEY SEEM TO BEIGNORING YOU, THEY ARELISTENING”
  • 22Searching for truth, striving for justiceJamaica’s recognition of the right to lifedemands that the agents of the State mustnot unjustifiably take a life and must takeappropriate steps to safeguard life (Constitutions. 13). To safeguard life and property, membersof the JCF are duty bound to intervene topreserve the peace, detect crime and apprehendsuspects (Constabulary Force Act s. 13). Aconstable may take custody of a person whoseems to be mentally disordered “wandering atlarge”, whether or not that person has committedan offence or threatened to breach the peace(Mental Health Act s. 15).COMPULSORY ADMISSIONSection 6 of the Mental Health Act, 1999,states:(1) Subject to the following provisions of thissection and section 7, a patient may be admittedto and detained in a psychiatric facility pursuantto an application for admission made on thegrounds that the patient:(a) is suffering from mental disorder of a natureof degree which warrants his detention in apsychiatric facility for observation or treatment,or both; and(b) ought to be so detained in the interest of hisown health and safety or of the protection ofother persons.Section 8 (1) In any case of urgent necessity, anemergency application for the admission of apatient may be made by a relative of the patient,a prescribed person or constable and suchapplication:(a) shall contain a statement that it is of urgentnecessity for the patient to be admitted anddetained under section 6 and that compliancewith the provisions of this Part relating toapplications for admission for observation andtreatment would involve undesirable delay; and(b) shall be accompanied by a medical certificateas mentioned in subsection (2).POWERS OF A CONSTABLE15 (2) where an offence is committed by aperson who appears to a constable on reasonablegrounds to be mentally disordered, the constable(a) may charge that person for the offence andbring him before a Resident Magistrate at theearliest opportunity, being not more than aperiod of five days after the date on which theoffence is committed; and(b) may, where it is necessary, to detain the per-son until he is brought before the Resident Mag-istrate, detain him in a lock-up, remand centre ora place suitable for the detention of mentally dis-ordered persons; and(c) shall, where the person is charged underparagraph (a) or detained under paragraph (b),make a report in writing to a prescribed personwithin twenty-four hours of such charge ordetention.Dealing with someone of impaired reason maypresent a challenge to the constable seeking toapprehend him. The mentally disordered personmay be a danger to himself, the constable andpersons nearby. Conventional methods of pacificsettlement may be unsuitable. It is foreseeablethat the use or threat of force, in theconventional manner may quickly escalate theincident towards a fatal outcome. Despite theseparticular difficulties it must be remembered thatthe mentally disordered person is deserving ofall of the protections that flow from the right tolife.The ordinary legal principles of justification willapply where a mentally disordered person isdeliberately killed by a constable purporting to beoperating on the honest belief that this wasreasonably necessary to preserve the life of theconstable or another person. Even in cases wherethe killing may be justified by this measure theentire circumstances must be scrutinised.The State must appreciate that mentally illpersons are particularly vulnerable and may causeinjury to others and themselves. Safeguarding lifeextends to protecting vulnerable persons fromtheir own self-destructive conduct by takingoperational measures to reduce the risk of death(R(L a patient) v Secretary of State forJustice [2009] AC 588).Where a constable kills someone of unsoundmind it is important to consider whether theofficer so mismanaged the situation that hesignificantly contributed to the circumstancesthat led to the loss of life. In such circumstancesliability for manslaughter or the tort ofnegligence must be entertained. Since the Houseof Lords decision in Adomako [1995] 1 AC 171there has been greater congruence between thetort of negligence and the crime of manslaughtercommitted by gross negligence. In both the courtwill consider whether the constable owed a dutyof care to the person of unsound mind, whetherhe failed in the performance of that duty, andwhether such failure caused the death. Formanslaughter, however, the degree of negligencemust be gross such that a reasonable personwould have perceived a real and obvious risk ofdeath.A police officer is not immune from liability foran operational decision taken, as opposed to aninvestigative one, as such susceptibility does notcompromise the public interest that he performhis duties to suppress and investigate crime(Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Police v.Van Colle [2008] UKHL 50). The physical ac-tion of apprehending a suspect is an operational,as opposed to investigative action (Crowley vCommonwealth of Australia, [2011] ACTSC89 (27 May 2011)).When a policeman intervenes in a situationinvolving a mentally ill person, he must take carenot to make it worse. Once a police officer takescontrol - or attempts to take control - of asituation by exercising his authority, he owes aduty of care to anyone caught up in that exerciseof authority, including the person whose actionsmight have caused the officer’s intervention inthe first place (R (on the application of Cash)v. County of Northamptonshire Coroner[2007] 4 AllER 903, Crowley v Common-wealth of Australia, [2011] ACTSC 89 (27May 2011).In Zalewski v Turcarlo [1995] 2 VR 562, thecourt found liability for negligence where policeofficers responding to a report that a mentallydisturbed a young man was armed with a gun,shot and injured the young man. The court foundthat the policemen acted “impetuously, withoutdue inquiry and reflection and in disregard of po-lice instructions” and provoked a situation whichthey knew concerned a person suffering from apsychiatric condition.In such an action the defence of volenti nonfit injuria (i.e. that the victim consented to the riskof injury) would not avail where the deceasedhad been labouring under such psychologicalimpediments that his actions were not trulyvoluntary (Kirkham v Chief Constable ofGreater Manchester Constabulary [1990] 3AllER 246).IN SUMMARY:1. The police must train and instruct theirmembership on using force against mentallydisturbed persons.2. A police officer who kills a mentally disturbedperson may be liable for murder, if unjustified,or for manslaughter where the police operationwas mishandled.3. A police officer in the above circumstancesmay also be liable in the tort of negligence.nChapter 5: Legal Framework - Local LawThe State has an obligation to giveappropriate training, instructions andbriefing to its agents who may use force(Mc Cann, Savage and Farrell v UK 21EHRR 97). Article 2 of the UnitedNations Basic Principles on the Use ofForce and Forearms by LawEnforcement Officials requires thatgovernments and law enforcementagencies develop various means “asbroad as possible” and equip theappropriate officials with various types ofweapons and ammunition that wouldallow for a “differentiated use of force”.
  • 23Searching for truth, striving for justiceChapter 6: De-Institutionalisation of the mentally illSituation Analysis - JamaicaMental health professionals are of theview that individuals who sufferfrom a mental illness would bebetter served if they are cared forat the community level with the requisite resources,than being kept in the various institutions (mentalor correctional).According to Dr. Wendel Abel, consultantpsychiatrist at the University of the West Indies,the mental health service records indicate that 16%of individuals seen in outpatients’ clinic arereferred from the Criminal Justice System (Abel,2009; Sewell, CA, Martin, JS, & Abel, WD, 2010).In Jamaica, in the earlier days, persons who wereconsidered “criminal lunatics” and found to beinsane at the time they committed the incidentwere housed at the Bellevue Hospital. Patientswith capital offences were detained indefinitely inthe maximum security forensic ward of BellevueHospital, (Sewell, CA, Martin, JS, & Abel, WD,2010).With the process of de-institutionalisation,however, much of the hospital’s populationmigrated from Bellevue and other communitiesinto the criminal justice system.FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC SERVICESIn Jamaica forensic psychiatric services areoffered and these services include the provisionsfor the persons who are remanded in custody,admitted in hospital and those who would beconsidered high risk and must be treated on aconsistent basis. The latter may include thosepersons in a community who are known as “mad”persons and who, when they have an episode,behave boisterously and violently. The extent ofthe forensic psychiatric services that existspresently, however, appear to be concentrated inthe Kingston & St. Andrew region of the island.To that end, Dr Abel is of the view that givenwhat currently obtains in Jamaica, an integratedmodel of community forensic mental health isprobably the most efficient approach to managingthe mentally ill accused person. In the integratedmodel, he said, the community forensic mentalhealth staff will accept referrals from other mentalhealth services, as well as criminal justice services(Sewell, CA, Martin, JS, & Abel, WD, 2010).SCALING DOWN OF SERVICESOFFERED AT THE BELLEVUEHOSPITALIn the 1960s the Bellevue Hospital administration3100785Figure 1 shows that the population has reduced at Bellevue Hospital from seven hundred and eighty-five (785) to six hundred andtwenty-one (621) between 2003 and 2010. (Source: Ministry of Health)
  • 24Searching for truth, striving for justicebegan scaling down some of the services offeredand as a consequence more and more patientshave been recommended to community healthcentres. The general belief is that when personswho are mentally ill are discharged to their familiesand are surrounded by people with whom they arefamiliar, this aids significantly in the recoveryprocess.According to the relative of one of the men whocame into confrontation with the police, afterbeing admitted in Bellevue for a couple months,he was transferred to a home where he stayed forabout 2 years. He was getting medical supervisionand he would be taken to clinic for his treatment,and he would be enclosed because he seemed tohave a craving for marijuana. “At the end of thetwo-year period, since I would normally visit himat the home, I felt that there were too many ‘madpeople’ around him and so he would only regress.And so I felt that I needed to get him out and gethim around ‘normal’ persons who could pull himup.”RELEASING THE MENTALLY ILLTO COMMUNITY HEALTH CAREWhile some persons have endorsed the releaseof their family members into their care, there areothers who have been disheartened by theprospect of having to take their loved ones homewith them because of lack of understanding insome cases and also because they felt it’s just toomuch for them to handle.Interviewees expressed that they were not trainedto take care of a mentally ill person, while othersmentioned that they were content with theirrelatives remaining in a mental health institutioneven when they are well enough to leave becausethey don’t have suitable accommodation for them.An interviewee was quoted as saying: “I did notwant [him] to come home out of Bellevue, eventhough he was well enough to leave, because I didnot have anywhere suitable for him. And thru isghetto mi neva too want him fi come back there.The day he left Bellevue, I cried. Mi not even signno paper. I was upset and crying….When we gothome, [he] was saying that I am a wicked womanbecause mi want him fi stay a Bellevue, mi nevawant him fi come home.”Many persons believe that Bellevue has thecapacity, in more ways than one, to keep theirrelatives from relapsing. It is generally understoodthat keeping an individual institutionalised who iswell enough to be discharged is not beneficial tothem. While mental health professionals areadvocating for persons to be released into the careof their families with follow-up treatment, thesocial support system has to be taken intoconsideration and must be strengthened tosupport such a decision.The social support system extends far beyondcommunity health care. With the pace at which theworld moves it is difficult for any one person totake care of a sick person. This is not only costly,but requires time, patience – for supervision – aswell as financial stability and commitment.THE TRANS-MIGRATION OF THEMENTALLY ILL TO THECORRECTIONAL SERVICESIn many of the cases reviewed, the mentally illperson did not have much social support, and asin the case highlighted previously, they oftentimesend up in the criminal justice system and some ofthem even die while in custody e.g. jails andsubsequently remand centres.Some of these persons are eventually migratedto the Correctional Services because they were notadequately monitored, they end up discontinuingtheir treatment plans, they relapse and are turnedout of their homes, or because during a fit ofaggression, they engage in criminal acts. Thus, it isclear that while there is a move to decentralise theinstitutionalisation of the mentally ill, carefulthought has to be given to their welfare afterrelease.Dr. Frederick Hickling, Professor of Psychiatryand Head, Section of Psychiatry, University of theWest Indies (Mona) stated that there is a methodcalled the DAPA system (diverted at the point ofarrest) that can be used to assist, the securityforces, in dealing with the mentally ill who aretaken into custody. “…People who commit minorcrimes, instead of being [locked] up and put in theprisons, they get treated by the primary carefacilities and within a couple of days, weeks, theyare well again and back in the society. This meansa lot of these people don’t end up in prison”.DE-INSTITUTIONALISATION OFTHE MENTALLY ILLThe Strategic Mental Health Plan 2009-2014prepared by Dr. Abel, the mentally ill individualslocated in the criminal justice system include:1. Individuals in police custody and in lock-upswho are awaiting trial2. Individuals who have been remanded incustody in prisons and sent back to the local lockup pending trial3. Individuals before the court for whompsychiatric evaluation is requested.nJCF POLICIES AND RESOURCESAccording to a report published in theJamaica Observer, dated Sunday, March 27,2011, entitled, “Deaths of mentally illassailants unfortunate” - JCF Chaplain -We’resorry, Assistant Commissioner of Police(ACP) Gary Welsh was quoted as saying:“the incidents were not to be interpreted to mean thepolice were not equipped to effectively restrain mentallyill persons. He noted that, to the contrary, eachmember of the JCF receives basic and in-servicetraining to that effect.“He stressed, however, that where the safety of thepoliceman is in jeopardy, steps will be taken to‘neutralise’ the threat. Officer safety is paramount forus.“We are trained to restrain mentally challengedpersons, but we will neutralise any threat using theforce necessary.”ACP Welsh was speaking to incidents wheretwo persons believed to be of unsound mindwere killed by the police.According to the Jamaica ConstabularyForce Orders dated October 21, 2004, (SerialNo. 2994) which was republished in the Feb-ruary 16, 2012 Force Orders, (Serial No.3374):1. When the police has been contacted, anda person is reported to be behaving in a waythat might suggest that they are mentally ill,the police should respond promptly, andspecial containment equipment eg. (handcuff)should be used to prevent the needfor lethal or inappropriate force.2. The individual should be taken immedi-ately to the nearest designated medical facilityfor proper medical/psychiatric evaluation.Chapter 34 of the Jamaica ConstabularyForce Standing Orders entitled PrisonerTransport – Policy and Procedure in SectionV (A)states:Security Forces’ Reality
  • Every member of the Force may, inself- defence against an attack on himself bya prisoner, use necessary and reasonable forceto restrain such prisoner as per Force Orders#2248 on “The Use of Force.” In the eventthat the prisoner is injured, thatmembers shall be responsible to ensurethat he is provided with medicalattention as early as is practicable.Chapter 34 of the Jamaica ConstabularyForce Standing Orders entitled PrisonerTransport – Policy and Procedure states inSection V (F):It is imperative that special care andattention is exercised by the escort partywhen physically and mentally handicappedprisoners are being transported.The chapter goes on to state in Section VII(K) that mentally disturbed prisonersgenerally pose a significant threat tothemselves and to anyone with whom theycome in contact. Therefore, it is essential thatadequate restraining devices are used tocontrol these individuals when they are beingtransported. The device chosen shall becapable of restraining the prisoner securelywithout causing any injury and shall notpreclude the use of handcuffs whennecessary.According to the extract taken from theJamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) TrainingManual entitled Handling Abnormal People“a constable has many contact with mentallydisturbed persons due to the nature of theprofession”.OVERVIEWThe police assistance is normally requestedbased on the fact that behaviour of amentally ill person may discourage others,including family members to approach them.As a result of these and other factors, the JCFneeds to ensure that its members are awareof the appropriate handling procedureswhich could be utilised in dealing with thementally ill.The constables were informed, that as ageneral rule “to be considered mentally dis-turbed, a person must be acting or behavingin a manner that is inappropriate for his orher position or background”.The constables were reminded that theyhave “many responsibilities when dealingwith the mentally disturbed” however, theirprimary responsibilities are always to protectthe public, protect themselves, protectproperty and protect the person (fromhim/herself or others).For the Constables to better able to dealwith the mentally ill, the JCF found itnecessary for them to become familiar with anumber of psychological terms such as whatis abnormal, agitation, anxiety, compulsion,delirium, delusion, depression, emotions,functional, hallucination, hypersensitive,irritable, mania (manic), neurosis, normality,obsession, organic, paranoia, psychosis,reality, toxin (toxic) et al. They were alsointroduced to the behaviour and how to dealwith the mentally retarded, deaf people,suicidal persons and crisis behaviour.DEALING WITH THEMENTALLY ILLThe JCF believes that dealing with thementally ill can be quite difficult for theconstables however; if they have a basicunderstanding of the mentally ill, then theywould be able to care for them in a safe andconsiderate way.In improving the constables’ understanding,some general suggestions were given asextracted from the JCF training manual.The constables were informed that“generally speaking, a mentally ill person isprobably less dangerous than a normalperson”, however there are exceptions,therefore the constables where introduced tothe different types of mental illness and howto deal with them.In the JCF training manuals, guidelines weregiven to the constables regarding how tobetter deal with the mentally ill. A few arelisted below;n The constables should understand thatoften the mentally ill person does not heartheir command and so does not react tothem. Occasionally the mentally ill’s reactiontime is so slow it appears that they did nothear.n The mentally ill should be treated in anunhurried, calm, non-authoritative manner,contact can be made and the person willcomply (even though the person may notoutwardly respond).n The constable should not become angryor impatient when the mentally disturbedseem to be ignoring them, as they arelistening.n Depending on the type illness, theconstable may have to remove their weaponand hat slowly and speak with the mentallydisturbed.n The constable should speak in a low, calmtone and explain every detail of theirintentions to the person. It will often taketwenty (20) to thirty (30) minutes.n The constable should have adequateassistance (at least five (5) constables) nearbut not in the room or beside them.n The constable should note thatoccasionally, the mentally ill person will hearvoices telling them to attack or kill and theywill do so, and under careful questioning theywill readily admit to such crime.n The constable, when dealing with asuicidal person, should take their time and donot give orders or use their authority to makethe person stop. (If possible they should tryto remove the means of the personcommitting suicide and try to get them totalk).nTHE CONSTABLE SHOULD:Take their time. They should not rush. Unlessthe person is acting in manner which isendangering himself, herself or someone else,they should try to learn something about thementally ill person before deciding what to do;as the calmer the constable acts, the more calmthe person will be.n The constable should get muchinformation as possible about the person.n They should avoid abuse or threats(this cannot be overemphasised) and don’torder them around, it will not work.n They should be as honest as possibleto the person.n They should remain objective. Asconstables they will be a target for verbal abuse.They should not become upset or angry at suchabuse as it is not personal. This is attributableto the person’s illness and they cannot controlit.n They should not restrain the person unlessit is absolutely necessary, as that will cause theperson to become even more upset.n Should it become necessary to place amentally disturbed person in a cell, theconstables should remember that theregulations state that, mentally disturbedpersons must not be placed in a cell with otherpeople. (it is better to take them directly to thehospital)n If the mentally disturbed person must beplaced in a cell, he or she should be checked ona frequent basis.25Searching for truth, striving for justice
  • 26Searching for truth, striving for justice4404443998450984873254309561751855920236215262380926275274407649682566277046762492057955990495879632109851082098817033735882459425871001000020000300004000050000600002005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010NumberYearAll RegionsSouth EastNorth EastNorth WestSouth WestFigure 1.1: Patients seen in outpatient clinics by region 2005-2010Figure 1.1shows that there has been a steady increase in the number of patients seen in outpatient facilities across the island between 2005and 2010. In 2005 the numbers stood at forty-four thousand and forty-four (44,044) and increased to fifty-six thousand one hundred andseventy-five (56,175) in 2010. (Source: Ministry of Health)Statistics
  • 27Searching for truth, striving for justiceThe World Health Organisation’s(WHO) Mental HealthLegislation & Human Rights(2003) states:“People with mental disorders may, on rareoccasions, pose a risk to themselves or othersbecause of behavioural disturbances andimpairments in their decision-makingcapacities. This has consequences for peoplewho come in contact with them includingfamily members, neighbours, work colleaguesand society at large” (WHO 2003, p. 9).In summary, the WHO recommend thatcountries with mental health legislationshould, among other things:1. Map the mental health laws and setpriorities for the components whichurgently need implementation.2. Conduct interviews with key informantsand/or focus groups, mental healthprofessionals and other stakeholders.3. Conduct public education andawareness campaign.In an article entitled ‘Training Police to HandleMental Illness Cases’, a police officer who hadinteraction with mental health experts andfamilies informed that most situations couldbe defused if police officers were trained toapproach mentally ill people differently fromcommon criminals – slowly, calmly andrecognising that the person may not be seeingthe situation clearly (Silberner, 2009).On other occasions, he admitted that policeofficers usually have little choice but to takepeople in need of immediate help to countyjail. The Bazelon Center for Mental HealthLaw, a national legal-advocacy organisationrepresenting people with mental disabilitiesin the USA, is of the view that “what’s reallyneeded are community services where peoplewith mental illness can get treatment andsupport, so that crises can be avoided in thefirst place” (Silberner, 2009).LESS-LETHAL ALTERNATIVESThe cases reviewed in this investigationshowed situations where the police wereallegedly confronted by persons who, whenenraged, attacked with machetes, knives andother dangerous and offensive weapons.According to police personnel interviewed,the only way to protect themselves and theircolleagues was to discharge their firearms.This, more often than not, results in the deathof the mentally ill person.According to recommendations made byresearchers and mental health professionals,the taser gun or stun gun is the mostappropriate weapon to be used when dealingwith the mentally ill.The taser is a self-defence weapon and is agood alternative to a firearm. It delivers anelectrical charge to incapacitate a person. Thetaser uses compressed nitrogen gas to firetwo darts, which penetrate the skin of thetarget. The darts have trailing electrical wiresthat remain attached to the gun and deliversan electrical charge through the wires. A taserdelivers a continuously pulsing charge thatkeeps the target incapacitated as long as thetrigger is pressed.With the taser a constable has the option ofstaying a distance away in order to restrain theindividual. The possibility of causing injuryor death is greatly minimised when in use asopposed to a firearm, where more than oneperson can be injured and/or killed with thedischarge of a single bullet.The use of the taser, thus, presents thepossibility for saving the lives of persons whoare mentally ill.If this becomes an alternate weapon to beused by the security forces, it is recommendedthat a clear user policy be developed andimplemented to ensure that it is usedappropriately.The taser policy should include the trainingof members of the security forces in its useand the period for re-qualification, on whomthe device should be used, the emotionalaspect when the device is used on persons,where and when these devices can be utilised,the justifications for its use, and the legalframework behind its use.LESS LETHAL PROJECTILEWEAPONSThese types of weapons include ballisticbags and rubber or wood bullets, 12 gaugebeanbag rounds or flexible batons. These aregenerally fired from a standard 12 gauge 13shotgun, a 37mm gas gun, or a 40mmgrenade launcher. The taser also falls underthis category.BEAN BAG ROUNDSThe beanbag round is also known as aChapter 7: Best practice when dealing with thementally illOther jurisdictions and the use of non-lethal weaponsBing Images
  • 28Searching for truth, striving for justiceflexible baton. It is typically fired from ashotgun and is used by civil and militaryforces, mainly in the United States ofAmerica.The round comprises a strong nylon fabricbag filled with approximately 40 grams oflead shot which is then fitted within astandard 12-gauge shotgun shell. When fired,the round spreads out in flight and distributesits impact over about 6 centimetres of the tar-get. It is inaccurate over about 6 metres andhas a maximum range of about 20 metres,and is unsafe to use below 3 metres. The blowthat it delivers will cause minimum long-termtrauma and no penetration but briefly renderthe target prone and immobile. This isprimarily used by police for riot control.THE BATON ROUNDAccording to a publication by NorthernIreland Human Rights Commission, (March2003), “The baton round is a projectile, firedfrom a weapon, which is intended to strikethe target with sufficient force to causecompliance through the application of pain.More specifically the baton round is a non-flexible impact projectile (also called a kineticenergy round), launched from a grenadelauncher. Because it is rigid and does not de-form on impact it will transfer most of its en-ergy to the target.“The physical consequences of this action,depending on the rate of speed of the celldisplacement or the effects of fluid shock,may result in two possible outcomes - bluntor penetrating trauma. The maximum desiredeffect of a crowd control munition is blunttrauma defined as the impact from an objectthat leaves the body surface intact, but maycause sufficient (non-life threatening) injuryto incapacitate. However, any application offorce to a human body may cause injury.“A baton round is intended to cause a blunttrauma on impact rather than a penetratingtrauma. Damage is also dependent on thearea of the body hit, for instance the head,neck, chest, spine and kidney areas areconsidered the most dangerous areas to hit,whereas abdomen, legs and arms are the leastdangerous.”The baton round can also be used insituations where a firearm would otherwisebe used, as a less lethal option.OTHER NON-LETHAL WEAPONThe pepper spray, handcuff and baton areuseful non-lethal weapon, however, in orderto use any of these on a mentally ill person,the security forces would have to get close,therefore putting the user at risk where thearrestee has not been otherwise incapacitated.The devices used when restraining thementally ill must be appropriate, effective,and pose a lesser lethal threat. Some of themental disorders are temporary and can becured. If it cannot be cured, it can be treated.Therefore, as was highlighted in the CaseStudies of DM and DC, both had theopportunity of rehabilitation andreintegration.nThree intact Bean Bag Rounds (Bing Images)
  • 29Searching for truth, striving for justiceChaper 8: Analysis of the ProblemThe Strategic Mental Health Plan 2009-2014 highlighted that in Jamaica, acritical part of the problem is thatthere is no established facility tohouse persons who are mentally ill and havefallen into trouble with the law.“There is a need to establish more improvedfacilities for persons in prisons with mentalillness…and to provide specialised trainingfor police officers and probation officers, inorder to divert non-violent offenders withmental illnesses away from incarcerationinto treatment.…There is a “growingcriminalisation of persons with mentalillnesses, and jails and prisons are becominga major living setting for such persons,” thedocument states.WHO RESPONDS TO CASESINVOLVING THE MENTALLY ILL?Analysis of several psychiatric reports,suggests that some of the deceased weretransported by police, in the past, to seekmedical attention. The question that arisesthen is what was different at the time theindividual was fatally shot by the police?Could it be that the police who respond tosuch scenes had no idea that the person inquestion was mentally ill?Based on the investigations carried out, theimpression is given that the police are notnecessarily equipped to deal with personswho have mental illnesses.However, there is another factor to con-sider, as according to ACP Welsh, the stan-dard operating procedure is for the securityforces to respond in partnership with a mem-ber of the mental health fraternity, however,he was quick to highlight that the mentalhealth fraternity persons are not alwaysavailable.In all of the cases, the police insisted thatthey fired their weapons in self-defence.The JCF Standing Orders, while it gives thepolice a right to defend themselves and thosearound them, it also places a responsibility onthem to ensure that the individual receivesmedical attention as soon as possible. Whatmust be clearly stated is that the mentally illcan be violent and the police like the ordinarycitizen are at risk. In one case the wife of thedeceased stated that her husband attacked herwith the knife. As in the case of AG, itappears on the surface that the police had noother alternative but to use whatever appara-tus they had to deal with the situation onhand.nPolice confronting the mentally illBing Images
  • 30Searching for truth, striving for justiceTHE CASE OF AGA relative of AG said he had two of the kitchenknives and was not speaking normally. When he wasconfronted, AG’s remark was “Do you think I wouldhurt you?” These family members were not usuallyfearful of their relative, but because of AG’s actions,they became afraid. They called the police forassistance; AG disarmed the police, however the fam-ily believes the police did not have to shoot.THE CASE OF LWFor the family of LW and others who werefatally shot, the police did not have to shoot.The family members believe that owing to thefact that the police were informed prior tocoming on the scene, they should have beenbetter prepared to deal with the situation, andbased on their request, shooting the relativeshould not have featured in the actions of thepolice. The expectation was that the policewere properly trained to deal with thementally ill. In LW’s case, his wife believedthe police had the appropriate weapons todeter her husband from his behaviour.EMOTION OF VICTIM’S FAMILYBased on analysis on specific cases, when afamily member witnesses a relative being shotby the police they experience a range ofemotions, from shock, anger to self-blame.They often feel if they had not called the po-lice their relative would still be alive. They alsoexperience the blame from other members ofthe family who believe they are to be blamedfor the death of the relative. Oftentimes theyfeel deep regret. The emotions that comewith the fatal shooting of a mentally illrelative are complex, because at the same timerelatives may be relieved.It is therefore clear that the police have tobe specially trained to defuse the situation.While in principle it is ideal that the policevisit the scene with psychiatric aides whohave been specially trained to deal with thesesituations, this is often not the case.To prevent recurrence of similar situations,trained psychiatric aides ought to be placed atthe main community health facility in eachparish so that they can assist the police whenthe need arises. It is clear that, as Dr. Abel andother psychiatrists point out, there needs tobe more investment in the strategic and sus-tainable development of community mentalhealth services to address some of the issuesconfronting the mentally ill and the police.The perception is far-reaching as once thephrase “mental illness” is mentioned personsthink that the individual is ‘mad’ and fits oneprofile, that is, they use expletives, hurlsstones and other missiles and are unkempt.The approach to persons who are mentally ill,to a large extent is influenced by people’sperceptions. The treatment that the mentallyill receives is often dictated by the perceptionsothers have of them. In some cases, personalexperiences dictate how they are approached.This may be the thinking of some of thepolice officers who have to deal with thementally ill.nPolice confronting the mentally ill, family emotions
  • 31Searching for truth, striving for justiceSocial support andrelapse of thementally illFor the police and the family alike,there is a need for an extensivepublic education campaignfocusing on the treatment of thementally ill among us. This is needed in aneffort to address and reduce fatalconfrontations with the police and deaths incustody of the mentally ill. Additionally, untilthe perception of mental illness and‘madness’ are divorced this problem will notcease to exist. What must be clearlyunderstood is that there are degrees ofmental illness, and as a result all personsconcerned must act decisively in order toeffectively deal with the situations. If policemen and women are going to be asked to dealwith the mentally ill, they must be equippedto do so.A consultant psychiatrist interviewed as apart of this investigation pointed that theyoffer and do training with the security forcesperiodically or when requested.POLICE - DUTY TO INTERVENEForce Orders dated November 2, 2000 statethat “on no account must a member of thepublic be told in future that the police cannottake action against a mentally ill person unlessthe mentally disordered committed anoffence.” In fact, there have been cases wherepersons state that they had requested the helpof the police and were told that they wouldnot intervene because they did not want thefamily to blame them if anything were tohappen to their mentally ill relative. Thepolice seemed to be caught in a very delicatesituation where they want to help, and by theForce Orders are told to do so, however, ifanything goes wrong, they are the ones toreceive the blame.During the course of this investigation,several police personnel admitted that theywere ill-equipped as to how to effectively dealwith the mentally ill. In fact, having reviewedsome cases, it would seem that if the policehad been better prepared to work with thementally ill some of the fatalities and/orinjuries could have been avoided.MENTAL STATUS OF PERSONS WHOCOME IN CONFRONTATION WITHTHE POLICEIn most of the cases reviewed, the personwas known to be mentally ill prior to beingfatally shot by the police. The most commondiagnoses were schizophrenia and bipolardisorders. The diagnosis for one of thedeceased in this investigation remainsunknown. He was however treated by apsychiatrist.The conditions of these persons dated as farback as 8 years prior to their being shot bythe police. The only case where an individualwas shot by the police without formaldiagnosis, or being ill for any great length oftime was in the case of AG who was said tobe demonstrating signs of mental illness justdays before he was shot by the police.Force Orders dated November 2, 2000stated that “on no account must a memberof the public be told in future that the policecannot take action against a mentally illperson unless the mentally disordered personcommitted an offence.”nEducating citizens, and members of the security forcesBing Images
  • 32Searching for truth, striving for justiceRecommendations and Findings1. The Commission humbly refers to theCommissioner of Police, the followingrecommendations for action (Section 17 (9)and 23 of the Independent Commission ofInvestigations Act):a. That within 120 days, the JCF develop aprogramme to train, refresh and monitor thememberships appreciation of theoperational policy regarding dealing withpersons who are mentally ill. This could in-clude the development of an aide memoirbooklet, simulation drills, and continuous li-aison with mental health professionals in thedivision.b. That within 12 months, all stations andresponse vehicles be equipped with tasers.Before deploying tasers for use, the JCFmust promulgate an operational policy forits use and certification (to include periodicre-certification) of police personnel.2. The Commission humbly refers toParliament and the Honourable Ministers ofHealth and National Security the followingrecommendations:n There should be at least two MedicalResponse Teams for each region consistingof police officers with specialised training indealing with the mentally ill and withpsychiatric aides. There is a special need inthe rural areas where their remotenesschallenges quick support from mental healthprofessionals. These teams should be on-callon a 24-hour basis.n Ongoing refresher courses for the securityforces should be provided regarding how tomanage the mentally challenged.The circumstances surrounding the death ofthe mentally ill as a result of confrontationwith the police were concerning. Based on theforegoing investigations, our findings are asfollows:n Of the incidents examined for thisinvestigation 75 per cent ended in fatalities,while 25 per cent ended in injuries.n Areas Two and Three accounted for 90 percent of the fatalities (involving mentally illpersons in confrontation with the police)recorded between 2005 and 2012. Notably, inArea Two, most of the mentally ill personswho survived these confrontations were shotin the leg.n People in the community often felt that thementally challenged individuals were nuisances.n Police officers have received basic trainingin dealing with mentally ill persons.n In the majority of cases, police impatiencecontributed to an escalation of the situationwith the final result being the killing or injuringof the mentally ill person. This is a breach ofthe JCF procedures and in extension a breachof right to life.n In a significant number of cases, the victimposed no obvious, or immediate threat to thepolice or citizens yet the interaction with thepolice led to the victims death or injury.n In most cases, when the mentally ill personwas shot (fatally or injured), there were nosenior officers (sergeant and above) present.n The police are ill equipped and unpreparedto handle situations involving the mentally ill.The JCF has not issued to police any of theexpected special restraint devices orappropriate less lethal weaponry that ought tobe used when dealing with mentally ill persons.Although, the JCF has a well-intentionedpolicy, the members routinely fail to abide bythe policy when a real life situation presentsitself.n In the majority of cases, the fact that thevictim was mentally ill was known to the policebeforehand.n In some cases the mentally ill personsexacerbated their condition by smokingmarijuana while on medication.n In most cases the deceased had been inpossession of an offensive weapon when theywere fatally shot.n There was no sign of consistent mentalhealth care at the community level.COMMISSIONS RECOMMENDATIONSFINDINGS
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  • In May 2011, the Commission receiveda letter from an attorney alleging thatin 2008 eight (8) prisoners died whilein custody at the Port Antonio PoliceStation.Checks by the Commission revealed that infact five (5) deaths had occurred at the samepolice station during the period 2005 – 2009.This caused the Commission to launch anislandwide investigation into deaths ofprisoners while in the custody of the police.Investigations have revealed that at least 36deaths have occurred from 2005 to 2012.When this is added to the number of personswho died in the Remand Centres (Depart-ment of Correctional Services), the statisticsreveal that at least 12 prisoners die in custodyeach year.The Commission believes that some of thecausative circumstances resulting in deaths incustody are repetitive and can be prevented.Efforts made to access reports ofinvestigations into these incidents reveal thatthese matters were not well investigated,which may hinder the outcomes of thesematters. Of note too is the fact that a numberof these persons dying in custody were men-tally ill.DEFINITIONS OF DEATHIN CUSTODYThe Independent Police ComplaintsCommission (IPCC) Report (2009) defineddeathin custody as:Deaths of persons who have been arrestedor otherwise detained by the police; itincludes deaths which occur whilst a personis being arrested or taken into detention. Thedeath may have taken place on police, privateor medical premises, in a public place or in apolice or other vehicle.The report defines deaths in custody assituations where deaths happen:1. During or following police custody whereinjuries resulting in the death of the personhappened during the period of investigation2. Deaths which occur in or on the wayto hospital (or other medical premises)following or during transfer frompolice custody.3. Death which occur as a result of injuriesor other medical problems which areidentified or developed while a person is incustodyDuring our investigation, it was noted thatthe definition for death in custody amongpolice officers was unclear across ranks.In one case it was felt that the prisoner didnot die in police custody because he wasadmitted in hospital at the time of death. Inother cases, some police personnel felt that ifthe prisoner was never physically at thelockup but was under police guard at hospitalfrom the time of arrest until he/she died,then it would not constitute a death incustody.Therefore, one of the aims of thisinvestigation is to define and explain clearlywhat is meant by a death in custody. It is alsoimperative that more police personnel at alllevels inform themselves of the various waysa prisoner can die while in custody.TERMS OF REFERENCE• To determine circumstances surroundingindividually reported cases of death ofdetainees, whilst in the custody of the police;• Determine whether or not there arereasons to suspect that any person iscriminally culpable for the death;• Determine whether or not the right to lifewas breached.• To examine the police reporting, recordingand investigation of these deaths;• To make recommendations for futureactions.nChapter 9: Death in Custody35Background of Investigations and Terms of ReferenceSearching for truth, striving for justice
  • Situation Analysis - Jamaica36Case StudiesSearching for truth, striving for justicePrisoner RMRM was about 16 years old when he beganshowing signs of mental illness, in one instancehe attacked his mother, cutting her with a knife.He was taken in by the police in his area andthen transferred to a Remand Centre forJuveniles. He later appeared before the FamilyCourt and was sent to a Juvenile CorrectionalCentre where he remained until his 18thbirthday, at which time he was discharged.In October 2004 he again attacked anotherfamily member and was taken into custody bythe area police. While in custody his behaviourappeared strange and so he was sent toBellevue Hospital.According to family members, he wouldsmoke marijuana and drink white rum. This hebegan doing at about age 16, and according tohis mother, “this flip him off”. Even after hisdischarge from Bellevue, he was still abusingdrugs and alcohol.He was admitted at the Bellevue Hospitalbetween 2004 and 2010 and was diagnosedwith Cannabis-induced Psychosis.COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICESAfter his discharge from Bellevue, he wasreferred to a Health Centre in the communitywhere he received treatment on a monthlybasis.THE INCIDENTOn January 2012 he was placed in custodyafter he and others were beaten by an angrymob of residents. Reports are that the menattempted to rob citizens. One person died onthe spot and RM was rushed to hospital wherehe was treated and released that same day incustody of the police at which time he had cutsand bruises all over his body.Specific instructions were given for theprisoner to be taken to another hospital for anorthopedic opinion on the following day and,three days later, to the Parish Health Centre forchanging of bandages.After carefully examining the diaries at thepolice station, it was observed that the policeofficer who escorted the prisoner fromhospital recorded the specific instructionsgiven by the doctor in the Station Diary.However, upon examination of the Cell Diary,it was noted that the entry that was recordedby the said officer was deficient, in that it omit-ted the details from the hospital for furthertreatment. The station diary in which theinformation was recorded was closed and putaway two days later. Between the period ofprisoner’s arrival and the day of his death therewas no entry taking him to the specified healthfacilities. Police personnel, however, hadconcerns for his mental health and so anappointment was set for him to see thepsychiatrist prior to his death; however, he wasnot seen.When RM was rushed to hospital when hefell, records show that he had multiple bruises,abrasions and cuts all over his body.AREAS OF CONCERN1. Record KeepingRM was transported to court but there wasno record of him being taken there. Aftercourt he was taken to another station thentaken to another station; however, the recordsat any of the station did not clearly show themovement of the prisoner.2. Treatment of prisoners with illnesses .RM who had obvious injuries was not takenback to the hospital for follow-up treatment.nPRISONER LSLS, a man of a Portland address, was a taxidriver. He was a prisoner at the Port AntonioPolice Station on a charge of rape. He had beenoffered bail on May 28, 2009 in the sum of onehundred and fifty thousand dollars($150,000.00), but he did not take up his bail.It is not clear if LS had a history of or had beendiagnosed with a mental illness. He was howeverplaced in Cell No. 5, the cell where persons withmental illness were housed separately from otherprisoners. LS had two cellmates, both of whomdemonstrated signs of mental illness. LS wasremanded in custody at one point for apsychiatric evaluation; however, once that wasconducted, it confirmed that he was fit to plead.THE INCIDENTOn June 2, 2009, during meal time andvisitation, a prisoner noticing that somethingstrange was happening in the adjacent cell,alerted police personnel. When checks weremade, LS was seen hanging from the ventilationgrill by a piece of string fashioned from hispants. There were no signs of injuries to thisbody and at the time he was found, there was oneother prisoner in the cell with him. He was cutdown and taken to the Port Antonio Hospitalwhere he was examined and pronounced dead.WITNESS ACCOUNTOne witness stated that he would normallyspeak to LS on a daily basis. However, on thisparticular day, LS did not greet him when hepassed by to go to the bathroom. He thoughtthis strange, but proceeded on his journey. Onhis way back he still did not hear LS, but stoppedto check with him, to find out why his brotherhad not come to bail him. He said he noticed LSwith his face to the wall and a piece of clotharound his neck. The prisoner who was in thecell with LS was interviewed but was deemedmentally incompetent to give a statement.AREAS OF CONCERNOn the day in question, prisoners in an adjacentcell brought to police officers’ attentionsomething that was happening in Cell No. 5, thepolice noticed that LS was hanging by a piece ofcloth from the metal vent at the back of the cell.When checks were made the body of LS wasmotionless.When checks were made of the records at thePort Antonio Hospital nothing was found for LS.A postmortem examination carried out on thebody of LS revealed that he died from asphyxiadue to hanging.A Coroner’s Inquest with jury was held into thedeath of LS and the jury returned the verdict thatLS suffered ‘death by asphyxia due to hanging’.The jury also ruled that no one was criminallyresponsible for the death of LS. n
  • 37Searching for truth, striving for justicePRISONER LRLR, at the time of his death, was a residentin St. Andrew. He was arrested in October2012 on a charge of Malicious Destructionof Property. He was offered bail in earlyNovember of that same year and was bailedby a relative who later returned LR andsurrendered his recognisance saying theywere no longer willing to stand surety. Hewas back in custody pending court inmid-November.LR began presenting with signs of mentalillness in 2006 when he began behavingstrangely at work and was also destroyingproperty. Accompanied by co-workers hewas taken to a medical facility for evaluation.Prior to this, he presented with no signs orsymptoms of mental illness. The assessmentcarried out diagnosed him as having BipolarDisorder. He was admitted in hospital forfurther evaluation. He was discharged somedays after admission and received treatmentin the outpatient facility. By the followingMarch 2007 he became non-compliant withhis oral medication and so injectables wereadded to his treatment plan. He wasreadmitted in the Psychiatric Ward at theUniversity Hospital of the West Indies andremained there for two weeks.THE INCIDENTOn November 12, 2010, LR was found inhis cell at the Red Hills Police Station by cellguards. At the time he was lying on his back,naked, and appeared to be dead. Thesupervisor on duty was informed and thescene was processed by personnel from theArea 4 Scene of Crime. Upon examinationthere was no visible mark of violence seenon the deceased and no foul play wassuspected. The body was removed to themorgue pending a postmortemexamination.WITNESS ACCOUNTA relative of LR stated that he had gone tothe police and requested that they provideLR with medical treatment, however, in herresponse, she said that the police refused togrant her same. Some days after making thisrequest she received a call saying that her sonhad died while in the custody of the police.THE SECURITY FORCE’SACCOUNTAccording to the Station Diary entry takenfrom the Red Hills Police Station, LR wasvisited the same day as his death by a medicalPsychologist. LR was assessed by the doctora few days prior to his death who promisedto send a team to administer medication toLR.The final cause of death was determined aspneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonarydisease, left ventricular hypertrophy andchronic ischemic disease. A secondary causeof death was a fatty liver.AREAS OF CONCERNOf the five (5) cases examined in thePortland Division, three (3) of the prisonerswere found hanging, one was beaten by in-mates which led to his death and one wasdue to illness. The mentally ill prisoners werekept in a poorly maintained cell which hadno proper lighting. n
  • Jamaica’s Constitution guarantees theprotection of the right to life. The Stateis obliged to take steps to secure thisright. Persons in the custody of the State areparticularly vulnerable and the State has aspecial burden to ensure that their lives aresecure.The State must take the necessary andreasonable preventative operational measuresto protect an individual whose life is at risk,whether by his own hands or by the actionsof a fellow inmate. The standard of attentionrequired must not be impossible ordisproportionate. Where the authorities knew,or ought to have known, of a real andimmediate risk, then they ought to take suchreasonable and expected measures that arewithin their scope of powers to avoid therisk.The right to life further triggers aprocedural obligation for the State to ensurethat there is an independent, effective,prompt, and official investigation of thecircumstances where an inmate is killed. Thisinvestigation must have a reasonable degreeof public scrutiny and ought to be aimed atmaking responsible State agents accountablefor their actions or omissions (Edwards etux v. UK (2002) 12 BHRC 190, Amin v.Secretary of State of the Home Depart-ment [2004] 1 AC 653, R(L a patient) v.Secretary of State for Justice[2009] AC588).The gaoler must take reasonable steps toascertain whether a prisoner is a suicide riskbearing in mind that inmates are at a greaterrisk of suicide than the general population(Orange v. Chief Constable of YorkshireConstabulary [2002] QB 347).The Constitution further requires thatpersons do not suffer torture or inhuman anddegrading treatment. Poor cell conditionsmay breach this provision (Doris Fuller v. R(1998) 56 WIR 337).The State’s obligation is also recognised intort. The arresting officer, knowing that thereis a risk of suicide, has a duty to so informthe gaoler. If an inmate’s suicide isforeseeable, and the gaoler did not exercisedue care to prevent this, a cause of action fornegligence could arise.The gaoler could not successfully pleadnovus actus interveniens (i.e. that thedeceased’s act broke the chain of causationthat had started with the gaoler’s negligence)as the deceased’s act was the very thing thegaoler was required to guard against (Reevesv. Commissioner of Police for theMetropolis [2000] 1 AC 360).Criminal liability for manslaughter mayarise where the standard of care is breachedto such an extent that a jury believes that it is“gross” and deserving of criminal sanction.Summing up the legal provisions, the Stateis obliged to:1. Take reasonable steps to protect personsin state custody from being killed whether bytheir own hands, by fellow inmates, or byagents of the State.2. Conduct an assessment of thecircumstances of any person being taken intocustody as to the risk that they will sufferharm whilst in custody.3. Ensure that the conditions of detentionare humane.4. Provide the means for independent,effective and adequate investigation of adeath in State custody.If the State fails in any of these regards theconstitutional right to life would have beenbreached and possible exposure for criminaland tortious liability exposed.THE CONSTABULARY FORCE ACTAccording to the Constabulary Force Act,December 19, 1935 - Section 50H:Chapter 10: The Legal Framework38Searching for truth, striving for justiceLocal Laws
  • (1) Every complaint made by orconcerning a person arrested or detained shallbe recorded in the Station Diary.(6) Where it appears to any member of theSecurity Forces that a person under arrest ordetention is ill or requires medical attentionwhether or not that person complains ofillness, such member shall, without delay, takesuch steps as are necessary to cause thatperson to be given medical attention.POWERS OF A CONSTABLEAccording to the law, where an offence iscommitted by a person who appears to aconstable on reasonable grounds to bementally ill, the constable may charge thatperson for the offence and bring him beforea Resident Magistrate at the earliestopportunity, being not more than a period offive days after the date on which the offenceis committed; and may, where it is necessaryto detain the person until he is broughtbefore the Resident Magistrate, detain him ina lock-up, remand centre or a place suitablefor the detention of mentally disorderedpersons. Additionally, the constable mustmake a report in writing to a prescribedperson within twenty-four hours of suchcharge or detentionAccording to the Corrections Act, 1985,section (26) subsection (1) where a prisoneror person detained in a lock-up or remandcentre appears to the Minister on thecertificate of a registered medical practitionerto be of unsound mind, the Minister may, byorder in writing setting out the grounds ofbelief that the prisoner or person detained isof unsound mind, direct his removal to anypublic psychiatric facility within the island.The person will be kept and treated as if hehad been ordered to be detained in the publicpsychiatric facility under the Mental HealthAct and, subject to Section 27, until the seniormedical officer or the mental hospital certifiesthat such prisoner or person detained hasceased to require treatment in that institution.According to Section (79) the Coroner,having jurisdiction in the place where acorrectional institution is situated, shall holdan inquest into the death of any prisoner onwhom sentence of death is executed or whomay die in such correctional institution.ORDER FOR POSTMORTEMEXAMINATIONSAs it regards the ordering of a postmortemexamination, the Coroner’s Act, 1900 dictatesthat (6.-41) If a coroner/JP/designatedpolice officer becomes aware of a dead bodyor a part of the dead body in his jurisdic-tion/parish and there is reasonable cause tosuspect that that person died a violent/unnat-ural/sudden death and no one knows thecause of death, or a medical certificate hasnot been produced or if that person died inprison or under such circumstances that re-quire an inquest under any law, that Coro-ner/JP/designated officer has the discretionto lawfully direct any qualified medical prac-titioner to perform a post mortem on thebody.7.-41) Whenever the fact of a death underthe circumstances referred to in section 6 isreported at any police station, the officer incharge thereof shall forthwith notify the des-ignated police officer of such fact.(2) A designated police officer who is in-formed or notified of the fact of a death,pursuant to subsection (1) or section 6 shall:(a) in the case of information or a notifi-cation given by a person other than theCoroner, inform the Coroner of the factof death, within forty-eight hours after re-ceiving the information or notification; and(b) forthwith cause an investigation to bemade into the circumstances relating to thedeath, and report thereon to the Coronerwithin twenty-one days after first receivingsuch information or notification. n39Searching for truth, striving for justice
  • 40Searching for truth, striving for justiceWhenever the police is contacted regardinga person who is reported to be behaving ina way that might suggest that they arementally ill, the police should respondpromptly, and special containmentequipment for example, handcuff, should beused to prevent the need for lethal orinappropriate force. (The Jamaica ConstabularyForce Orders dated October 21, 2004, Serial No.2994 which was republished in the February 16,2012 Force Orders, Serial No. 3374)Further, the individual should be takenimmediately to the nearest designatedmedical facility for proper medical/psychiatric evaluation. Steps should be takento establish if the person arrested has ahistory of mental illness and is receivingactive treatment. Arrangements must be inplace to ensure safety from other inmateswhile the mentally ill person is in custody.Lock-Up Administration Policy andProcedures outlined in Chapter 41 of theJamaica Constabulary Force Standing Ordersstates that when a person other than amotorist is under the influence of drink ordrugs, is self-destructive and endangering thepublic, the police may take such person incustody. The document further dictates thatin handling such person the police shall becourteous, using patience and goodjudgment at all times. As it relates todetention, the policy states that no personsfitting the description above shall be placedin a cell with other prisoners but rather beplaced in a temporary holding facilityseparate and apart from the cell block. Itstates that such person or persons shall beplaced therein under close supervision ofthe cell staff and Guard Room Personnel.The document also makes provisions forthe frequency of visit to the cell, stating thatwhere a person is arrested and is believed tobe of unsound mind the police shall visitsuch prisoner once every half-hour and eachvisit recorded in the appropriate Registers.As it relates to security, the policy statesthat any unusual conditions or occurrenceobserved in the cells should immediately bereported to the Sub-officer in charge oflockups whether verbally or in writingdepending on the nature of the occurrencefor appropriate action to be taken. Properdocumentation is also required once thisperson is in custody as the Sub-officer incharge of lock ups are required to record inthe appropriate registers any incidentreported to him that may threaten the facilityor persons in the facility and prepare adocumented report and ensure it isforwarded through the appropriate channel.In case of emergency situations theSub-officer in charge of lockups maycommunicate verbally to the Sub-officer incharge of Detention and Courts orDivisional Officer depending on the natureof the emergency, but in any event as soonas possible thereafter a comprehensive re-port shall be submitted by him through theproper channel for administrative review.To achieve proper administrative controland to ensure the security of lockups, adocumented security inspection of thephysical facilities should be carried out atregular intervals, but at least once weekly.Such exercise will help to ensure the safetyof police and prisoners and minimiseopportunity for escape.To maintain proper supervision of lockupswith an accurate accountability of prisonerswithin, the following procedure shall befollowed:• The Sub-officer in charge of lockups orStation guard on taking over duty shallphysically check all cells and prisoners andensure that the cells are secured and that allprisoners are present and accounted for asper station records;• Prisoners shall be visited and visuallyobserved at least once in each hour. In casesof “drunks”, lunatics or other exceptionalcases, they will be observed once in eachhalf-hour and at least three (3) times everyhour between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. eachday. Each visit shall be recorded in theStation Diary or Cell Diary as appropriate.Prisoner identification is also addressed inChapter 34 of the Jamaica ConstabularyForce Standing Orders. Policy andProcedure Section VIII (B2) sub-titledPrisoner Identification and Records:“the supervising Sub-Officer or StationGuard shall be responsible to compile theentries on the Prisoner’s Card. The numberat the top of the left hand corner of the cardshall represent the original entry made in theStation Diary at the time the prisoner wasarrested, followed by the date of arrest. Allother entries made in other relevant registersshall be cross-referenced with the StationDiary entry. The Station Diary numberallotted to the prisoner shall be maintaineduntil the prisoner is released or transferred.”It is the responsibility of the supervisingSub-officer to acquaint himself with therecords of all prisoners and thereby developa thorough up-to-date knowledge of thecase of all prisoners in custody. At theexpiration of his tour of duty, thesupervising Sub-officer shall submit awritten report to the sub-officer in charge toinclude:1. Number of prisoners in custody2. Movement of prisoners, i.e., Courtattendance, bail, released, transferred etc.;3. Sick prisoner and medical attentionreceived, if any;4. Any other matter relative to the welfareand safety of the prisoners and thepersonnel whom he supervises.nChapter 11: The Jamaica Constabulary Force GuidelinesJAMAICA CONSTABULARY FORCESTANDING ORDERS
  • 41Searching for truth, striving for justice4riPof223ssonersonersririsonerPof321aAre2aAre3aAre4aAreumberN001ofumberN0 0 0 0 05aAre02005 2006 2007 2008 20092009 2010 2011earY2012 2013Figure 2 shows the number of prisoners who have died while in thecustody of the police. In the (36) cases examined, for whichinformation was available, the period 2005 through 2012; Area Fouraccounted for the highest (9) followed by Area Three with eight (8),Area Two and Five accounted for seven (7) respectively whilst AreaOne had five (5).Most of the deaths (six (6) each) occurred in 2006 and 2009. In 2010there were five (5); while 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012, there were four(4) each followed by 2011 with two (2). A point to note, one of theprisoner’s dates could not be ascertained at the time of this report.Figure 2: Prisoners who have died whilst in custody of the Police from 2005-2012Statistics
  • 42Searching for truth, striving for justice1aAreecoliP)ionsisiv(DdlanstmoreeWrveoHansemJat.SlawnTr2aAreecoliP)ionsisiv(DoliP(DnnAt.S t.SryMat.S aMdrtlanoP Cl3aAreecoli)ionsisiv(DAreecoliPisiv(DhtebzaliE stoingKrestechna nstoingKnodrenaCl stoingKdAt.S4aAre)ions(Div5aAreecoliPstaEnsto rew NodnAt.StralnCe nriehtCat.SWestn nriehtCat.Shtrew S Tht.S)ionssi(Divhrtrew NothuoSenrthNoenylawneTr rew SdnAt.SrewdnAt.Shtuorew S moTht.Srew tralnCesamFigure 3: Police Area Headquarters and Divisional OfficesThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has divided their police areas of Jamaica into five (5) Divisions, (See Figure 3) namely Areas One (1)through Five (5). Under each Area Head Office are Divisional Offices, which manage and support the various police stations within that di-vision. Area Four (4) is the largest with five (5) divisions, followed by Area One (1) and Five (5) with four (4) divisions respectively, and AreaTwo (2) and Three (3) with three (3) divisions each.N %Abduction/Rape 5 14Extortion 1 3Malicious Destruction of Property 5 14Sus/Larceny by trick 1 3Murder-related charges 6 16Buggery 1 3Housebreaking & Larceny 1 3Indecent Assault 1 3Wounding-related charges 7 19Larceny f/person 1 3Attempted murder 1 3Illegal Possession of Firearm 2 5Incest 1 3Suspected bigamy 1 3Fraud 2 5Total 36 100Table 1: Reasons for which deceased [prisoners]were arrestedTable 1 shows the reasons for which deceasedprisoners were arrested and placed in the custodyof the police. In the 36 cases examined for whichinformation was available, abduction, rape andmalicious destruction of property accounted for14 per cent respectively. Murder-related chargesaccounted for 16 per cent while wounding-relatedcharges accounted for 19 per cent. (The others, toinclude illegal possession of firearm, were betweenthree (3) and five (5) per cent.
  • Figure 2.1 shows the number and age of prisoners who diedwhilst in the custody of the police. In the 36 cases examined, theprisoners’ age spanned between 15 and 65. The age range 26-35accounting for the highest i.e. 12 of which Areas Two and Fouraccounted for three (3) each.The age range of 36- 45 had the second highest - nine (9) - withArea Four accounted for three (3), whilst the age range 15-25had the third highest (7) with Area Three and Five accountingfor two (2) each. The age range 46-55 and 56-65 accounted forfive (5) and three (3) respectively.43Searching for truth, striving for justiceFigure 2.1: Age of prisoners who have died while in custodyAgeNumberofPrisoners
  • Table 2 shows the reasons for which deceased (prisoners)were taken to hospital after they were arrested and placed inthe custody of the police. In the 36 cases examined, 25% ofprisoners were taken after they were found hanging; 17 percent after they were found unconscious/unresponsive; eightper cent due to physical injuries, while three per cent each wastaken due to other mental health issues and after stoppedbreathing/collapsed. 44 per cent fell under the category ofother.44Searching for truth, striving for justiceTable 2: Reasons deceased [prisoners] weretaken to hospital following their arrestN %Stopped breathing/ collapsed 1 3Physical injuries 3 8Found hanging 9 25Unconscious/ Unresponsive 6 17Other 16 44Other mental health issues 1 3Total 36 1002025510150At ckLoAt -up alrivarnopU ruohaninWith uoh12to1 rsu rsuoh24to12 1to24 keewFigure 2.2 shows the length of time that passed between theprisoner arriving at the hospital and dying. In the (36) casesexamined for which information was available and applicable,during the period 2005 through 2012, ten (10) are currentlybeing investigated.Of the 36 cases, 22 prisoners were pronounced dead uponarrival at hospital. Six (6) deaths took place between 1 and 12hours after prisoner’s arrival, whilst three (3) deaths occurredwithin one hour of arrival and another two (2) died between 24hours and one (1) week after arriving at the hospital. A furtherthree (3) prisoners were pronounced dead at the police stationlockup.Figure 2.2: Time between detainee arriving at hospital and dyingNumberofPrisonersLength of Time
  • 45Searching for truth, striving for justiceFigure 1.2 shows that of the total number 59 inmates who died between 2008 and 2011 whilst in custody of the De-partment of Correctional Services, 42 deaths were due to natural causes and 17 were unnatural. Of this amount ten(10) died in 2008, 15 in 2009, 18 in 2010 and 16 in 2011. For the period analysed nine (9) were mentally ill inmates; six(6) of whom died from natural causes and three (3) from unnatural causes. Among these, one was unfit to plead.(Source: Department of Correctional Services)109121416tAmoun91413rutaN alr21468Amoun643taUnn alrut02008 2009eYYe2010rae2011Figure 1.2: Death of inmates while in the custody of the Department of Correctional Services
  • 46Searching for truth, striving for justiceThe Deceased - Police AreaArea 11. George Lindo – June 8, 20062. Jasper Forbes – September 26, 20053. Gayon Brown – September 10, 20084. Gerald Grey – May 2, 20095. Ernie Smith – November 23, 2006Area 21. Henry McCalla – December 13, 20082. Fabian Hall – April 18, 20083. Lincoln Samuels – March 6, 20094. Donovan Johnson – August 4, 20055. Nicholas Robinson – March 30, 20076. James Walford – June 21, 20117. Osbourne Cooper – May 30, 2011Area 31. Theophilus Stubbs – November 3, 20092. Harold Graham – August 13, 20083. Kemar Williams – November 7, 20054. Buxton Miller – Unknown5. Fabian Walters – February 21, 20076. Noel Cole – November 4, 20077. Robert Maragh –February 19, 20128. Ryan Mullings– February 17, 2012Area 41. Michael Thompson – August 26, 20072. Warren Armstrong – February 8, 20103. Palgrave McFarlane – September 14, 20054. Vincent Phipps – November 20, 20105. Christopher Swaby – March 26, 20106. Washington Brown – April 4, 20067. Roland Malcolm - June 6, 20128. Ricardo Harrison – June 18, 20129. Andrew Scott - December 19, 2006Area 51. Lovell Riley – November 12, 20102. Errol Wynter – February 16, 20063. Lloyd Ferguson – January 19, 20104. Shane Stamp – April 2, 20095. Gary Pinnock – July 1, 20096. Eric Bell – July 21, 20097. Eric Barrett – June 20, 2006
  • 47Searching for truth, striving for justiceFORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC FACILITYAccording to Messers. Rutherfordand S. Duggan, treating personsin a Forensic Psychiatric facilityprovides the most effective andappropriate treatment for mentally illoffenders, and provides greater benefit interms of diverting persons from the criminaljustice system. Many of these persons wouldotherwise have been lost in the criminaljustice system. Treatment in such anenvironment can also help to reduce therising custodial population and the increasingre-offending rates for those leaving prison(Rutherford, M & S. Duggan, 2007September).It also provides treatment and support forthose individuals who require a secureinpatient facility due to their risk of harm toself and/or others. The Forensic PsychiatricHospital is a designated mental health facilitywhich provides for involuntaryadmissions for treatment purposes.(http://www.bcmhas.ca/ForensicService/ForensicHospital/default.htm)POLICE LOCKUPSCharles Hounmenou, in his article Standardsfor Monitoring Human Rights of People in PoliceLockups lists the lack of access to mentalhealth care as one of the deficiencies ofpolice lockups (p. 1). Citing Layman, E. P. &McCampbell, S. W. (2007).The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 andLaw Enforcement Agencies: Policy DevelopmentGuide recommended as a means of ensuringthe safety of detainees that:“Prior to admission into a police cell,detainees [should be] assessed in relation torisks including mental health, suicide, criminalhistory, and the potential for sexual violence,and vulnerability for victimization” (p. 3).While speaking to mental health he quotedthe National Law Enforcement Policy Centre,“A police lockup facility is not intended foror equipped to handle detainees who requireimmediate or sustained medical attention”.Included in his indicators of detaineemedical/mental health, he stated, “Everydetainee who appears to be physicallyincapacitated due to drug or alcoholintoxication should preferably be examinedby a physician”. (p. 6). He further cited thepolicy document and stated that “no detaineewho has injuries or illnesses that requirehospitalisation or attention of a health careprofessional (should be) booked into a policelockup facility or otherwise held forinterrogation or other purposes” (p. 7).Hounmenou continued, “Any detainee whoappears to be mentally ill [should be]monitored continuously until he or she hasChapter 12: Other JurisdictionsInternational Best PracticesPhoto:Bing Images.
  • 48Searching for truth, striving for justicebeen examined by a doctor or qualifiedmental health practitioner.A register is kept of any in-cell contact,including the time and duration of the con-tact, the custodial officers involved and theresults of observations about the conditionof any person who appears to be mentally illor who is intoxicated.Any person apprehended by the police andassessed as having a mental illness by aregistered mental health practitioner [shouldbe] transferred to an appropriate health carefacility as a matter of urgency.” (p. 11)He also stated that police assigned to apolice lockup full-time or part-time shouldbe appropriately trained for preventingsuicide of prisoners.In like manner, R. Lines in his article TheRight to Health of Prisoners pointed out that“Proper mental health care in prisons mustinclude adequate written record-keeping andmonitoring of patients, and be carried out byproperly qualified staff” (p. 27). Monitoringof mentally ill patients should increasewhenever there is a change of mood andbehaviour. Lines inferred that the mentalhealth of persons who are already mentallyill deteriorates significantly withincarceration. “As with general medical care,mental health care must be available andprovided in a timely fashion in order to beconsistent with human rights law” (p. 27).UN Special Rapporteurs reporting on amission to Peru recommended that“Appropriate mental health services be madeavailable to persons in detention” (p. 28).In Mental Health as a Human Right, LanceGable and Lawrence O. Gostin highlight thatpersons with mental illness face considerablechallenges that prevent them from beingfunctional. These obstacles have implicationsfor quality of mental health care they receive.They state, “Mental health comprises anintegral component of overall health andwell-being” (p. 250). They further argue,quoting MacArthur Violence RiskAssessment Study that “…persons withmental disabilities have no greater propensityto commit violent acts than persons who donot have a mental disability….the keyvariable in predicting dangerousness isco-morbidity with alcohol and drugdependency” (p. 251). Gable and Gostin alsohighlight that a high number of persons whoare mentally ill are becoming homeless withthe move of deinstitutionalisation. Theypoint out, quoting in part G.N. Grob’s MentalHealth Policy in America: Myths and Realities:“Equally troubling is the steadytransmigration of mentally ill disabled peoplefrom psychiatric institutions to otherinstitutions – jails, prisons, remand centres,and nursing homes – where they do notreceive appropriate treatment, if any. In manycountries around the world prisons havebecome the de facto mental health systems,leaving this population isolated, forgotten,and deprived of their human rights” (p. 253).IPCC REPORTResearch carried out by IPCC entitledDeaths in or following police custody highlightedthat the most common cause of deathamong prisoners was hangings. Of the 44suicides across an 11-year period 34 werehangings.The Independent Police ComplaintsCommission (IPCC) of the United Kingdomreport entitled Deaths in or following policecustody: An examination of the cases 1998/99 -2008/09 highlighted that in case where riskassessment was done persons had “some oftheir property and/or clothing removed”while in other cases persons had less frequentchecks and suicides were committed whichraises question about the care they receivedin custody. Case 5.3 highlights this fact. (p.57-58).The report further stated “...custodyofficers may withhold a detainee’s clothingand personal effects where they consider that“they may use them to cause harm tothemselves…” (p. 39).As concerns supervision of detainees whoare considered high risk and/or mentally illthe report stated, “Detainees considered tobe at high risk of self-harm, who are treatedas mentally ill, or about whom there areconcerns regarding their consciousness, maybe placed on constant supervision. This mayinvolve constant monitoring through regularphysical checks, as well as use of CCTV” (p.39) Case 52 highlights this fact (p.55).n
  • 49Searching for truth, striving for justiceCase Studies - United Kingdom (IPCC)CASE STUDY #1History of attempted suicides not captured, poor riskassessment, lack of checks and inadequate recording ofchecks.A man was arrested for assault/wounding with intent. Hewas a vulnerable individual as he was homeless and hadaddictions to alcohol and drugs (including solvents,amphetamines and crack cocaine) and had made severalsuicide attempts in the past. Despite the involvement of thepolice in one of the previous suicide attempts, there was nomarker on the Police National Computer for self-harm.At the risk assessment stage (in police custody), theinvestigator states that no efforts were made to probe orencourage responses to the risk assessment questions. Theofficer in charge of the risk assessment simply marked ‘no’against the different points. In addition, an officer in thecustody suite pointed to the detainees waistband andshoelaces as a potential risk, but this was ignored by the officerconducting the risk assessment.Many of the cell visits were not carried out when required,and the checks which were conducted were not adequatelyrecorded on the custody record. No cell visits were carried outbetween 1a.m. and 4a.m., a three-hour gap in which the manhanged himself in his cell. The deceased hanged himself fromthe pipe attached to the sink in the cell. It transpired that theofficers in the custody suite had been watching a DVD duringthe three-hour time period.The pipe from the sink had not been identified as a ligaturepoint before. The investigator stated that he believed the ac-tions of the three custody officers “fell short of the positiveobligation under Article 2 [ECHR] to protect [the deceaseds]life”. The file was passed to the CPS to consider a prosecutionfor misconduct in public office.nCASE STUDY # 2Lack of agreed checks and failure to accurately record in thecustody record.Police were called to a residential home by staff who reported thatone of their residents was “being violent” towards them. The policeattended and arrested the resident to prevent a further breach ofthe peace. She was taken to custody and there were markers on thecustody system for her as having mental health issues and previouslysuffering from depression.She was therefore placed in a cell with CCTV and on 30-minutechecks. She did not receive the checks she was supposed to; thecustody record showed that she was checked after one hour, aftertwo hours, and then after another hour. After checking the CCTVit was discovered that there were some additional checks that hadnot been recorded on the custody record, but that the woman hadstill not been checked every 30 minutes in accordance with PACE(for vulnerable detainees).When the woman was last checked on, she was lying on the floorin a foetal position, but rather than physically check her, the officerassumed she was asleep and continued her duties. Shortly after this,the custody sergeant was able to confirm that the deceased couldreturn to her home, and was going to inform her of this. At thatpoint an officer checked the CCTV monitor and saw the deceasedlying on the cell floor.The custody sergeant and gaoler attended the cell and found hernot breathing. They began first aid and called for an ambulance.Paramedics arrived and continued resuscitation attempts but the de-ceased was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after.The investigator found that the officer who was supposed to checkthe deceased did not check her every half-an-hour, did not accuratelyrecord the checks that were undertaken, did not record the searchof the deceased, did not record the visit by the doctor, and failed toattend the cell straight away when it was recognised that the deceasedwas lying on the floor. It should be noted that this officer had neverreceived any formal custody training but did recognise her PACEduties.The investigator also found that the custody sergeant failed to giveappropriate instructions to the other custody staff regarding themonitoring of CCTV and failed to ensure the custody records wereproperly maintained. The file was referred to the Crown ProsecutionService to consider possible criminal actions against the policeofficer for neglect of duty of care.The custody sergeant was given words of advice. The investigatoralso noted that when the deceased had previously been detained, therisk assessment had stated she was “violently suicidal/ had self-harmtendencies”, but this information was not on the system when therisk assessment was conducted for the more recent detention.n
  • 50Searching for truth, striving for justiceCHARACTERISTICS OF PERSONSDYING IN CUSTODYOf the data provided through theDetention and Courts Branch ofthe JCF, all persons dying incustody were male and of Jamaicannationality. The men were generally of poorsocial background and general lack of familysupport. Some of the deceased wereremanded pending the outcome of apsychiatric evaluation, so in essence they weredisplaying elements of mental illness.According to the Strategic Mental HealthPlan 2009-2014 prepared by Dr. WendelAbel, consultant psychiatrist at the Universityof the West Indies:“there is no in-patient facility for convictedmentally ill individuals within the healthsystem…. There is a need to establish moreimproved facilities for persons in prisons withmental illness and to provide specializedtraining for police officers and probationofficers, in order to divert non-violentoffenders with mental illnesses away fromincarceration into treatment.The failure to develop an adequatelyfinanced and integrated, community-baseddelivery forensic service systems has resultedin the growing criminalisation of personswith mental illnesses. Jails and prisons arebecoming a major living setting for suchpersons” (p. 13)The first comprehensive mental healthstrategic plan developed for the period 2001– 2006 had as one of its major strategic foci:“The training of critical gatekeepers e.g.police, correctional officers, guidancecounsellors.”It is clear that prisons and lock-ups are notthe best places for the mentally ill.Professionals and police personnel argue thatthere is deterioration in their condition oncethey come into lock-up. This is usuallyexacerbated by relatives abandoning themwhilst in lockup. Many of them languish inthe correctional facility and lock-up and someeven become lost in the system.In one of the cases reviewed, a man was inlockup and eligible for bail. The policehighlighted[The man] age 28 yrs old…who wasarrested [and] charged for the offence ofMalicious Destruction of Property and bailedin the amount of $20,000 with surety [motherin] November 2010 was taken back to thestation and handed over by surety who statesthat she no longer wishes to stand surety foraccused.This man later died in custody.HOUSING ‘MENTALLY ILL’PRISONERS WITH ‘SANE’ PRISONERSIn cases where it was suspected that aprisoner was mentally ill, the police wouldgenerally separate such a prisoner. However,there have been cases investigated wherefamily members and others were convincedthat the prisoner was not mentally ill, yet washoused in a section deemed for the mentallyill.RECORD KEEPINGThe JCF Standing Orders outlines thepolicies and procedures that obtain for recordkeeping.Of the cases being investigated, record-keeping, in general, at these police stations,was usually commendable; however, therewere several issues uncovered which haveimplications for staff and prisoner safety andthe general smooth running of the lockups.• Referencing of entries is generally aproblem. In many of the cases investigated,the investigators had to “scour” the diaries inorder to find any connecting entry having todo with a prisoner. It is the view of theinvestigators that where possible, all entriesconcerning a particular prisoner should becross referenced.• Prisoners not properly accounted for.There are many instances upon perusingStation and Cell Diaries that it is seen wherea prisoner moves from the lock-up to anotherlocation. Oftentimes, there is no entry toshow the prisoner returning from thelocation or to whom the said prisoner washanded over.Based on, Chapter 34 of the JamaicaConstabulary Force Standing Orders, entitledPrisoner Transport – Policy and Procedure SectionVIII (F5e), it appears that the JCF StandingOrders regarding the referencing of entriesand accounting of prisoners are not followedthrough in many instances. The case study ofPrisoner RM gives the clearest exampleduring the course of this investigation theconsequences of poor record-keeping whichhinders effective actions.• Copying entries – whenever an entry ismade in more than one diary concerning aprisoner, an exact copy of the entry shouldbe made in the other diary. For example, inthe case of RM an entry was made in the CellDiary of the officer’s arrival with him athospital. However, when an entry was madein the Station Diary certain details were omit-ted. (See the entries on page 51).nChapter 13: Analysis of the Problem
  • Searching for truth, striving for justiceThe entries highlighted above areboth critical entries, as theyconcern one and the same pris-oner. This is a prisoner whocame into custody with severe injuries as a re-sult of a mob attack.One may argue that the entry in the CellDiary is arguably more important becausethis is the diary which the Cell staff will haveto use concerning a prisoner on a daily basis.The Station Diary speaks to the treatmentthat the prisoner ought to receive as per thedoctor’s instructions. However, this entry wasnot recorded in as much detail in the CellDiary. Record-keeping is also importantbecause as shifts change the person comingon will have some reference as concerns whathappened while they were out. It is thereforecritical that Cell staff and all other policepersonnel having anything to do with aprisoner be so informed as to the importanceof recording detailed entries of prisoners.Of importance too, where this matter isconcerned, is that this Station Diary wasfinished about three pages later and sodepending on how diaries are stored whenthey are finished this entry would be easilymissed. It is for this reason that therecommendation is made that whenever anentry is made in a Cell Diary and StationDiary they are referenced to each other, justso that the concerned police personnel canmake a check to ensure that what is recordedin one is actually recorded in the other.OVERCROWDING AND STAFFSHORTAGEPolice lock-ups are designed with certainspecifications with the intention of housinga certain number of prisoners. This is for thepurpose of safety of the prisoners, who eventhough they have been deprived of theirliberty, enjoy certain rights and privileges, andalso for national and overall security.In 1992, Agana Barrett died at the ConstantSpring Police Station whilst being housed inan overcrowded cell. The cell measured8ft x 7ft and was housing 19 men. He alongwith the other men was inside the cell for sev-eral hours between October 22 and 24. It wason the 24th that it was discovered that Barrettand two other men, Vassell Brown and IanForbes, had died. Reports published are thatthe men died from lack of oxygen.The men were picked up by the police to seeif they were wanted in connection with anycrime. Quoting from the case Fuller (Doris)v Attorney General presented in the Courtof Appeal of Jamaica, the trial judge foundthat “…[it]…was extremely hot due tocongestion. There was very little air availableand this was only accessible through smallholes in a metal door for the cell. The cell hadno windows and they were surrounded by aconcrete wall. Water dampened the floor andin order to quench thirst, perspiration andThe SystemCell checks, over-crowding and cell conditionStation Diary - ExtractCons#Ref#Hour Subject Nature of Occurrence Signature50 9:28pm PrisonerEscort[The police] escorted male Jamaican prisoner RM tothis location from the Hospital where the doctor gaveinstructions for said patient to visit the Orthopedicth of January 2012 and the[parish] Clinic on Wednesday 1st of February fordressing patients must also maintain collar untildoctor instruct otherwise.Cons#Ref#Hour Subject Nature of Occurrence Signature13 27 09:03pm PrisonerEscort[The police] escorted male Jamaican Prisoner RMfrom the Hospital to this location re: a case of M.O.B.[in the] he was handed over to [the Cell Guard] withinjuries to his head and left hand.51Cell Diary - Extract
  • 52Searching for truth, striving for justicewater dripping from the walls had to be usedas no drinking water was made available forthem…one man had to drink his own urinein order to quench his thirst…” (page 54 of64)The morning following this experience,three prisoners died.In 2012, some 20 years since the AganaBarrett incident, there are still reports of se-vere overcrowding coupled with shortage ofstaff. According to Chapter III of theConstitution entitled Charter ofFundamental Rights and Freedom, Section13(6) “No person shall be subjected totorture or inhuman or degrading punishmentor other treatment.” Considering the entriesin station diaries, it would seem there iswidespread concern about the conditionsunder which prisoners are kept. Thesimilarity between this [the overcrowding]situation and the Agana Barrett case is thatthe conditions that exist in these lock-upspresently are sufficient to bring about a repeatof the tragedy of 1992. It is for this reasonthat efforts have to be made at the nationallevel to address the issues faced by thecountry’s lock-ups, despite financial and otherresource constraints.Often times in the media there are publica-tions of overcrowding in lock-ups. Amongthe more common reports of overcrowdingis the Mandeville lock-up where reports weremade as recently as November 26, 2010 in theGleaner about overcrowding. This reporthighlighted that the former Custos of Man-chester, Dr. Gilbert Allen, was alarmed at theconditions at the lock-up where eighty nine(89) detainees were being held in an area builtto accommodate thirty (30) people. The saidreport went on to mention that insects wereseen inside the cell with the prisoners. This inand of itself is problematic.These reports are made in the media in spiteof a publication in the Jamaica ConstabularyForce Orders dated May 7th, 1998, Serial No.2657, which quoted the then HonourableMinister of National Security and Justice assaying: “…As a matter of Policy no lock-upin the Island is to have within it, more per-sons than the number for which it was built.This is to be achieved within two weeks ofthe date of this letter.”This publication, which was made almost 14years ago, still remains relevant today. So inessence, most lock-ups are in breach of ForcePolicy. What must be noted, however, is thatlittle or no improvements have been made tomany of these lock-ups and so theinfrastructure is overburdened in housing somany prisoners. According to a Cell Diaryentry at one police station in Kingston wherethe problem of overcrowding is, arguably,chronic, one of the sub-officers remarked:“There is also the issue of the poor state oflock-up infrastructure that has been observedfor awhile now to be in an advance state ofdeterioration and requires urgent refurbishingto efficiently continue function as a placewhere humans are held against their will.”STRESS ON POLICEPolice personnel working under theseconditions, like prisoners, are extremelystressed and as the entries in the diariesindicate, worried about the implications ofthe overcrowding, poor infrastructure andshortage of staff. In the conclusion of thetour of duty one of the Cell Guardsremarked that “[t]hey [prisoners] made nocomplaint of any illness or hunger, only theheat due to the overcrowding” – two dayslater however, a prisoner died in the saidlockup.The Force Orders (Serial No. 2657) citedearlier highlighted that the Mandevillelockups had eight (8) cells and a suggestedcapacity of twenty-four (24) prisoners, whichmeans three (3) persons per cell. Similarly, thesame document showed that the DenhamTown Police Station had a capacity of thirty(30) prisoners having six (6) cells. However,of note was that on Monday February 13,2012, the Denham Town lock-up had onrecord eighty-three (83) prisoners. This wasalmost three times its capacity. Checks madein the Station Diary revealed a plethora ofentries speaking to overcrowding and staffshortage. Entries of this nature dated as farback as 2011. As quoted in an entry at theDenham Town Police Station entitled obser-vation:It is noticeable that the … lockups is over-crowded and also there is a shortage of staffproblem. Currently there is a total of seventyfive (75) male prisoners in custody beenguarded by two police personnel… If for anyreason or reasons there is any form ofdisturbance in the cell block the staff is notadequate to bring the situation under controlbecause this compromise the safety of themembers on duty and also the safety of pris-oners…Of note too is the fact that in anovercrowded cell, it is far easier forcommunicable diseases to be transmitted. Atthat point everyone is at risk, even more sothe person whose immune system is notresilient. Hence there is the constantcomplaint of outbreaks in lockups. Asrecently as June of this year, there was areport in the media of an outbreak at theDenham Town Police Station. What must bekept in mind at all times when viewing thesituations within a lockup is the right of theindividual – that is the protection grantedunder the Constitution from degrading andinhuman treatment. These are alsoInternational Standards that ought to beadhered to. At the end of the discussion themajor points that must be then borne in mindare the resource constraints and who hasresponsibility/authority to institute changesto make them better.CELL CHECKSChecks made of the cells were frequent andin general, were in keeping with Force Policyon Cell Administration which states “wherea person is arrested (at 1 and 4) and has to beplaced in a cell, the police shall visit such pris-oner once every half-hour and each visitrecorded in the appropriate registers”.The concern here raised is the extent towhich cells are actually checked when a visitis made. It was noted that there are caseswhere a person was found unresponsivesometimes minutes after a cell wassupposedly checked.INSPECTION OF LOCK-UPSAccording to information received duringthe course of this investigation cells areinspected by the Public Health Departmentsin the various parishes. They inspect theprisons and lock-ups to ensure that they areadhering to the minimum public health“…As a matter of Policy nolock-up in the Island is tohave within it, more personsthan the number for which itwas built. This is to beachieved within two weeks ofthe date of this letter.”
  • 53Searching for truth, striving for justicestandards and are compliant with therecommendations of the inspectors. Thisinspection is done using the InstitutionalHealth Inspection Form, see Appendix B.The inspection takes into considerationaspects such as the presence or absence ofpests, and the presence or absence ofovercrowding and the safety measures thatare in place.The investigators made visits to a numberof lock-ups during the course of theinvestigation. In a number of cases there iscause for concern for the health, safety andsecurity of staff and prisoners.Requests have been made through the Min-istry of Health to access the Public HealthReports for the lock-ups, especially in caseswhere the investigators noticed that there wasa recurrence of deaths in custody over a shortperiod of time. There has been no responseto date.CONDITIONS INSIDE THE CELLThe data provided about prisoners who diein custody, and further checks in the StationDiaries, revealed that in more than oneDivision, prisoners who died in custody didso in the same cell, but at different times. Onvisits to the various Divisions, the specificcells were in a very deplorable state, as ishighlighted in the example in AppendixA. In the photograph in Appendix A, atleast three prisoners who were housedinside that were mentally ill died.ANALYSIS OF INVESTIGATIONREPORTS OF PERSONS WHO HAVEDIED IN CUSTODYAs part of this investigation theinvestigators were tasked with obtaining andanalyzing the investigation reports into thesedeaths in custody. To date attempts have beenmade to obtain same through theInspectorate Division of the JamaicaConstabulary Force. However, what wasprovided were some of the preliminaryreports that were sent off to theCommissioner of Police at the time the deathoccurred.The information contained in these reportsgenerally gives a synopsis of the prisoner toinclude when they were brought into custody,the offence for which they were charged, whothe arresting officer was, court appearancesand the history of events leading up to thedeath of the prisoner.This information certainly does notconstitute the entire investigation, but what itdoes in many cases is give information as towho was on duty at the time and any matterworth considering during the course of theinvestigation, for example, if the prisoner wastaken frequently to the hospital.What is clear having checked the preliminaryinvestigation reports and comparing theinformation in the Station and Cell Diaries, isthat there are disparities in some cases ofwhat actually took place. Hence, at face value,it is difficult to take these reports as the truestreflection of what took place without thefinal investigator’s report. In two casesanother prisoner was charged for the death incustody. This revelation led the investigatorsto request from the Inspectorate of theConstabulary further information as towhether or not anyone was charged for anyof the deaths in custody.COURT OFFICESIn the cases where contact was made withthe investigator, they did not possess a copyof their reports. All was put together in a fileand submitted for the Coroner’s Court. Inother cases, the investigating officer has sincebeen transferred to another Police Station orDivision. It is for this reason that theinvestigators took the route of requesting theinvestigation reports through the CourtsOffices.To date, all the Courts Offices where thesedeaths have occurred have been written to,with the exception of one. The investigatorsnow await word from the CourtAdministrators as to the outcome of thoserequests. nPhoto:Bing Images.
  • 54Searching for truth, striving for justiceThe Commission humbly refers to theCommissioner of Police the followingrecommendations for action (S 17 (9) and 23of the Independent Commission ofInvestigations Act):1. Within 12 months, officers, sub-officersand constables in charge of stations orlockps, receive specialised training inassessing whether a remandee may besuicidal.2. Within 6 months develop and maintain asystem of compulsory assessment ofprisoners concerning their potential risk ofsuicide.3. Within 120 days all officers who are ormay be placed on cell guard duty shouldreceive some basic training in dealing withthe mentally ill.4. Issue an order within 120 days to allmembers of the Force and in particular, toofficers and sub-officers in charge oflockups requiring that:a. prisoners in cells be checked at least 4times in an hour where the assessment ofthe prisoner suggests a risk of suicide or theprisoner is ill.b. prisoners who are believed to be sufferingfrom mental illness be separated from otherprisoners and from each other.c. the cells of prisoners who are assessed aspresenting a risk of suicide be checked toensure that the prisoner does not have accessto any item (including clothing) with whichthe prisoner may harm himself.5. Issue an order within 60 days to allmembers of the Force and in particular, toofficers and sub-officers in charge ofstations and lockups requiring that recordsof prisoners in custody be properly kept andmonitored and in particular:a. An entry should be made by the officerhanding over a prisoner and also thereceiving officer to ensure that any specialinstructions are recorded.b. Station Diaries should state clearly, on adaily basis, the names of all prisoners in eachcell. This should include the name and/ornumber of the cell, the number or personsin the cell, the given names and alias(es) ofpersons in each cell. For example [Cell #1inside are Tom Strokes o/c Stokes, JohnBrown o/c Beg Beg].c. The diary should state the movement ofall prisoners from one cell to another makingnote of the date and time and by whom theywere removed.6. Issue an order within 60 days to allmembers of the Force and in particular, toofficers and sub-officers in charge ofstations and lockups requiring that prisonerswho are sick are taken to hospital at the ear-liest possible time for treatment and thatmedication is administered as directed by aphysician.nRecommendationsnDuring the period of our study, the majorityof the persons who died in custody sufferedfrom a mental illness.n The mentally ill persons who died in custodywere all kept in inhumane and inappropriateconditions. Where cells are reserved formentally ill persons, they are, more often thannot, the worst cells. At some stations, thementally ill persons shared cells with otherinmates.n In all the cases of mentally ill persons whocommitted suicide, there was infrequent orinadequate monitoring.nIn 25 per cent of the cases, death was byapparent suicide. The victims were foundhanging, often with ligatures formed from theirown clothing.n In the cases where death was caused byinjury or illness, the victims had complainedprior to death, but their complaints were notaddressed.nRisk assessment of the prisoners emotionalor psychiatric condition was not timely orcomprehensive.nFINDINGSTHE COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS
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  • 1THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS COMMISSION’S REPORTS LOGSHEETJUNE—DECEMBER 2012NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION1 TC The complainantalleges that on the12th day ofSeptember, 2011, hewas chased in anunmarked car by aconstable attached tothe Half Way TreePolice Station. Thatthe constable askedhim to produce hisfirearm booklet forinspection but herefused on theground that:(a) the constable didnot properly identifyhimself; and(b) the constable wasnot in a markedservice vehicle.The complainantfurther alleged thatConstable attachedto the Half WayTree Police Station;andCorporal attachedto the Half WayTree Police Station.To determine whether chargeof Illegal Possession ofAmmunition was justified inthe circumstances.To determine whether theofficers behaved in anunprofessional manner.13/09/2011 statement taken fromcomplainant and a file opened forinvestigation;19/09/2011 enquiries made of theFirearms Licensing Authorityregarding the licence holding detailsof the complainant;21/09/2011 Firearms LicensingAuthority responded to inquiries ofrelevant Investigator;29/09/2011 entries relevant to theinvestigation were extracted fromthe Station Diary of the Half WayTree Police Station;30/09/2011 statement taken from awitness that was travelling in thecomplainant‟s vehicle at the time ofthe incident;3/10/2011 Notices pursuant toSection 21 of the IndependentCommission of Investigations Actfor five (5) officer to furnish writtenNo criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary actionto be taken against theCorporal and Constablebut that they should bereminded to execute theirfunctions withoutmalicious intent or in anyother manner that wouldmalign the image of theJamaica ConstabularyForce.
  • 2NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONhe was thereaftertaken to the HalfWay Tree PoliceStation where he wascharged by aCorporal for IllegalPossession ofAmmunition andAssault at CommonLaw.statements to the Commission;4/10/2011 Notices delivered to theHalf Way Tree Police Station forservice on the five (5) officers;10/10/2011 statements of four(4)of the officers noticed furnishedwritten statements to theCommission;19/10/2011 investigator madecontact with complainant‟semployer with a view to procuringthe transcript of a conversation thecomplainant had with GuardsmanAlarms Limited;8/11/2011 copy of court file inrespect of charges laid against thecomplainant was furnished to theCommission;5/12/2011 Final InvestigationReport prepared by relevantinvestigator;3/7/2012 Firearm Users FeeCertificate furnished to theCommission by the Firearms
  • 3NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONLicensing Authority.2 SJ The complainantalleges that on the19th day of January,2010, his NissanPresea was seized bythe police owing tothe absence of validcertificates ofinsurance, fitness andregistration. That hemade an attempt toretrieve his vehiclefrom the TransportAuthority Pound buthe was hinderedfrom so doing by aSergeantmisrepresentinghimself as theSuperintendent ofPolice in charge ofthe Mandeville PoliceStation. That hemade a secondattempt to get his carout of the pound butConstable of theMandeville PoliceStation;Constable of theMandeville PoliceStation; andSergeant of theMandeville PoliceStation.To determine whether theticket was lawfully issued;To determine whether thevehicle was unlawfully seized;To determine whether thepolice had acted properly inhaving the vehicle detained ata place where thecomplainant would be put tocost to retrieve said vehicle;To determine whether thepolice could have releasedthe vehicle at an earlier date;To determine whether therewas any unprofessionalconduct on the part of theSergeant for which he shouldbe held responsible.8/11/2010 statement taken fromcomplainant and a file opened forinvestigation;16/02/2011 entries relevant to theincident were extracted from theStation Diary of the MandevillePolice Station;21/01/2011 copies of complainant‟sCertificate of Fitness and MotorVehicle Registration Certificate,Transport Authority ImpoundingForm and Vehicle InspectionChecklist furnished to theCommission;7/11/2011 Final InvestigationReport prepared.No criminal charges or tobe laid or disciplinaryaction taken against any ofthe three members of theJamaica ConstabularyForce against whom thecomplaint was made.
  • 4NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONby the time thepolice had signed offon the documents,the Pound fees hadescalated beyond anamount he couldafford.3 LH The complainantalleges that on 10thday of October, 2009the he was detainedat the Hunts BayPolice Station by aDetective Sergeantattached to theHunts Bay PoliceStation forapproximately twoand a half hours tofacilitate a discussionbetween himself andthe owner of anagricultural companyto whom he wasindebted. Thecomplainant is of theopinion that theDetective Sergeantshould not haveDetective Sergeantattached to theHunts Bay PoliceStation.To determine whether theDetective Sergeant hadbehaved in an unprofessionalmanner by intervening in acivil matter.23/03/2010 statement taken fromcomplainant and file opened forinvestigation;19/04/2010 PPCA Notification ofComplaint Letter prepared andserved on Superintendent in chargeof the Saint Andrew South Divisionand copied to the sub-officer incharge of the Hunts Bay PoliceStation and the concerned officer.No response was given.13/05/2010 statement taken fromcomplainant‟s friend who witnessedsome of the occurrences betweenthe complainant, the DetectiveSergeant and the owner of theagricultural company;2/11/2010 Notice pursuant toSection 21 of the IndependentCommission of Investigations ActNo criminal charges to belaid against the DetectiveSergeant;Departmental action to betaken against the DetectiveSergeant for violation ofSection 13 of theConstabulary Force Actand JCF Code of Conduct.
  • 5NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONintervened hisindebtedness to theowner of theagricultural companyis a civil matter.prepared for service on theDetective Sergeant requiring him tofurnish a written statement touchingand concerned the circumstancesthat led to the alleged detention ofthe complainant at the Hunts BayPolice Station;10/11/2010 the Detective Sergeantfurnished a statement to theCommission as required by theNotice;6/01/2011 a provisional FinalInvestigation Report prepared byInvestigator pending receipt offurther evidence;21/07/2011, entries were copiedfrom the Movement Diary and DutyForecast Book of the Hunts BayPolice Station to confirm whetherthe Detective Sergeant was on dutyon the 10th day of October, 2009 asalleged by the complainant;8/08/2011Investigator madeenquiries of agricultural company todetermine whether a debt betweenitself and the complainant existed;
  • 6NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION17/08/2011 Notice pursuant toSection 21 of the IndependentCommission of Investigations Actprepared for service on theDetective Sergeant requiring him toattend Commission to answerquestions upon earth concerningalleged detention of thecomplainant;25/08/2011 agricultural companyfurnished information tosubstantiate existence of debt;30/08/2011 Section 21 Interviewconducted with the DetectiveSergeant;8/11/2011, investigation completedand full Final Investigation ReportPrepared.4 DH The complainantalleges that on the 8thSergeant of theMotorized patrolTo determine whether thecomplainant‟s allegations as13/07/2010 statement was takenfrom the complainant and a fileNo criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary action
  • 7NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONday of July, 2010 aSergeant attached tothe Motorized PatrolDivision assisted hisfiancée and landladyto evict him fromtwo rooms he wasoccupying.Division. to the misconduct of theSergeant has been made out.opened for investigation;01/12/2010 a Notice pursuant toSection 21 of the IndependentCommission of Investigations Actprepared to be served on theconcerned officer.;14/12/2010 the concerned officerfurnished a written statement to theCommission in compliance with thenotice;27/07/2011 further Noticeprepared and served on concernedofficer for him to attend a Section21 Interview; and31/07/2011 Section 21 Interviewconducted with the concernedofficer;15/11/2011 Final InvestigationReport Prepared by investigator.to be taken againstconcerned officer inrespect of complainant‟sallegations.Without prejudice areminder should be givento the concerned officerthat he should not as apolice officer be involvedin civil matters.5 JM Complainant allegesthat on 21/04/10 hewas stopped andticketed for notwearing seatbelt eventhough his seat beltSpecial Corporaland SpecialConstable attachedto the DarlingStreet PoliceTo determine whether theticket was lawfully issued;To determine whether thetreatment of complainantwhile detained conformed to10/04/10 statement taken fromcomplainant;30/04/10 station diary entriescopied;11/05/10 Notification of complaintDepartmental inquiry beheld to determine whetherconcerned officersbreached for policy asregards treatment of
  • 8NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONwas strapped acrosshis lower body. Thathe refused to taketicket and wasarrested and placedin custody andthereafter brought tohospital due toillness. That policeofficer tried to takehim away fromhospital on groundthat he would not begetting out-of-stationbailStation. JCF policy regardingtreatment of detainedpersons;To determine whetherconduct of Corporal andConstable at Hospitalbreached law or JCF Policy.letter sent to Commandant in chargeof the Island Special ConstabularyForce and Commander of DarlingStreet Police Station and toconcerned officers;20/07/11 Final Investigation Reportprepared.detained persons;Force policy regulatingprocedure for grating bailwas breached andconsequent disciplinaryaction if findings positive.7 CS The complainantalleges that he wasthe landlord of theconcerned officerwho threatened himand told himexpletives. That hewanted theconcerned officer toquit his premises.Corporal attachedto the Hunts BayPolice Station.To determine whether theCommission had thejurisdiction to investigate thecomplaint and, if not,whether any and what coursewould have been open to thecomplainant.17/11/2010 statement was takenfrom the complainant and a fileopened for investigation;20/01/2011 statement taken fromthe complainant‟s father;16/02/2011 Notice pursuant toSection 21 of the IndependentCommission of Investigations anddelivered for service at the HuntsBay Police Station;22/02/2011 Notice served onNo criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary actionto be taken againstconcerned officer.
  • 9NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONconcerned officer;02/03/2011 written statement wassubmitted by concerned officer;07/11/2011 Investigator prepared aFinal Investigation Report.8 EG The complainantalleges that on the 6thday of October, 2010a Special Corporalstopped his vehicleand told him that hehad one too manypassengers in thefront of his PublicPassenger Vehicle.That the SpecialCorporal told adriver behind him anumber of expletivesand that he was giventhe same treatmentwhen he told himthat that was not theway to behave. Thatthe Special Corporalgave him a ticket andSpecial Corporalattached to the HalfWay Tree transportCentre Police Post.To determine whether theticket in question waslawfully issued.To determine whether theSpecial Corporal contraveneda law or policy of the JamaicaConstabulary Force by failingto return the documents afterexamining them on the 6thday of October, 2010.To determine whether theSpecial Corporal breached apolicy of the JamaicaConstabulary Force by virtueof his alleged use ofinvectives to thecomplainant.8/10/2010 statement taken fromcomplainant and a file opened forinvestigation;15/10/2010 further statement wastaken from the complainant;15/06/2011 complainant wascontacted to provide his witness togive a statement to the Commission.30/04/2012 Final InvestigationReport prepared by Investigator.No criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary actionto be taken against theSpecial Corporal.
  • 10NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONretained hisdocuments until the14th day of October,2010.9 GS The complainantalleges that on the14th September,2012, he went to pickup his son when aSpecial Constable gotinto an altercationwith him whichresulted in him beingshot in the chest.Special Constableattached to 14Barnett Street,Montego Bay, St.James.To determine whethercriminal charges may be laidagainst the Special Constablefor shooting the complainanton September 14, 2012.15/9/12 statement taken fromcomplainant‟s mother and witnessto the incident;17/9/12 statement taken from three(3) witnesses to the incident andentry extracted from Station Diaryat Kingsvale Police Station,Hanover.19/9/12 statement taken fromcomplainant while in hospital;24/9/12 statement received fromconcerned officer;3/10/12 further statements takenfrom three (3) witnesses;8/10/12 Medical Certificate inrespect of complainant‟s injuriesreceived;2/11/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.Concerned Officer to becharged with AttemptedMurder or wounding withintent in respect of secondshot fired at complainant;Concerned Officer to becharged with shooting withintent in respect of the firstshot he fired at thecomplainant;Concerned Officer to beput on interdiction orsuspension from the IslandConstabulary Forcepending the outcome of aprosecution.
  • 11NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION10 CW o.b.o. JO Complainant allegesthat on August 3rd,2010, she was toldthat a constableattached to the MayPen Police Stationused his gun to hither son, JM on hisforehead over hiseyes, causing awound.Constable attachedto the May PenPolice StationNone; complainant havingintimated that she no longerwished to pursue complaintdue to family ties withconcerned officer.6/12/10 complainant contacted butfailed to answer her phone or returninvestigator‟s call;8/8/11 complainant contacted andshe expressed that she has nofurther interest in the matter.Complainant advised to attendCommission to complete prescribedWithdrawal Form. She did notattend.3/11/11 Final Investigation ReportPrepared.No criminal charges ordisciplinary action to betaken against concernedofficer.11 AA Complainant allegesthat she wasassaulted by aConstable after beingput in a car to betransported to theMontego Bay PoliceStation on a chargeof Possession of anOffensive Weapon.Constable thenattached to theMontego Bay PoliceStation but nowdeceased.To determine whetherconcerned officer could havebeen charged for Assault; andTo determine whether othermembers of the beat partycould be subject todisciplinary action.18/03/11 complainant‟s furnishedMedical Certificate to Commissionand statement taken from her;25/3/11 Section 21 Notice sent toconcerned officer for statement tobe furnished regarding the incident;Statement of concerned officerreceived on 3/5/11;11/4/11 statement taken from awitness to the incident;25/8/11 complainant withdrewcomplaint because concernedNo criminal charges ordisciplinary action to betaken against concernedofficer due to his death;Based on evidence inMedical certificate whichsubstantiated assault,disciplinary action shouldbe taken against two (2)members of beat partybecause they condoned theassault.
  • 12NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONofficer had died.9/02/12 Section 21 Notice sent toother members of the beat party toanswer questions upon oath;24/02/12 interview conducted withone member of beat party;24/04/12 interview conducted withone member of beat party;25/5/12 interview conducted withtwo members of the beat party.12 LM Complainant allegesthat on March 22,2010 three (3)policemen came toher home at theinstance of herlandlord for thepurpose of serving aNotice to Quit onher. One Constableentered her home inher absence andinvaded the privacyof her children.Constables attachedto the May PenPolice Station.To determine whether theconstables breached a law ora policy of the JCF by actingas they did in relation to thecomplainant on 22/03/10.7/9/112 statement of complainanttaken;14/10/10 statement obtained fromone concerned officer;17/10/10 statement obtained fromone concerned officer;18/10/10 statement obtained fromthird concerned officer;28/10/10 statement taken fromcomplainant‟s landlord;11/11/10 statement received frommember of the JCF to whom theNo criminal charges to belaid against two (2) ofconcerned officers inrespect of complaint; therebeing no evidence tosuggest that they actedoutside the scope of theirauthority; andDisciplinary action betaken against concernedofficer who entered thehouse of the complainant.
  • 13NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONcomplainant and her children madea report and pointed out one of theconcerned officers;29/12/11 Final Investigation Reportprepared.13 KALL Complainant allegesthat on 9/3/11sheattended theMandeville PoliceStation where theSuperintendentthreatened to kill her.Further on 18/3/11while in Mandeville aconstable uttered athreat upon the lifeof her brother in herpresence.Superintendentattached to theMandeville PoliceStation; andConstable attachedto the MandevillePolice StationTo determine whetherSuperintendent‟s wordsamounted to a threat and, ifso, whether criminal chargesmay be brought against himor internal disciplinarymeasures taken;To determine whether theconstable‟s words amount toa threat on the life of thecomplainant‟s brother.21/3 11 complainant gave statementto Commission;11/4/11 Section 21 Notice sent toSuperintendent and Constableattached to Mandeville PoliceStation;11/05/11 complainant signed theprescribed Withdrawal of ComplaintForm indicating that she has nofurther interest in the complaint;24/5/11 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary actionto be taken againstSuperintendent orConstable.14 GB Complainant allegesthat on 01/10/11 hewas stopped by aSpecial Sergeant anda ticket written forfailure to use hisindicator. He wasasked to sign theNot identified ofDarling StreetPolice Station.To determine whether thecomplainant‟s arrest waslawful and, if so, whethermore force than necessarywas used in effecting it; andTo determine whetherdisciplinary action could be3/10/11 complainant attended theCommission and gave a statement;4/10/11 complainant withdrewcomplaint on ground that hecommunicated with thesuperintendent in charge of theDarling Street Police Station andNo criminal charges ordisciplinary action to betaken against any memberof the ISCF attached to theDarling Street PoliceStation as complainantindicated that he had nodesire for investigations to
  • 14NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONticket without beingable to read it. Thecomplainant refusedand the SpecialSergeant refused toreturn hisdocuments. TheSpecial Sergeant thenshoved thedocuments oncomplainant causinghis Driver‟s Licenceto fall. While bendingdown to pick up hisDL the SpecialSergeant threw theticket at him whichfell. The SpecialSergeant thengrabbed his pants inthe waist and toldhim that he would becharged for littering.taken against the concernedofficers on account ofunbecoming conduct hadthey been identified.had been satisfied by same.6/10/11 Final Investigation Reportprepared.continue.15 DD o.b.o. KW Complainant allegesthat her son on9/12/09 the policedetained her son atthe GreaterPortmore PoliceUnidentified of theGreater PortmorePolice Station.Whether detention of9/12/09 was unlawful; andWhether behaviour ofunidentified officer towardscomplainant on 14/12/1021/12/10 statement taken fromcomplainant;Many attempts were made tocontact complainant from 4/1/11to16/2/11 which proved futile;No criminal charges ordisciplinary action be takenagainst any member of theJCF in respect of thecomplaint as:
  • 15NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONStation where he washeld in custody forten (10) days withoutbeing charged. Hewas against takenaway on December14, 2010 along withanother of her sons.When she went tothe GreaterPortmore PoliceStation, a policeofficer told her toleave and that if shecame within 100 feetof the station hewould tear gas her.could amount to conductunbecoming.18/2/11 checks made at the GreaterPortmore Police Station to locate anentry relative to any of the incidentscomplained of; none was located;13/4/11 investigator visitedcomplainant‟s address with a view tolocating her. However, he did not;5/‟5/11 several calls made tocomplainant for purpose of makingarrangements for a furtherstatement to be taken as her initialstatement was void of sufficientdetail;6/5/11 complainant indicated thatshe was no longer interested inpursuing the complaint;15/9/11 Final Investigation Reportprepared(a) no sufficientevidence exists inrelation to theincidentscomplained of;(b) noidentificationevidence exists inrespect of theconcernedofficer; and(c) thecomplainant wasunwilling to assistthe Commissionin its bid toinvestigate thiscomplaint16 OW Alleges that he wasthreatened by amember of theIdentified asConstable GarnettPalmer but no suchTo determine whether the actof the unidentified police10/11/10 Investigator attempted toserve Section 21 Notice and hefound out that only females in theNo criminal charges ordisciplinary action to betaken against any member
  • 16NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONJamaica ConstabularyForce while he was athis cook shop inMcIntyre Villa. TheJCF memberallegedly entered thecook shopaccompanied bymembers of the JDFand pointed hisfirearm in his facetelling him it wouldonly be a matter oftime etc.person exists in theJCF.officer amounted to assault. Kingston Easter Division had thename Palmer;5/5/11 to 17/9/11 attempts madeto contact the complainant butproved futile;31/10/11 Provisional FinalInvestigation Report Prepared;9/1/12 Commission directed thatfurther enquiries be made in aneffort to identify the concernedofficer;10/2/12 Further inquiries made andefforts to contact the complainantfor collecting a further statement.Attempts were futile;5/7/12 Final Investigation Report –prepared.of the JCF due to want ofidentification.17 GW o.b.o. D.Band R.D.(deceased)The deceased wasfatally shot bymembers of theSpanish Town PoliceStation OperationalSupport Team onAugust 13, 2010.Police Officers allegeEight (8) membersattached to theSpanish TownPolice Station.To determine whether thedeceased right to life wasbreached;To determine the existenceof sufficient evidence toestablish criminal culpabilityof the concerned officers;Initially conducted by the BSI andJCF TSD.Very extensive investigation wasconducted by INDECOMproducing a 51 page report.Two members of theSpanish Town PoliceStation OperationalSupport Unit to becharged for murder. Rulingof the DPP sought interms;
  • 17NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONthat the men werekilled in a shootoutwith the police whilecivilian witnessesallege that the menwere taken fromtheir homes andkilled.Scrutinize the procedures ofthe operation, including theAdministrative Review to seewhether any internationalbest practice or JCF policywas breached and, if so, torefer the breach to theappropriate authority; andMake recommendations toimprove JCF operations andpractices.Solicitor General toconsider issue ofcompensation as D.B. andR.D.‟s right to life wasbreached.18. DS Complainant allegesthat her sister wasunlawfully arrestedand charged forunlawful woundingof a woman that hadgotten into analtercation withthem. Thecomplainant allegesfurther that she alongwith her motherwere treated uncivillyby the investigatingofficer when theywent to inquirewhether a complaintCorporal attachedto the AdmiralTown PoliceStation.To determine whether thearrest of MT was lawful inthe circumstances; andTo determine whether theCorporal‟s actions breachedany police of the JCF or anylaw of the Island of Jamaica.14/5/10 statements taken from thecomplainant and her mother.15/5/10 extracts taken from StationDiary at the Admiral Town PoliceStation;9/6/10 statement taken from MT,the Complainant‟s sister;30/8/10 Statement of Corporalreceived;Final Investigation Report prepared1/9/10; and9/8/12 Court file from CorporateArea Resident Magistrates CourtCorporal be given awarning to comply withJCF policy on criminalinvestigations.
  • 18NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONhad been made at theAdmiral Town PoliceStation by the personalleging unlawfulwounding.received19 AD Complainant allegesthat on 4/7/11 shewas held at theYallahs PoliceStation forquestioning regardinga stolen BlackberrySmartphone and wasassaulted by aConstable attachedto the Yallahs PoliceStation.Constable attachedto the YallahsPolice StationTo determine whether theconstable used more forcethan necessary when heattempted to restrain thecomplainant to allegedlyprevent her from leaving thestation on the two (2)occasions he tried to do so;andIf answer to first isaffirmative, to determinewhether the constable couldbe charged for assault.6/7/11 statement taken fromcomplainant;16/7/11 entries were extracted fromthe Station Diary of the YallahsPolice Station;9/9/11 Constable submitted hisstatement to the Commission;2/9/12 complainant withdrew hercomplaint on grounds that she wasno longer living in the area wherethe assault occurred and had noreason to fear the constableanymore;28/6/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charges be laidagainst Constable; andConstable to be retrainedin handcuffing procedureswithin the next 6 monthsand Commission to beadvised accordingly.20 DP Complainant allegedthat he was searchedin Half Way Tree bymembers of the JCFand draped in theNot identified bycomplainantWhether policy of the JCFrelevant to the search ofpersons was breached; andWhether the concernedNo investigation undertaken due towant of identification evidence.3/8/11 complainant withdrew hiscomplaint.No criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary actiontaken against any memberof the JCF.
  • 19NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONback of his pants andtook him to amarked police vanwithout telling himwhy they were doingso.officer has complied with thelaw governing the search of aperson and, if not, whetheran assault had beencommitted.21 KS Complainant allegesthat on 11/3/11 hewas arrested andcharged by a femaleofficer failing to givehis name andaddress.Woman Constableattached to theMontego Bay PoliceStation.Whether the complainant‟sarrest was lawful; and „Whether the womanconstable behaved in amanner unbecoming amember of the JCF22/3/11 statement taken fromcomplainant;1/7/11 statement of womanconstable received;5/9/11 entries extracted from theStation Diary and Prisoner Chargeand Property Book of the MontegoBay Police Station;14/9/11 Final Investigation Reportprepared;19/12/11 Montego Bay ResidentMagistrates Court confirmed thatthe complainant had been foundguilty of the charge laid against himby the concerned woman constable.No criminal charges ordisciplinary action takenagainst the womanconstable in respect of thiscomplaint as she exercisedthe powers and discretionvested in her properly.22 GI Complainant allegesthat on 29/12/07 hisSergeant andConstables of theTo determine whether policeofficers who seized truck28/08/09 statement taken fromcomplainant;Complainant to be advisedto pursue his civil
  • 20NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONtruck was seized bySergeant on groundthat it was used inconnection with alarceny of scrapmetals. That thetruck was held incustody until21/09/08 until it wasdestroyed on thepolice stationcompound by fire.Golden GrovePolice Station, St.Thomas/breached JCF policyregarding impounding andseizure of vehicles or anyother law;To determine circumstancesunder which the truck wasdestroyed;To determine whetherconstables were and sergeantwere negligent in causingtruck to be destroyed.5/08/09 Notification letters sent toofficer in charge of Golden GrovePolice Station and to concernedofficers;22/03/10 diary entries and otherrelevant entries copied;Inquiries made of St. ThomasResident Magistrates Court whetherMagistrate made order for truck tobe released; andFinal Investigation Report prepared.remedies;Disciplinary action to betaken against concernedofficers who seized truckto ensure deterrent fromarbitrary seizure andbreach of JCF Policy.23 HS Complainant allegesthat on 31/1/11 aSergeant attached tothe Denham TownPolice Stationsearched herpremises withoutshowing her awarrant. That on17/5/11 asuperintendentattached to theDenham TownPolice Stationsearched herpremises andSergeant attached tothe Denham TownPolice Station; andSuperintendentattached to theDenham TownPolice Station.Whether lawful searches ofthe complainant‟s premiseshad been conducted on31/1/11 and 17/5/11.Whether any policy of theJCF was breached by themanner in which the searchwas allegedly carried out.25/5/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;14/6/11 statement taken fromwitness to the search of thecomplainant‟s premises on 17/5/11;6/6/12 Final Investigation ReportPrepared.Departmental enquiry tobe held into circumstancessurrounding the search ofthe complainant‟s premiseson 17/5/11; andSolicitor general toconsider the issue ofcompensation in respect ofdestruction ofcomplainant‟s property.
  • 21NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONdestroyed some ofher belongings.24 FL Complainant allegesthat on 10/3/12 hewas arrested by aWoman SpecialSergeant andassaulted by a SpecialInspector of theLucea Police Station.Woman SpecialSergeant and SpecialInspector attachedto the Lucea PoliceStation.Whether the complainant‟sarrest was lawful; andWhether Special Inspectormay be charged for assault.14/3/12 statement taken from thecomplainant;7/512 concerned officers furnishedtheir statements;9/5/12 complainant‟s MedicalCertificate received;28/5/12 Special Inspector‟s MedicalCertificate received;28/6/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against theconcerned officer as thecomplainant‟s arrest was alawful one.25 FH Complainant allegesthat 26/7/11 he wasarrested by aConstable attachedto the Red HillsPolice Station forPossession of anOffensive Weaponand kept in custodyfor four days withoutbeing taken to court.Constable attachedto the Red HillsPolice Station.To determine whether thecomplainant was lawfullyarrested;To determine whether thecomplainant‟s detention for aperiod of four days waslawful; and12/8/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;23/8/11 further statement takenfrom the complainant;24/8/11 entries copied from StationDiary of the Red Hills PoliceStation;20/9/11 statement taken fromtenant of the complainant‟spremises and witness to incident ofDepartmental enquiry tobe held into circumstancessurrounding complainant‟sdetention for four dayswithout observance ofSection 15 of theConstabulary Force Act inrespect of persons arrestedwithout a warrant;
  • 22NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION26/7/11;12/12/11 Corporate Area RMCourt advised that complainant‟smatter was withdrawn and thecomplainant discharged;15/8/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.26 FB Alleges that on13/9/11, a constableattached to theConstant SpringPolice Station struckhim with a batonthree times while hewas in a cell at theConstant SpringPolice Lock-up.Constable attachedto the ConstantSpring PoliceStation.Whether unlawful force wasused by the constant againstthe complainant in relation tothe complainant‟s allegedboisterous behaviour; andTo determine whethercriminal charges may be laidagainst the constable.13/9/11 statement taken from thecomplainant and photographs of hisinjuries;5/10/11 further statement takenfrom complainant;11/11/11 entries copied from theStation Diary of the Constant SpringPolice Station;29/3/12 Video IdentificationParade conducted;23/4/12 Complainant‟s MedicalCertificate received;31/7/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.Constable to be chargedfor Assault.27 GM The complainantalleges that onConstable attachedto the Port AntonioTo determine whether theconcerned officer may be9/1/12 statement of complainant Matter should be sent tomediation. The Director of
  • 23NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION7/1/12 while at hisCook Shop, aConstable of thePort Antonio PoliceStation approachedhim and accused himof uttering expletivelanguage to him. Thecomplainant deniedthe accusation andthe constable thenassaulted thecomplainant byadministering blowsto the left side of hisface and pulling hisfirearm threateningto kill him.Police Station. charged for assault. and witnesses taken;Statements of concerned officer andpolice witness furnished on17/2/12.Final Investigation Report preparedon 11/4/12Public Prosecutions to beconsulted on saidrecommendation.28 LG The complainantalleges that on5/5/10 he was on hisway to Kingstonwhen a trucktravelling in theopposite directioncame to his side ofthe road, hitting hiscar. A Sergeant,Woman CorporalSergeant andCorporal attachedto the Santa CruzPolice Station.To determine whether thecorporal conduct theaccident investigation in aprofessional manner and inaccordance with thestandards of the JCF.17/5/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;17/7/10 statement of corporalreceived;26/11/10 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No disciplinary action tobe taken against theCorporal.
  • 24NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONand Constableattended the scene.The Sergeantinspected hisdocuments and saidthat there was nofault on his part. TheSergeant then toldhim to proceed tothe Santa Cruz PoliceStation where hewould take hisstatement. When theCorporal arrived atthe police station, heinformed thecomplainant that heheard that thecomplainant wassleeping at the timeof the accident. TheCorporal did not takethe complainant‟sstatement butcharged him forcareless driving toappear in court on14/5/10.
  • 25NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION29 SC The complainantalleges that on16/9/10 she wasthreatened by aSpecial Constablewith him she hadbeen in an intimaterelationship forseven months prior.The threat occurredwhen she called himwhether he had cuther house keys and,when she did so theofficer said “…yuhknow say me aguhshoot yuh”.Special Constableattached to the Area4 HeadquartersTo determine whether therespondent threatened thecomplainant as alleged.20/9/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;29/11/10 statement fromrespondent received;13/10/11 Final Investigation Reportprepared.Special Constable to besubject to internaldisciplinary proceedings.30 SD The complainantalleges that on1/7/10 she wasassaulted by aDetective Sergeantattached to theConstant SpringPolice Station whileshe was there tomake inquiries as towhy her sons werearrested and taken toDetective Sergeantattached to theConstant SpringPolice Station.To determine whether thecomplainant was assaulted asalleged.7/7/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;9/9/10 statement received fromDetective Sergeant concerned;23/8/10 statement received fromofficer who arrested thecomplainant‟s sons.No criminal charges ordisciplinary action to betaken against theconcerned officer.
  • 26NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONthe Constant SpringPolice Station. Whenher son identified theofficer who hadtaken him to thestation, the DetectiveSergeant pushed herin her chest into thestation yard.31 FAB 14/9/09 she was athome when two (2)police officers and abusiness partner ofher son attendedthere to pick up anitem of furniture.When they enteredthe house, thebusiness partnerattacked her andassaulted her. Thetwo police officersdid nothing to stopthe assault.Constable attachedto the MotorizedPatrol Division.To determine whether theconstable neglected to act inaccordance with his duty asalleged by the complainant.16/9/09 statement taken from thecomplainant;Statement received from oneconcerned officer.16/6/11 complainant withdrewcomplaint.25/3/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charge be laidor disciplinary action betaken against concernedofficer.32 AN Complainant allegesthat on 30/6/10 shewent to her cousin‟sproperty at SevenConstable attachedto the May Penpolice Station.To determine whethercomplainant had beenassaulted as alleged.5/7/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;Identification issues prevent furtherNo criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against the
  • 27NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONRoad, May Penwhere she realisedthat a police searchwas being conducted.An officer present,pepper sprayed hereyes and the rest ofher body renderingher temporarilyblind.investigation;Complainant failed to give furtherstatement; and11/11/11 Final InvestigationReport.concerned officer.33 BS The complainantalleges that on23/6/11 he wastalking with one WCwhen a police officercame up to WC andstarted to punch WCin his head and hithis head on a metalcontainer. When thecomplainant told theman to stop, the manturned around andhit him on the leftside of his face anddrew his gun.Detective Corporalattached to the MayPen Police Station.To determine whether thecomplainant had beenassaulted without legaljustification.14/6/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;5/9/11 statement received fromconcerned officer;No medical certificate received fromthe complainant;7/11/11 complainant withdrewcomplaint;22/12/11 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charges ordisciplinary action be takenagainst the concernedofficer.34 SJ The complainantalleges that he was atNot positively To determine whether thecomplainant had been24/10/11 statement taken from the File to be closed and thematter is now before and
  • 28NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONa bar taking a drinkwhen the bartender(a female whoallegedly liked him)called the policetelling them that hehad been smokingganja. When thepolice came theyfound nothing of thesort on his personbut, was informedthat he would betaken to the NewportPolice Station.Thereafter, theboyfriend of thebartender attendedthe station andinformed the policeofficers that hefound ganja and aratchet knife in thebar. The policeofficers insisted thatit belonged to himand charged him forpossession and ganjaand possession of anoffensive weapon.identified. unlawfully arrested andcharged.complainant;No statement from concernedofficers as they were not identifiedby complainant;13/3/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.will be addressed by thecourt.
  • 29NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONHe went to court andthe matter had beencalled up andadjourned manytimes because theofficers did notattend court. He waslater told that awarrant had beenissued for hisgrandfather for hisfailure to attendcourt.35 SG The complainantalleges that on8/7/11 she visited aDeputySuperintendentregarding a matterthat she hadpreviously reportedto him; particularly,the appropriation of$300,000 from her bya woman and her sonwith whom sheentered an agreementfor the purchase of acar. She states thatDeputySuperintendentattached to theSpanish TownPolice StationTo determine whether thebehaviour of the DSP istantamount to conductunbecoming.11/7/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;21/7/11 statement taken from thecomplainant‟s witness;22/9/11 complainant withdrewcomplaint;27/1/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against concernedofficer.
  • 30NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONthe DSPdiscourteously toldher that she shouldget an Attorney andtake the woman andher son to court.36 AC The complainantalleges that on11/2/11 he wasdriving in the vicinityof Rain Forest SeaFoods in Mandevillewhen he saw twopolice men in themiddle of the road.He then asked them“how unuh stand upinna di road suh likeunuh a truck”. Herepeated same on therequest one of theofficers‟s and thendrove off. He wasridden down andasked to pull over.After an argumentdeveloped, theofficer grabbed himby the waist of hisSpecial Corporalattached to theMandeville PoliceStation.To determine whether theconcerned officer assaultedthe complainant as is alleged.15/2/11 statement take from thecomplainant;Statement received fromcomplainant;13/2/11 complainant‟s medicalcertificate received;Final investigation Report prepared.Special Corporal to becharged with Assault,ruling of the Director ofPublic Prosecutions to besought in terms.
  • 31NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONpants and pulled himfrom the vehicle andwhen he retaliated bypulling the officer inhis pants, the officertook his helmet fromhis head and hit thecomplainant on hisforehead.37 DM Complainant allegesthat on 8/7/11avendor, UC waschased by a SpecialConstable whograbbed her in thefront of her blouse,exposing her privateparts. The vendor‟sson intervened andeased off the officer‟shand. Both personswere arrested alongwith thecomplainant.Special Constableattached to theMandeville PoliceStation.To determine whether theSpecial Constable assaultedUC, her son and thecomplainant; andTo determine whether theSpecial Constable unlawfullyarrested the complainant.26/7/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;Statement of concerned officerreceived;Final Investigation Report prepared.No criminal charges ordisciplinary action be takenagainst concerned officerin relation to complainant‟scomplaint; andIn relation of the assault ofthe UC‟s son, concernedofficer is to be charged forAssault at Common Law.38 EM The complainantalleged that on5/2/09 he was shotby a civilian atDetective Sergeantand Corporal of theMay Pen PoliceTo determine whether theconcerned officers may bemade accountable forcorruption, unbecoming24/3/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;No criminal charges ordisciplinary action be takenagainst the concerned
  • 32NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONBrazeleto Quarry Sitein Clarendon. Hewas then escorted tothe Lionel TownHospital fortreatment. ADetective Sergeantinvestigating thematter reported thata gun was found atthe scene belongingto him and, he wascharged for IllegalPossession of aFirearm. He believesthat there was aconspiracy betweenthe civilian and thepolice officer.Station. conduct or tampering withevidence.Ballistics Certificate received;Final Investigation Report prepared.officers.39 NE The complainantalleges that on5/1/11 her husbandinformed her thatpolice officers fromthe Spanish TownPolice Station cameto her house,searched it andremoved a computerUnidentified ofSpanish TownPolice Station.To determine whether thepolice officer‟s unlawfullyentered the complainant‟spremises; andTo determine whether thecomplainant‟s belongingswere unlawfully seized.10/1/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;23/9/11 complainant withdrewcomplaint as she had gone to thestation and retrieved herpossessions;Final Investigation Report prepared.No criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against any memberof the JCF.
  • 33NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONand a printerbelonging to her andinformed him thattheir son had beeninvolved in arobbery. They havenot been returned.40 NS The complainantalleges that on18/5/11 her goat kidhad been killed byher neighbour, JW‟sdog who is a policeofficer. When JWwas informed of thehappening, shefetched her brotherwho came to thescene with a machetethreatening thecomplainant anddenying that the doghas killed the kid. Inthe course of theargument, JW‟sbrother used hismachete to hit thecomplainant on herforehead. JW didUnidentifiedofficers at theSiloah PoliceStation.To determine whether theofficers at the Siloah PoliceStation neglected their dutyto investigate thecomplainant‟s allegations.21/6/11 complainant‟s statementtaken;Medical certificate of thecomplainant received;22/7/11 investigator confirmed thatJW‟s brother was before the SantaCruz Resident Magistrates Court ona charge of assault;9/11/11 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No disciplinary action betaken or criminal chargesbe laid against theconcerned officers;The neglect of duty of JWto be referred to theDirector of PublicProsecutions for a ruling.
  • 34NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONnothing to preventthe assault.41 SC The complainantalleges that on19/12/10 he wasarrested and detainedat the WilliamsfieldPolice Station onsuspicion of murder.His cellular phonehad been seized andupon his release itwas not returned.Sergeant attached tothe WilliamsfieldPolice Station.To determine whether thecomplainant was unlawfullydetained.3/1/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;Final Investigation Report preparedon 2/5/12The complainant shall beadvised to pursue his civilremedies.42 AW The complainantalleges that aConstable attachedto the ChristianaPolice Station withwhom he had livedremoved 9 items offurniture andcrockery from hispremises without hisknowledge anddestroyed otheritems of hisfurniture.Constable attachedto the ChristianaPolice Station.To determine whether theConstable maliciouslydestroyed property belongingto the complainant or stoleitems belonging to thecomplainant.11/4/09 statement taken from thecomplainant;14/12/10 statement taken fromconcerned officer;Further statement taken fromcomplainant on 14/10/11;3/4/09 entries copies from StationDiary at Christina Police Stationextracted;Final Investigation Report prepared.No criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action takenagainst the concernedofficer.
  • 35NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION43 AK The complainantalleges that on4/1/11 she learnt ofher son‟s death andwent to the MilkRiver Police Stationto enquire of thecircumstancessurrounding herson‟s death. She wasdirected to DetectiveM who told her thather son had beenshot in self defence.She states that sinceJune, 2011 she hasheard nothing morefrom Detective Meven though sheinformed him thatshe needed a FormD to register herson‟s death.Detective attachedto the Lionel TownPolice Station.To determine whether theDetective M neglected hisduty as alleged.5/7/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;22/7/11 Detective M promised tocomplete Form D and give copy tothe complainant to have her son‟sdeath registered;19/12/11 Complainant advised asto readiness of Form D;9/1/12 file concerningcomplainant‟s son‟s death was sentto Coroner‟s Court;2/5/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against theconcerned officer.44 AW The complainantalleges that aSergeant whose son‟smother he‟s in arelationship with hasthreatened him onSergeant of Police. To determine whether thethreat is made out in thecircumstances.6/9/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;29/10/10 statement of concernedofficer received;29/12/11 Final Investigation ReportMatter to be settled byinformal resolution;No criminal charges ordisciplinary action be takenagainst concerned officer.
  • 36NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONnumerous occasionsthat he will kill himand let him pay forthe seven (7) years hewasted with hisestranged son‟smother.prepared.45 HE The complainantalleges that on25/7/11 he had toleave his car on aprivate property dueto the inclementweather which hadcaused the road to beimpassable. Thefollowing day helearnt that the policehad removed the car.The car was taken tothe Four Paths PoliceStation and thecomplainant hadbeen informed thathe would have to pay$15,000.00 for thecar to be released. Hebelieves the car wasSergeant of Police To determine whether thecomplainant‟s vehicle wasunlawfully seized.27/7/11 a statement was takenfrom the complainant;Final Investigation Report prepared.No criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary actiontaken against concernedofficer.
  • 37NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONunlawfully seized.46 MR The complainantalleges that hisfirearm was seizedon charges of IllegalPossession of aFirearm in 2001 andto date it has notbeen returned tohim. He learnt that itwas stored in anInspector‟s draw atthe Christiana PoliceStation.Inspector attachedto the ChristianaPolice Station.To determine whether thecomplainant‟s weapon wasstored in the prescribedmanner and whether theInspector acted improperlyunder the circumstances.17/3/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;26/10/10 Letter received fromSuperintendent of police in chargeof Manchester Divisioncommunicating that the firearm wasin safe custody at the ManchesterDivisional Armoury;Final Investigation Report prepared.No criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary actiontaken against concernedofficer.47 DC The complainantalleges that sometimein April 2010 armedmen came to thehouse of an elderlylady and asked forone „W‟. He went tothe Port AntonioPolice Station andreported it but theydid not act on hisreport and as a resultthe men wereUnidentifiedofficers of the PortAntonio PoliceStation.To determine whetherofficers of the Port AntonioPolice Station neglected theirduty by failing to act on thecomplainant‟s report29/6/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;9/9/10 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary actiontaken against concernedofficers.
  • 38NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONallowed to escape.48 JC The complainantalleges that 14/10/10he accompanied afriend to Janga Gullyand on their returnthey saw a police jeepat the end of theJanga gull roadtravelling in theopposite direction.They police jeepturned back andbegan to follow themand they pulled overand exited the car ascommanded. Theywere taken to thePort Antonio PoliceStation andinterrogated abouthis girlfriend withwho he had hadsexual intercoursewhen she visited hiswork place. He wastaken to theMachaneeal PoliceStation where he wasWoman Corporaland SpecialConstable attachedto the Port AntonioPolice Station.To determine whether thecomplainant‟s arrest anddetention was unlawful.Statement taken from witness SKon 16/10/10;Statement taken from complainanton 22/7/11;Statement taken from witness AFon 10/8/11;Statement of Special Constablereceived on 17/8/11;Statement of Woman Corporalreceived on 18/8/11;Statement taken from police witness(Sergeant DC);Final Investigation Report preparedon 7/2/12.The Commissionrecommends that thecomplainant be advised topursue his civil remedies ashis detention was unlawfuldue to the failure of thepolice to follow thestatutory procedureapplicable to personsarrested without a warrant.
  • 39NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONdetained until16/10/10.49 LM The complainantalleges that on6/9/10 he saw aSpecial Constableand a team of policeofficers approachedhim, searched himand toll $10,180.00from him andinformed him that hewould be charged forextortion. He wasthen taken to theHalf Way Tree PoliceStation and detaineduntil the followingmorning when hewas brought beforethe court. The policeofficer asked that amention date be setfor the complainantand as a result he wasfurther detained on17/9/10.Special Constableattached to the HalfWay Tree PoliceStation.Whether the complainanthad been unlawfully arrested;andWhether his money wasunlawfully seized.3/11/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;Statement received from concernedofficer on 1/4/11;29/1/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charges to belaid or disciplinary actiontaken against concernedofficers.
  • 40NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION50 HG o.b.o. CG The complainantalleges on 27/8/10she had a fight withher sister and hersister called thepolice. When thepolice came and toldher that she wouldbe arrest and she said“mi nah go ah noprison fi nobody”.The policemanslapped her and thefemale officer puthandcuffs on her.On their way to theNain Police Station,she was crying andthe female policeofficer then boxedher in her face.Woman Constableand Constableattached to theNain Police Station.To determine whether thecomplainant was assaulted asalleged.2/9/10 statement taken from thecomplainant‟s mother who lodgedthe complaint on her behalf;Statement taken from thecomplainant;Statement received from concernedofficers; andFinal Investigation Report prepared.Concerned officers to becharged for assault.51 MP The complainantalleges that on5/1/10 alleges thatshe was standingoutside the marketwhen she wasinformed that apolice officer knownSpecial Constableattached to theMandeville PoliceStation.To determine whether thecomplainant‟s property wasunlawfully searched; andTo determine whether thecomplainant was unlawfullyarrested;5/1/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;6/7/12 response of concernedofficer received;10/11/12 Final InvestigationReport.Departmental action to betaken against concernedofficer for breaching thelaw and JCF Policyregarding the search ofproperty belonging tomembers of the public.
  • 41NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONas “sniffer dog” haddamaged the door ofher locker. Shediscovered that herlocker door had beenbroken off and thatfour slippers andfour caps weremissing. She saw theofficer andconfronted himabout the locker. Theofficer arrested herand charged forabusive andcalumnious language.52 AP The complainantalleges that on28/1/11 he wasreturning home froma night club in TollGate on his bicycle.On approachingOsbourne Store healmost collided witha police vehicle. Theofficer in the vehicleasked him to stopbut he did not as theConstable attachedto the May PenPolice Station.To determine whether theconcerned officer may becharged for assault.Statement taken from thecomplainant on 7/2/11;Further statement of complainanttaken 3/8/1131/3/12 statement from concernedofficer received;Complainant‟s Medical Certificatereceived;Copy of case file from May PenResident Magistrates CourtConcerned officer to becharged for unlawfulwounding. Ruling ofDirector of PublicProsecutions to be soughtin terms.
  • 42NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONarea was dark. Thevehicle chased himand a second radiocar met joined in. Anofficer from thesecond radio carasked him if he hadthrown away a gun.When he responded“no” the officerkicked away his feelcausing him to fall.The officer then usedhis gun to furtherinflict blows uponhis body and his facewhich bled. He wastaken to the May PenHospital. He wasthereafter taken tothe May Pen PoliceStation where he wascharged forpossession of ganja.regarding charge of Possession ofGanja received;Final investigation Report prepared.53 CG The complainantalleges that on11/1/11 he was in acar that was stoppedby police officers.Constable andWoman Corporal ofthe Montego BayPolice Station.To determine whether theconstable ought to becharges for Assault;To determine whether the17/1/11 medical certificate ofcomplainant received;18/1/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;Complainant to be advisedto pursue his civil remediesfor detention was unlawful;Constable to be charged
  • 43NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONWhile texting hisgirlfriend, one of thepolice officersapproached the carand hit him in hisface, held him in hisshirt and tried to pullhim through theright rear window ofthe car. When thatdid not succeed, thecomplainant exitedthe car and was metwith fists in his side.When the officerrecognised that hewas recording hisregulation number,the officer grabbedhim by the neck andsqueezed it. He wasarrested by a WomanCorporal andcharged forassaulting police andresisting arrest. hewas detained fromthat day to January14, 2011.complainant‟s arrest anddetention was lawful.Entries relative to incident copiedfrom diaries of the Montego BayPolice Station;8/2/11 statement received fromconcerned Woman Corporal;8/3/11 statement received fromconcerned Constable;Final Investigation Report prepared.for Assault OccasioningActual Bodily Harm; andDepartmental enquiry beheld to determine thereason accounting for thefailure of Woman CorporalJosanne McIntyre toprosecute the complainanton charges alleged.Disciplinary action to betaken also.
  • 44NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION54 SC The complainantalleges that on6/6/11 he went to arestaurant in LongBay to buy food.After driving off, hewas followed by apolice car to his shopin Long Bay. Onexiting the car, hewas draped in hisshirt and askedquestions of a personin jail.Constable attachedto the Barrett TownPolice Station.To determine whether theconcerned officer ought tobe charged for assault atcommon law.Statement taken from thecomplainant on 7/6/11;Witness statement taken fromcomplainant‟s witness on 7/6/11;Relevant entries copied from StationDiary of the Barrett Town PoliceStation;Concerned officer‟s statementreceived on 28/9/11;Final Investigation Report preparedon 21/5/12.Concerned officer to becharged for Assault atCommon law. Ruling ofthe DPP to be sought interms.56 DW Complainant allegesthat on 13/12/09 hismotorbike was seizedby a policemanattached to the RockRiver Police Station.In a bid to bring hismotor bike intocompliance with theRoad Traffic Act, heattended the StationWoman Corporalattached to theRock River PoliceStation and othersattached to theChapleton and MayPen Police Station.To determine whether thecomplainant‟s motor cyclewas lawfully seized;To determine thecircumstances under whichparts from the complainant‟smotorcycle wereappropriated; andTo determine whether thecomplainant ought to be24/6/10 Notification of Complaintletters sent for Concerned Officers‟statements;Statements of concerned officers ofChapleton and May Pen PoliceStations received on 15/4/10;Woman Corporal of Rock RiverPolice Station furnished statementon 6/7/10;Complainant to pursue hiscivil remedies in relation toloss of parts from hismotorbike.
  • 45NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONand was told that hismotorcycle wasmoved to the MayPen Police Station.When he went tothat Station, hefound that parts weremissing from thebike rendering itimmovable.compensated for the stolenparts by reason of negligenceon the part of the officersfrom the Chapleton or MayPen Police Station that cameinto contact with it.Entries relevant to seizure ofcomplainant‟s motorbike taken fromStation Diary of Rock River PoliceStation on 18/5/10;Final Investigation Report preparedon 12/11/10.57 HM The complainantalleges that on21/2/10 he wasgiven a traffic ticketwhich he hadforgotten to pay and,as a result visited theTraffic Office of theMontego Bay PoliceStation to see whatcould be done. Whenhe went to thestation, a DeputySuperintendent usedexpletives to him.When a Constabletried to deal withhim, the DSPdissuaded theDeputySuperintendent ofPolice attached tothe Montego BayPolice Station.To determine whether theDSP ought to be charged forassault.22/3/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;12/4/10 Notification Letter sent toconcerned officer;5/5/10 statement of concernedofficer received;30/8/10 statement obtained frompolice witness;28/9/10 Final Investigation Reportprepared.Concerned officer to becharged with assault atcommon law. Ruing of theDPP to be sought interms.
  • 46NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONCorporal from doingso and stated that thecomplainant is aninformer amongstothers. He thenshoved thecomplainant in hischest and boxed himacross the face.58 DC The complainantalleges that on11/7/10, he wasinvolved in analtercation with aman at a party his[the complainant‟s]sister‟s in AnottoBay. A police officerintervened and hitthe complainant withhis gun in his headcausing him to fall.The gun was used tohit him again causinga wound and causinghim to loseconsciousness.District Constableattached to theAnotto Bay PoliceStation.To determine whether theconcerned officer may becharged for assaulting thecomplainant.12/7/10 statement of thecomplainant recorded at the AnottoBay Police Station;24/6/11 Notice sent to concernedofficer for statement to befurnished;7/7/11 statement of concernedofficer received;Final Investigation Report prepared.No criminal charges ordisciplinary action to betaken against concernedofficer as allegations havenot been made out.
  • 47NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION59 DF The complainantalleges that on15/11/09 he wasriding his motorcycle along May DayMain Road when hewas stopped by aConstable whorequested hisdocuments. Whentold that thedocuments were athome, the constableasked him what hecould do for himself.When he told theconstable that he hadno money, theconstable grabbedthe complainant inhis shirt and punchedhim in the faceinflicting injuries tohis lower lip andcheek. The motorcycle was thenseized.Constable attachedto the MandevillePolice Station.To determine whether themotorcycle was lawfullyseized;To determine whether theconcerned officer may becharged for assault.18/11/09 statement of complainantrecorded at the Mandeville PoliceStation;27/7/10 Notification Letter sent toconcerned officer requesting that hefurnish a statement;26/8/10 relevant entries copiedfrom the Station Diary of theMandeville Police Station.Concerned officer to becharged for Assault atCommon Law. Ruling ofthe DPP to be sought interms.
  • 48NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSION60 HC The complainantalleges that on5/1/10 he wasinformed that policeofficers were at hisbrother‟s house. Hewent there and sawofficers and hisbrother‟s motherbeing prevented bythe officers fromentering her home.He asked the officerswhy they werepreventing her and,one of the officersthreatened to shoothim. He was thenbeaten withhandguns and hismouth began tobleed. He was takento the FalmouthPolice Station alongwith his brother andarrested and chargedfor using indecentlanguage andassaulting a policeCorporal attachedto the FalmouthPolice Station.To determine whether theconcerned officer may becharged for assault.7/1/10 complainant‟s statementtaken;19/1/10 relevant entries werecopied from the Station Diary of theFalmouth Police Station;25/1/10 a Notification Letter wassent to the concerned officer forhim to furnish a statement;26/5/10 Medical Certificate ofcomplainant received;2/7/10 complainant‟s witnessstatement taken;14/7/10 Final Investigation Reportprepared.Concerned officer to becharged for Assault. Rulingof the Director of PublicProsecutions to be soughtin terms.
  • 49NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONofficer.61 MK The complainantalleges that on 15/1011 she saw a femalepolice officer at hergate and she furtherobserved thatofficers were outsideher house searchingthe cellar and pullingboard from thereunder. She states thather plants werethereby damaged andthe female officer didnot identify herself atUnidentified. To determine whether thecomplainant‟s property wasmaliciously destroyed; andTo determine whether theconcerned officers behavedin a manner unbecoming amember of the JCF.20/10/11 complainant‟s statementtake;2/2/12 complainant withdrew hercomplaint as she was unable toprovide any further evidence toenable the Commission to identifythe concerned officers.No criminal charge to belaid or disciplinary actionto be taken againstconcerned officers asallegations have not beenmade out.
  • 50NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONall.62 MB The complainantalleges that on30/8/11 she wasselling her goods ona corridor of BestCare Pharmacy whena police officerapproached her andgrabbed her bags.She held unto themand the concernedofficer went behindher and grabbed heraround the neck,kicked her feet away,lifted her from theground and threwher down causing hersustain injuries to theleft side of her head,lower back and rightshoulder.Special Corporalattached to theMontego Bay PoliceStation.To determine whether theconcerned officer may becharged for assault.1/9/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;28/11/11 statement of concernedofficer received from case filebefore the Montego Bay ResidentMagistrates Court;25/6/12 further statement takenfrom the complainant and withdrewcomplaint;28/6/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charge to belaid or disciplinary actionto be taken againstconcerned officers asallegations have not beenmade out.63 JTC The complainantalleges that on6/1/12 whilestanding on a lane inSpanish Town, heSpecial Constableattached to SpanishTown PoliceStation.To determine whether theconcerned officer may becharged for assault.6/1/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;22/2/10 Final Investigation Report;7/9/10 request sent toNo criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against any memberof the JCF by reason of
  • 51NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONobserved a police carcoming so he tried toremove himself fromthe road to preventan accident.However, the carsped up, hitting himon his right hand.The police alightedfrom the vehicle,searched him andthreatened to killhim.Establishment Branch of the JCFfor identify of concerned officer tobe confirmed;5/3/12 investigations revealed thatconcerned officer is no longer a partof the JCF;Final Investigation Report prepared.insufficiency of evidence.64 OD The complainantalleges that on19/6/10, he visitedthe Brown‟s HallPolice Station wherehe made a report ofassault occasionedupon his person byfour ladies. When herevisited the stationon 21/6/10 he wasboisterously dealtwith by a police man.He again went backwith a relative andwas told that he‟d beDistrict Constableattached to theBrown‟s Hall PoliceStationTo determine whether or notthe concerned officer may besanctioned for neglect ofduty.12/7/11 statement of complainantrecorded;Final Investigation Report prepared.No criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against any memberof the JCF by reason ofinsufficiency of evidence.
  • 52NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONcontacting. On18/7/11 he wasserved a summons toattend court.65 TM The complainantalleges that on21/2/11, theconcerned officersvisited his home,showed him awarrant and searchedhis premises. Hisperson was searchedon 22/2/11. Afurther search of hishouse was conductedon 13/3/11 and hiscar and documentswere seized.Inspector attachedto the Ocho RiosPolice Station.To determine whether thecomplainant‟s motor car wasunlawfully seized.16/3/11 statement taken from thecomplainant;29/3/11 Section 21 Noticesprepared and addressed toconcerned officer requesting thatstatement be furnished in respect ofincident;31/5/11 complainant withdrew thecomplaint.No criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against any memberof the JCF by reason ofinsufficiency of evidence.66 SN The complainantalleges that on25/1/09 she went tothe Seaview GardensPolice Station andreported that herbrother was injured.After her brother‟sdischarge fromConstable attachedto the SeaviewGardens PoliceStationTo determine whether theconcerned officers ought tobe sanctioned for neglect ofduty.10/2/09 statement taken from thecomplainant;Final Investigation Report prepareddue to difficulties in obtainingevidence to sustain the investigation.No disciplinary action tobe taken against concernedofficer.
  • 53NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONHospital they attendthe station and gavestatements.However, she hasnot been updated asto the status of theinvestigation.67 LP The complainantalleges that on1/3/10 he daughterMF was arrested byofficers of the GuysHill Police Station.While at the station,a Corporal draggedher by her left handto the inside andthrew her on theconcrete floor,causing pain andswelling to the hand.Corporal attachedto the Guys HillPolice Station.To determine whether theconcerned officer may becharged for assault.5/5/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;10/5/10 relevant entries copiedfrom the Station Diary of the GuysHill Police Station;Final Investigation Report prepared.No criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against concernedofficer due to want ofevidence.68 MC The complainantalleges that on20/1/10, policeofficers from theMobile Reserve cameand he was accusedof murdering aDSP and SpecialConstable attachedto the MobileReserve.To determine whether theconcerned officers may becharged for assaulting thecomplainant.3/2/10 statement taken from thecomplainant;9/909 relevant diary entries copiedfrom the Station Diary at theSeaview Gardens Police Station;21/8/09 Notification of ComplaintNo criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against concernedofficer due to want ofevidence.
  • 54NO. COMPLAINANT ALLEGATION CONCERNEDOFFICERSTERMS OFREFERENCEINVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATIONOF THECOMMISSIONpoliceman. He washit all over the bodywith helmets beforebeing taken to theMobile Reserve andthen to the GunCourt.Letters delivered to the Hunts BayPolice Station requiring statementsto be furnished;15/3/10 Final Investigation Reportprepared.69 AB The complainantalleges that onnumerous dates shehad been harassed bya Special Corporalwith whom she hadbeen in an intimaterelationship for three(3) years. The finalact of harassmentoccurred on 2/5/10when she saw him onthe campus outsideher faculty watchingher movements.Special Corporalattached to theISCF Headquarters,Kingston.To determine whethercomplaint is within theCommission‟s remit; andTo determine whether theconcerned officer hasbehaved in a mannerunbecoming a member of theJCF.4/5/11 statement taken fromcomplainant and her witnesses;30/1/12 Final Investigation Reportprepared.No criminal charges be laidor disciplinary action betaken against concernedofficer due to want ofevidence.
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  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSNo. Deceased/VirtualComplainantDate ofIncidentLocation ofIncidentAllegations Action Taken Reason for IncompletionDate taken Internal External1 R.W. FatalShootingSt. Thomas Complainantalleged that herbrother was fatallyshot by the police(26/2/2010)although he wasreporting daily atthe station.i. Sent Noticesii. Visited police stationand copied relevantentriesiii. Recorded furtherstatementsFIR to be typed. FIR completed. Ballistic andForensicCertificatesoutstanding alongwith attendingstatements.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS2 FatalShooting /ShootingInjuryKingston,CharlesStreetThe police engagegunmen in thevicinity of CharlesStreet and BondStreet resulting infatal shooting of six(6) persons and theshooting injury ofothers.i. Copied stationrecords.ii. Record witnessstatements.iii. Attended postMortems.iv. Sent Notices.v. Attended Q n Avi. Received documentsfrom Caribbean SearchCentrevii. Received PostMortem Reports.viii. Called and visiteda witness on severaloccasions but cannotfind her.ix. Establish thatweapons were indeedtaken to lab.02.07.2012x. Most responsesreceived.xi. Sent notices re chainof custody10/5/2012 i. Investigator toenquire whyconcerned officer‟sstatements have notbeen received.ii. Investigator tocheck on policeweapons used inshooting whether theyhave been sent to theForensics Lab forexamination.iii. The INDECOMfirearm‟s recoverypolicy to be enforced.iv. Effort is to be madeto persuade otherpersons to givestatements.v. ID Parades to bearranged.vi. As theinvestigation develops,Question & AnswerSessions are to bearranged with policeofficers.Twice visitedthe area,seekingwitnesses butwithoutsuccess.Statements reChain ofCustodyResponseoutstanding
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS3 INDECOM oboD.W.(deceased)and R.H.(injured)FatalShooting /ShootingInjurySt. Thomas Allegations are thatpolice accosted agroup of men whopointed firearm atthem. They tookevasive action andfired in thedirection of the menresulting in thedeath of one manand the shootinginjury of another.i. Recorded statements,relevant Diary Entriesand sent Notices.ii. Attended PostMortem and recordedrelevant statement.10-5-2012iii. Responses received25-04-2012Concerned officers‟statements areoutstanding.Medical Certificatesfor the injured personto be applied for.To apply for postmortem report.Interviews are to becarried out in areawith a view ofidentifying witnesses.To apply forPost MortemReport.MedicalCertificateoutstanding.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS4 K.S. Fatal Shooting Kingston The Police allegedthat they were on anoperation on at 58Mountain ViewAvenue „Jarrett Lane‟Kingston 2, whenthey knocked on adoor to a premises.The door flew openand two men insidearmed with handgunsopened fire at them.The fire was returnedand in the aftermathone man was shotwhile the otherescaped. The deadman was identified asK.S.Witness StatementscollectedStation diary entriesobtainedNotices delivered toconcerned officersPost Mortem attendedFLA, GFL and CIBrequest madePost Mortem reportreceivedWas informed that theballistic report is beingtypedNotices were served onthe concerned officersOn July 10, 2012 somestatements to includethose of Cpl. G. B. and V.were received.Supt A. B. submittedadditional statement asrequested.Awaiting the lab reportsto have second meetingwith Dr. R. R. in order todo a reconstruction of thescene.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS5 E. L.W 21/05/11 Mount PelierDistrict, BuffBay, PortlandOn Sunday, 2011May 21 about 9:30amE. L.W., age 35 yearsold, Farmer ofResource District, St.Andrew and MountVernon District,Portland, was fatallyshot by the policewhen he and anotherman engaged them ina shootout in MountVernon District. One(1) Taurus .38Revolver with serialnumber erased andsaid to contain three(3) live rounds andtwo (2) spent shellswas reportedlyrecovered from him.(1)Statements collectedfrom E. S. and F.J.;(2) 2 Spent Shells and apair of gloves werehanded over as allegedevidence and exhibits;(3) The spent shells weretaken to the ForensicLaboratory for BallisticTesting;(4)Photographs received;(5) Post Mortem Reportreceived;(6) Responses receivedfrom (i) Cons. G. T. (ii)Cons. M. P. (iii)Spl/Cons. R. M. and (iv)Spl/Cons. M. T.;(7) Cellular phonereceived fromCommunicationForensics and CybercrimeUnit. Informationrelating to calls madeprior, on and before MayFile is to be moved toFatality B as there are nowitness(es) to theincident.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS21, 2011 were alsoobtained;(8) On 2011 August 23 at3:52 p.m. Forensic Labwas called (977-0229) inrelation to the testing ofthe spent shells that werefound at the scene, I wasinformed by Ms. M. ofBallistic Department thatthe testing is not yetcompleted. Mrs. S. ofthe Biology departmentalso informed that testinghas not yet started as theyare clearing the back logfrom 2010. She alsoinformed that if thematter was for court theprocess would be speededup;(9) Notices served onDet/Cpl. P. of thePortland TechnicalServices Division forreport and Viewer‟s CD.Response received; (ii)Det/Cpl. J. M., InitialInvestigator and (iii)
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSInspector B. of the BuffBay Police Station.(10)*No letter deliveredto Deputy SuperintendentH. as the serial numberwas erased from thefirearm recovered.24-4-2012Bullet found and is nowat the ForensicLaboratory. FL# 59625.Det/Cpl. C. of BSI tookfirearms to lab. FL#59625.Copy of BallisticCertificate applied for byletter dated 2012 July 25.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS6 O.W. 5/6/2011Old HarbourBay,St. CatherineOn Sunday, 2011June 5 about 6:10pmO.W. 26 years oldDOB 19/11/1984,Fisherman ofTerminal Road, OldHarbour Bay, St.Catherine was fatallyshot by the policewhilst he was in thecompany of a manknown as W.L. o/c„D. T‟ who allegedlyopened fire at ehpolice. One .38Taurus Revolverbearing serial numberNE943181 with one(1) live round andfive (5) spent casingswere recovered.Cons. O. M. amember of the policeparty received agunshot wound to hisleft leg;(1)Station Diary Entrycopied;(2)Collected statementfrom A.T. (Witness fordeceased)(3)Post mortem reportreceived;(4) Notice served on Cpl.H. T.; Cpl. W. P.l, Cons.O. M. (OST Old HarbourPS) through SSP C. P. i/cSt. Catherine SouthDivision, awaitingresponse;(5) Received statementsfrom Det/Cons. D.M. andDet/Cons. J. P., ForensicCrime SceneInvestigators as well as aCD Viewer‟s Copy.(6) Notices delivered tobe served on Det/Cpl. R.S., Initial Investigator.(7)O‟s mother came inTo get medicalcertificate for policemanwho received a shot inhis leg.Investigator to attemptto collect more witnessstatements;(1)Statement from InitialInvestigator to accountfor bullets recovered atPost MortemExamination.(2)Bullet recovered fromdeceased to be comparedwith weapons ofshooters.26-7-2012Dr. to be written to foran explanation regardingthe entry and exitwounds of Cons. M.Awaiting BallisticCertificate ReportResponses ofOfficersoutstanding.Awaiting responsefrom DSP H.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSoffice and gave astatement regarding theidentity of the body at thePost MortemExamination. She alsogave me information as tothe reason why her sonwas wrongfully shot.(8)Det/Cpl. R., InitialInvestigator was Noticedin regards to his activitiesupon receiving a reportregarding the fatalshooting of O.W.(9) Letter written anddelivered to DSP H.requesting information asto whether or not firearmwas subsequentlysubmitted to theLaboratory.(10) BSI Interim Reportreceived.(11) Recorded W. L. o/c„Dan T‟ statement.(witness)
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS(10) W. L.‟ MedicalReport and Certificate hasbeen applied for at theSpanish Town Hospital;(11) Cons. O. M. MedicalCertificate has beenapplied for at the SpanishTown Hospital;(12) Notice to Det/Cpl. R.L. was delivered for himto give an account for theexhibits that he collectedfrom the pathologist atthe Post MortemExamination;(13) Letter dated2012/2/28 was written toMr. L., Director of FLArequesting information asto the ownership of thefirearm;(14) On 23/4/2012Witness – W. L. wascontacted by telephoneand he promised to visitINDECOM on 24/4/2012to furnish further
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSinformation relative to theidentification of police.(15) Medical Certificateof Cons. O. M. has beenreceived;(16) On 2012/7/30Ballistic CertificateApplied for.(17) Dr. B. was written toregarding an explanationfor bullet wounds forCons. M.(18) On 12/8/14 Det/Insp.P. T. was contacted at thePortmore Police Stationin regards to Det/Cpl. R.L. non submission ofstatement. Statement wasreceived but uponexamination it was signednor stamped by a JP. Itwas copied and returnedthe necessaries to bedone.(19) Received copy ofstatement from Office of
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSPublic Defender of W. L.through Investigator F.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS7 K.H. 4/9/2011 Kingston S.H. is reporting onbehalf of her son K.H. (deceased). Shealleges that onSunday, 2011September 4 at about9:00 p.m. – 10:00p.m. her son waspicked up by thepolice in Three Miles,taken to Waterhousein „Captured‟ andkilled.(1)Complainant‟sstatement recorded(2)Station Diary Entryfrom the OlympicGardens Police Stationrecorded(3)Firearms/Ammunitionsregister regarding W/Cpl.S. W. was recorded;(4)Notices were deliveredto be served on Cpl. A. B.and W/Cpl. S. W.;(5)Notices were alsoserved on Det/Cpl. L. M.B., Initial Investigator;(6)On 2011/11/14 K.„sMother came into officeand gave a statementregarding heridentification of the bodyat the Post MortemExamination.(7)On 2011/11/18 thisInvestigator received CDand Incident Scene4/9/2011 Pathologist shouldexplain the significanceof the blackeningmentioned in injury.Get cell siteinformation/phonerecords for the deceasedphone.Voice parade with MissW. for the female voiceon the phone.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSExamination Report fromISE Officer P. A.;(8)Application has beenmade for the Post MortemReport and is received;(9) Letter written to DSPH. requesting informationas to whether or notfirearm was subsequentlysubmitted to theLaboratory;(10) Response receivedfrom Dr. H. to say thatthere are no records orevidence to indicate thatthe firearm was submittedto the BallisticDepartment prior to theincident.(11) K.‟s mother statedthat her son was speakingto her on the cell phone asto where he was. Shealso over heard when thepolice accosted him. Shealso stated that witnessessaw this and she is going
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSto try and ask the witnessto come in office and givea statement.(12) Response receivedfrom W/Cpl. S. W. andDet/Cpl. C. B.; awaitingresponse from Det/Cpl.B.;24-4-2012Dr. P., Pathologist wascontacted and heexplained that theblackening was caused byclose shot, meaning, thevictim was 1m away fromthe person who shot him.Chief Intelligence Officerspoken to. He explaineddifficulties beingexperienced with theprovider.Complainant has not beencontacted despite effort toanswer questions relativeto voice identification.(1)Response of Det/Cpl.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSB. received in office on2012/7/12.(2) Provisional FIR doneand submitted on2012/8/28.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS8 A.F. 4/28/2012 St. Andrew At 12:20 p.m.INDECOM Operatorcalled and reported afatal shooting inRocky ValleyDistrict, Stony Hill,St. Andrew that tookplace atapproximately 11:50a.m. that morning.INDECOMInvestigators andForensic Examinerleft the office at 1:55p.m. and arrived onthe scene at 2:23 p.m.On arrival, they weremet by DetectiveSergeant R. S., InitialInvestigator of theConstant SpringPolice Station. DSPM. i/c Operations, St.Andrew NorthDivision acting oninformation ofgunmen being in theRocky Valley Districtled a team of 37 otherranks to St.Christopher Road.(1)Statement of C. R.witness, recorded;(2) Notices served onDSP M. and Cpl. D. S.;(3) Station Diary entriescopied;(4) Copy of Lab receiptfor exhibits submittedreceived;(5) Newspaper clippingsobtained;(6) Statement of D. W.,mother of deceased whoidentified the body as A.F. was recorded;(7) Incident SceneExamination Reportalong with CD received;(8) Firearm Register ofDSP M. copied:(9) Post Mortem Reportapplied for, not yetreceived;
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSDet/Sgt. S. stated thatDSP M. along Cpl.D. S. entered througha gate where theywere confronted bythree (3) men whoopened gunfire onthem. DSP M. andCpl. S. returned thefire. One man wasshot and injured,another ran into ahouse where he washeld while, the thirdman made good hisescape. The injuredman was rushed tothe Kingston PublicHospital where hewas pronounced deadon arrival, thentransferred to theTranquility FuneralHome pending PostMortem Examination.According to Det/Sgt.S. a 9mmParabellium Blackand Silver pistol witha magazinecontaining 5 live(10) Statement of M. D.recorded;(11) Statements ofDet/Sgt. R. S., J. M.,Insp. L. G., DSP G. M.and Cpl. D. S. received inoffice.(13) Post Mortem ReportReceived in office.(14) Firearm andammunition registerreceived from Insp. L. G.File is with Mr. G. W.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSrounds was droppedon the scene whilstthe men wererunning. The serialnumber obscured.M. D., 27 years old ofSt. Christopher Roadwas held and takeninto custody.The incident scenewas processed by Mr.P. A., ForensicExaminer. Three (3)9mm spent casingswere recovered.The body of thedeceased was alsoprocessed. The handsof DSP G. M. andCpl. D. S. who wereinvolved in theshooting wereswabbed at theConstant SpringPolice Station.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS9 D.E. 5/1/2012 Kingston On Tuesday, 2012May 1 at about 8:26p.m., INDECOMOperator called andreported a fatalshooting on FosterLane, Kingston CSO,which took place atapproximately 7:00a.m. that evening.INDECOMInvestigators andForensic Examinersarrived on the sceneat about 9:05 p.m. Onarrival, they were metby DetectiveCorporal S. B., InitialInvestigator of theKingston CentralPolice Station CIB.Superintendent M.was on the sceneconversing with acrowd that hadgathered.Reports are that atapproximately 7:00p.m. #11595 CorporalD. W., #12126Constable B. H. and(1) Noticeswere served on Det/Cpl.S. B., Cons. B. H., Cons.F. S. and Cpl. D. W.;(2) Firearmand AmmunitionsRegisters copied;(3) StationDiary entries copied;(4) Statementsof Stanford P., N. C., P.T.,K. W., I. R., O. B., andO. S. , witnesses,recorded;(5) NoticeServed on SSP S. M. withresponse date as2012/5/8;(6) Newspaperclippings obtained;(7) IncidentScene Examiner‟s reportalong with CD received;(8) Statementsof Cpl. D. W., Cons. B.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS#11231 Constable F.S. of the CentralPolice Station,Operational SupportTeam were on footpatrol in the areawhen they accosted agroup of about three(3) men. On seeingthe police the menran into differentdirection, one manran into premises 9½Foster Lane wherethe police gave chaseand accosted him, theman allegedlypointed a firearm atthe police whoopened fire at him,hitting him, the manwas reportedly rushedto the KingstonPublic Hospitalwhere he waspronounced dead onarrival.A 9mm Semi-automatic pistol witha magazinecontaining 12 roundsH., Det/Cpl. S. B. andCons. F. S. received inoffice;(9) Post MortemExamination wasattended by thisInvestigator. Thedeceased was identifiedas D. E. by his motherwho refused to give astatement;(10) PostMortem Report appliedfor, not yet received;(11)A profilehas been requested for D.E., awaiting response;(12) A 2nd Notice wasdelivered to be served onSP M.(13) Notices are to beprepared for Question andAnswer Session with allconcerned police officers.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSwas found besidehim. The body ispresently atTranquility FuneralHome pending PostMortem Examination.The incident scenewas processed by Mr.H. C., Chief ForensicExaminer and Ms. K.G., ForensicExaminer. Two (2)M16 spent casingswere recovered fromthe scene.The body of the nowdeceased was alsoprocessed. The handsof #11595 CorporalD. W., #12126Constable B. H. and#11231 Constable F.S. who were involvedin the shooting wereswabbed at theCentral PoliceStation.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS10 H.R. 7/1/2011 Kingston H.R. was shot andkilled by members ofthe JCF on January 7,2011 at about 5:30a.m. at Rae Town,Steven Lane,Kingston. He was athome with hisgirlfriend and theirchildren.Police VersionCons. L. M. statedthat he was a memberof an operation tocordon and search inRae Town. InspectorJ. led his team andCons E. H. was thepoint man. They wentto 10 ½ StephensonLane and entered ahouse through anopen grill. Insp J.knocked on the doorand shouted Policeopen the door. Heheard a male voicesaying “go deh so”twice. Cons H.opened the door thenhe and Cons. H.1.Station Diary entrycollected,2.Statements fromconcerned officerscollected,3.witness statementscollected4.Further statementcollected from theeyewitness S. F. for IDof Shooter.5. Firearm register6.TSD Report applied for7.Post Mortem Report.8.To get copy file fromBSI9.Initial Investigatornoticed to provide ChainOf Custody for firearms10. Copy of CDRequested from TSD11(Scene was processedby Det Cpl C W. andCons K S. of TSD)Get information on theweapon recoveredincluding chain ofcustody.Find out whether thescene was processed andby whom.Follow firearm recoveryprocedure.To Prove I.D.03-05-20121.Forensic/Ballasticreport outstanding2.Q&A for breechteam3.ID Parade to beconducted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSentered the house.Cons H. shouted dropit and discharged 2rounds. He told afemale who was inthe room not tomove. Cons. H.escorted her out ofthe house. Cons. H.secured the weapon.Witness S. F., motherof deceased childrenStated that she was inbed with the deceasedwhen she heard thegrill on the verandahbeing taken off. Sheopened the door. Apoliceman who wascrouching at the doorpulled her out andthen went inside theroom. She heard oneshot and a voice said“pussy a dis u drawpon mi” she thenheard two shots
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS11 V.K. 20/03/12 Kingston V.K. was shot andkilled by the policewhile she was amongsix (6) otheroccupants of a blueSuzuki Swift motorcar On March 20.2012 at about 9:47p.m. along NormanLane in Kingston 13.K.B., her 14 year olddaughter A.W., 14year old S.R. andC.W. o/c Kingmanwho were occupantsof the car were shotand injured. K.H.and S.K. who wereattending a party inthe community werealso shot in theincident as they stoodby the roadside. Twoother men, T.T. andD.M. who wereoccupants or the carescaped unhurt.Police versionThe police reportedthat they were inpursuit of the motor1. New CaseReport wasdone2. StationDiary Entrycollected.3. Firearm andAmmo EntryCollected4. Statementswerecollectedfromall six (6)occupantswhosurvived theordeal.5. Noticeswere servedon concernedofficers andtheirstatementsreceived.1Q&A forShooters1.Corrected Copyof Ballistic reportto be had and copyof
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONScar in question whoseoccupants wereinvolved in a robberyin Portmore earlierthat evening and onreaching NormanLane, two men firedfrom the frontwindows of the carand they returnedfire. They reportedthat a firearm wasrecovered on thescene.1. PostmortemReportapplied forandreceived.2. Copies ofRecordingsAnd orTranscriptOf RadioMessagesreceived atPoliceControlapplied forand Copy ofMessageAction Diaryreceived.3. Copy of Robbery filefrom Waterford Policerequested and received.4. ID Parade requestedsubmitted to the VIU.5. Forensic Scene Reportreceived.6. Ballistic certificatereceived7. ID Parade held
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS8. ID Parade wasconducted on June 18,2012
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS12 A.M. 23/08/11 St Andrew A. M., Unemployedof Airy Castle in StAndrew was shot andkilled on August 23,2011 by police afterhe was taken from hisbed by the officersoutside his house.Police versionThe police reportedthat they wereconducting anoperation in search ofwanted men and theywere fired on andthey returned the fireand M. was killed inthe incident. Thereportedly recovereda Ruger 9mm Pistolwith its SerialNumber erased1.Station Diary EntryCollected2.Police StatementsCollected3,witness StatementsCollected4.Postmortem Reportedapplied for and received5.Forensic Scene ReportreceivedID parade to be held 1.Ballistic Cert2.ID Parade
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS13 M.S. obo M.S. June 16, 2011July 21, 2011Kingston M.S. obo M.S.(dec‟d) - it is allegedthat M.S. wasunlawfully killed bypolice officersattached to the HuntsBay PS. Thedeceased was said tobe killed in “coldblood” at home infront of his 2 y-o sonand common lawwife.(1) Two witnessstatements collected fromM. S. and P. S.(2) Crime Diary entrycopied from the HuntsBay PS(3) Notice to concernedofficers prepared(4) Contact made withBSI for copy of file(5) Tracking numberobtained from ForensicLab.(6) Letter sent to NIB,FLA and Forensic Lab forfirearm information(7) Notices delivered toconcerned officers(8) Post Mortem Reportrequested from LegalMedical Unit (14.09.11)(9) Letter from FLAreceived(10) Post Mortem reportreceived(11) Meeting held withpathologist(12) Officer who attendedPost Mortem noticed(13) Received statementfrom officer who attendedFollow up on letters sentto CIB and FLA.Ask the pathologist togive his opinion as towhether the post mortemfindings support orrefute either version.Get information on thepost mortem itselfSee whether any of thesepolice officers could bewitnesses. So re-noticeall concerned officers tocome in for a questionand answer session. Ifthey fail to come,prepare the file and sendto legal for them to becharged.Speak to the DOC so hecan preside over the Qand A session.Work the otherangles….provingidentification throughthe ballistics as well asID parade for the otherofficers presentSee if we can getanything from thecontrol tape (this would
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSPost Mortem(14) Received CD fromofficer who attended PostMortem(16)Meeting scheduledwith SSP H. for 6.2.12(17) Received BallisticCertificate(18) 2/8/2012 R. receivedfile from SI S. andcontinue investigations.(19) 22/8/12 receivedcorrected Ballistic Cert.(20) 22/8/12 ContactedM. S. re furtherstatement. She stated thatshe is unavailable untilSept.(21) 11/9/12 R. and D.visited M. S. residencewhere she wasinterviewed. No usefulinformation was obtained.(22) 17/9/12 Interviewwith Dr. R. re PostMortem Exam ofdeceased. Doctor gave hisopinion as to the injuriesseen, he could not saywhether or not it was ashootout but the injuriesbe a res gestaestatement)DOC Review29-02-20121. To sit withinvestigator and workout Q & A for concernedofficers2. Mr. C. to follow-upon instructions fromCommissioner re reviewof Ballistic testing result.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSwere not from close rangegunfire.(23) 20/9/12 FIR done
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS14 K.N. and N.T. 25/08/2012 St. Andrew K.N. and N.T. werefatally shot by thePolice at MaxfieldAvenue and Moorestreet, Kingston 13. Afirearm was allegedlytaken fromThompson.1. Concerned officers‟hands swabbed2. Field Notices served on(3) concerned officers3. Three (3) eye witnessstatements recorded4. Diary entry copied5. Post Mortem attended6. Firearm andAmmunition registerscopied7. Received statementsfrom concerned officersand initial investigator8. Attended Post MortemExam and recordedstatement9. 24/9/12 Received PostMortem Report9/10/12: Telephone eyewitness re furtherstatement. Messages leftfor R.W. and M. N. tocontact INDECOM aswell. 12/10/12: Receivedstatement and two CDsfrom D/Cons. G. JCFScenes of Crime officer.29/10/12: Applied forBallistic Certificate andcontacted D/Cpl. W. re:From SI S.:1.Further statementsfrom:S. L.,R. W., T. M.2. Statement and reportfrom D/cons C. & Cons.G. JCF Scenes of Crime.26/10/12: From CI :(1)D/Cpl. W. furtherstatement - where werefirearms stored beforetaking them to lab. Healso should state the typeserial number offirearms and who theywere in possession of.(2) Further statements ofthree eyewitnesses re:identification. Identity ofshooter. (3) All three (3)officers fired bulletrecovered from on K. N.Outstandingdocuments:1.Ballistics Cert2. Statement fromJCF Scene ofCrime Officers.3. Hand SwabCertificate4. Furtherstatements to berecorded from threeeye witnesses.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSfurther statement, chainof custody of weapons.He indicated that samewill be ready for31/10/12. 3/11/12:Telephone and spokewith Ms. L. re: furtherstatement who stated thatshe is now working andhas no time to visitINDECOM office.Telephone and spokewith Ms. M. re: furtherstatement, she will visitthe office on Wed.7/11/12 to give thestatement. Telephone andspoke with Mr. W. whoalso will visit the officeon 7/11/12.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS15 D.B. and R.D. 18/08/2010 St. Catherine D.B. and R.D. werefatally shot atBrooklyn Lane,Thompson Pen,Spanish Town, St.Catherine by policeofficers who claimedthat the men werekilled when theywent to a house andknocked on a door. Afemale opened thedoor and a manjumped from a bedwith a gun in hishand pointed at thepolice who openedfire at on him. Thisman ran through aback door andescaped. The teamthen went to the gullywhere they wereengaged by a groupof about 6 heavilyarmed men whoengaged them in ashootout. The firewas returned andwhen the shootingsubsided two meni) Witness‟s statementscollected (ii) Crime SceneInvestigator‟s statementreceived.(iii)VIU forms andNotification letters servedon all the officers toattend Q & A session andto furnish theirstatements. Officersfailed to comply.(iv)File was submitted tothe DPP‟s office forruling.Ruling received that allthe officers should becharged.(v)On 7/1/11 VideoIdentification Parade washeld. Suspects notidentified.(vi)Notice again servedon the officers to furnishtheir statements andattend Q & A session.(vii) 8 officers turned upfor Q & A session(viii) New date was setfor them to furnish theirstatements. To date theyhave not complied withCheck telephone recordsto see where the callcame fromUrgent ballistics (Mr. C.to note)Work the mistaken IDissue; find out about theother C.; show that theother C. was the personsuspected of burning thehouses in GravelHeights. R. W. can assistwith this30-04-2012Ballistic report is ready.Mr. R. W. was spoken to(30-4-2012), saidnothing was done aboutthe investigation as therisk level in GravelHeights are extremelyhigh
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSwere found inseparate section ofthe gully sufferingfrom gunshotwounds. They werepronounced dead atthe Spanish Townhospital where theywere taken This caseis regarded as FatalityA because.Reason for beingfatality AStatements ofeyewitnesses statedthat the 4 youths werein a room when thepolice knocked on thedoor and orderedthem out. Two ofthem were sent backinto the room and theother two D. B. o/cand R. D. were fatallyshot at BrooklynLane. C. body wasfound by residents inthe nearby gullycovered with dryINDECOM‟S request.(ix)On 2/3/11 Trial dateset for 21/4/11 at the HalfWay Tree RM court.(x)Statement of the initialInvestigator, Sgt. B.received.(xi)Notification letterserved on SeniorSuperintendent A. C.,Officer in charge of St.Catherine North policedivision to attend Q & Ato furnish information asregards the officers whoissued the firearms to theofficers who wereinvolved in the shooting.(xii) Statement of Mrs. C.P. was taken.Applied for Post MortemReportSup H. said that reportsnot readyTrial will continue in thismatter where the 8 policeofficers disobeyedINDECOM‟s notice onJune 27, 2012.Had discussion with Mr.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSwood. It is assumedby residents that thepolice was about toburn the body but didnot get the chance todo so.1. No firearm wasrecovered2. Witnesses‟ versionchallenged that of thepolice as theirtestimony indicatesthat the two youthswere taken from theirhome and fatally shotby the police.R. W. to find out aboutthe other C. and to showthat the other C. was theperson suspected ofburning the houses inGravel Heights.18/4/12 Cpl G. of GFLsaid that Ballisticcertificate is ready29/3/12 Ms. T. J. of GFLChemistry Dept. said thatthe certificate bearing FL# 2418/2010 wascollected by Cons. D.R.#13180 of the St.Catherine North Div.Efforts to locate thisofficer failed viatelephone failed. To visitthe Spanish Town PoliceStation and continueenquires.29/3/12 Ms. T. D. of GFLBiology Dept said that theresult for 2617/2010 notready. To contact Ms. H.M. who is working thiscase.29/3/12 D/Cpl R. wascontacted he said that he
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSwill check his records toand furnish the Chemistrycertificate.To re-apply for Postmortem Report4/5/12 D/Cpl R. wascontacted he said that heis still making checks forthe Chemistry certificate.7/5/12 visited GFL tocollect the Ballisticcertificate however CplG. said that it was notready. When he wasreminded that he said itwas ready he claimed thatmust be an error.DSP H. was contactedand he again promised tohave the Ballisticcertificate ready by theend of May 2012.The Post mortem Reportfor both deceasedobtainedBallistic and hand Swabcertificates obtainedNotice sent to D/Sgt. G.to submit chain ofcustody statement. ForFirearms taken to the lab
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSReceived additionalstatement. From D/Sgt. B.Notice sent to Supt C. topresent Firearm entry ofthe officers involved inthe shooting.Letter submitted at theSpanish Town policestatement. RequestingSupt C. to submit copyof the court file in theTredegar Park criminalcaseMother of deceasedcontacted and givenupdate.Witness was contacted atTredegar Pk. To attend I.D. Parade. He wasunwilling to cooperate.Notice sent to Spl. Cons.W. to submit statementon July 13 2012D/Sgt. G. chain ofcustody statement.obtainedFirearm entry obtainedfrom Supt C.Three follow up callswere made to Supt. C., atthe Spanish Town police
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSstatement. He was out ofoffice. Message leftreminding him to submitcourt file in the TredegarPark criminal caseObtained chain ofcustody statement fromTSD Sgt R., Cons. Q. aswell as Viewer‟s C/DNotices Sent to Sgt. L. J.and Cons. U. forstatement that they issuedthe firearms to Cpl. H.and Cons. D.FIR is being Prepared
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS16 F.H. 5/11/2010 Westmoreland On 4th November2010 F.H., familymembers and friendswere at the front ofthe Sunrise Club,Norman ManleyBlvd. Negril whenabout 7 policeofficers some ofwhom were wearingmask accosted them.F. was ordered toremove items that hehad in a bag andwhile doing so hewas Fatally shot by7086 Cpl. M. R. Theofficers alleged thatthey were fired on byarmed men whoescaped.Statements were collectedby INDECOM & BSIInvestigators at the sceneof the incident.Notification letters wereserved on Cpl. M. R. andother officers who werepresent during theincident to attend Q & Asession.Crime Scene was visitedby INDECOMInvestigatorsCpl. M. R. was identifiedat a Video IdentificationParade that was held on4/12/10Q & A sessions wereconducted.File was sent to theOffice Of DPPResponse received fromDPP requesting furtherinformationThe request wassubmittedNext court date in thismatter will be onSeptember 282012.On May 13, 2012 Mr. A.Question and Answersession was scheduledon August 24, 2011 forthree officers namelyConstable C. C., Spl.Cons F. A. and Spl.Cons N. L. however A.C. T. called at 10:35 amto say that he representsSpl. Cons F. A. and Spl.Cons N. L. and wasunable to come. Bothofficers visitedINDECOM on August25 and were served toappear on August 31,2011 at 9:00 am and1:30 p.m.The attorney forConstable C. C., C. R.submitted a letter onbehalf of her client. Hedid not turn up atINDECOM on the dateof the Notice.On October 28, 2011 toattend Supreme Court,mention date for the trialof M. R.Serve the serviceproviders with a notice
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSH. was contacted on andadvised of the next courtdate. He said he wasadvised by his lawyerServe a Notice on allthose that were on theoperation to come andanswer questions. Weare particularlyinterested in therecovered firearm.Liaise with Miss D. atthe lab and ask her to gofurther with her reportand say whether the tinstrip and the shrapnelmatches themanufacturers materialMr. C. to speak withMiss D. re theusefulness of the furthertestsUpdate the family on thenext court date30-04-2012Q n A was doneNotice served to serviceprovider.On 30-04-2012, spokewith Mr. C. that he is
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSschedule to speak withMs. D. today on thematter.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS17 D.S. 27/8/11 Kingston D.S. was fatally shotby Spl. Cpl. F. S. ofthe ISCF HarmanBarracks when heallegedly pulled aratchet knife from hiswaistband and cut F.S. on the right side ofhis abdomen. He wastreated at KPH.Howevereyewitnesses refutedthe claim stating thatthe officer grabbed D.by the front of hispants pointed his guninto his face and firedone shot that caughthim at the left side ofhis face and exited atthe back of his head.Diary entries copied fromthe Denham Town PoliceStation. And HarmanBarracksStatements of witnessesrecordedAll notices sent.Response received fromthe concerned officersApplied to KPH formedical cert. Of theofficer who claimed hewas cut.Id parade forms are beingcompletedApplication to GFL, CIBand FLA to be dispatchedNotices for Q& A to theofficers scheduled forFebruary 27.To meet with Mr. C. to doreconstruction of incidentOn 2/2/12 update wasgiven to the Victim‟smother. She expressedher satisfaction on theprogress made so far.The Initial InvestigatorD/Sgt B. took theshooter‟s firearm andsubmits it to GFL
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS13/3/12 One VIU formwas served on theconcerned officer and theserved documentsreceived.Two additionalstatements were recordedgiving further descriptionof the officer.On 18/4/12 another VIUform was submitted to beserved.Q& A session scheduledfor May 1 2012 was notheld. The lawyer Mr. C.T. called on May 1 to saythat the notices wereserved On the same dayand his clients were notprepared. He requests anew date.Notices were served for Q& A to be done on May14, 2012 and May 17,2012. Mr. T. was advisedof the new dates.Q & A session was donewith Spl Cons B. and C.ID parade was done forthe Concerned Officer.However the witness
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSfailed to ID him.KPH said that theMedical Records for theConcerned Officer cannotbe located.Obtain Post MortemReport from the Legalmedical Unit
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS18 A M. 23/08/11 St Andrew On August 23, 2011at about 4:00 amA.M. of Airy Castlewas fatally shot by Ateam of police at hishome. The teamfrom the Constantspring Police Stationled by DSP G. M.includes Cons. D. F.Police VersionDSP G. M. said thathe knocked on thedoor of a house andheard explosions. Heand F. lie on theground and heopened the door. Hesaw a man insidewith a gun in hishand. The manjumped through awindow and firedagain at them. Hereturned the fire andA. was found withgunshot wounds. Afirearm with the #erased was recovered.Witness Statement.Taken on 2/2/12Notices were served onconcerned officers,Station Diary entrycollected Witnessstatements were alsocollected PostmortemReport requestedI.D. Parade forms arebeing completedTo apply to COP for IDparade of concernedofficers
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSS.K.D. said that shewas in her housewhen she heard loudknocking. She heardA.M. sister saying“No uno can do mibreda so. She openedher door and saw 3men dressed in darkcolored uniformswith short and longguns standing over A.Their backs wereturned to her so isunable to describethem. She saw A.was lying face downand one of theofficers fired severalshots in A. while hewas on the ground.She saw what washappening from alight bulb.Second Witness M.M. said that she saw apoliceman shot herbrother. Shedescribed him to beof medium built, 6 ftin height. She
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSobserved this fromabout 12ft away withthe aid of the moonthat was shiningbrightly.From all thewitnesses account hewas shot outside atthe side of his house.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS19 D.S. 17/10/11 Portland D.S. was Fatally Shotby officers from thePort Antonio PoliceStation when theyresponded to a reportfrom his common lawwife that he wasarmed with a firearm.The officers claimedthat while at thedeceased house heattacked his commonlaw wife with amachete, he wasordered to drop themachete but he kepton advancing towardsher when they shothim.Eyewitnesses reportindicates that thedeceased was notarmed with a machetebut was shot as heexited his house.Diary entries copied fromthe Port Antonio PoliceStation.Statements of witnessesrecordedAll notices prepared tobe dispatched to theconcerned officers andthe Initial Investigator.Attend Post Mortem on24/10/11Efforts made to locate thegirlfriend of the deceasedproved futile as calls toher telephone wentunansweredApplied for Post MortemReportId parade forms are beingcompletedObtained the statementsof the concerned officers.Mr. C. P. was asked tolocate the witness.9/3/12 Mr. P. was unableto locate witnessOn 9/3/12 Det. Sgt G. ofthe Port Antonio PoliceStation was asked toinvestigate if she wasSee how much the storyof the ex-girlfriend canbe refutedAsk Mobay office to tryand get a statement fromherID parade to be held30-04-2012Girlfriend not found.ID Parade was not held.Awaiting reportfrom IncidentScene Examiner
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSback in PortlandAgain applied for PostMortem ReportOn 16/4/12 Det. Sgt G.said that she was seen inthe area. He is makingfurther enquires as to herplace of abode.ID parade formscompleted to be deliveredat the Port Antonio PoliceStation to be servedContacted the LegalMedical Unit Applied forPost Mortem Report. Itwas not ready.19/4/12 Efforts made tocontact the witnesses viatelephone wasunsuccessful.On May 10 2012 went toPortland and obtainedadditional statementsfrom witnesses.The mother of thedeceased was given anupdate on the matter.VIU form was submittedto the Superintendent‟ssecretary Cpl T. forConstable L. who is the
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSshooter. He advised thatthis officer resigned inJanuary 2012 andmigrated to the USA.A letter was obtainedfrom the Superintendentto the effect.Efforts made to locate thegirlfriend of the deceasedproved futile.Went to the LegalMedical Unit for the PostMortem Report and wastold that they weresearching for thePathologist report to dothe P/M report
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS20 S. P. and D. S. 6/11/2011 St. Catherine S. P. and D.S.reportedly engagedthe police in ashootout at ShelterRock, Spanish Town,St. Catherine whenthey were fatallyshot. One firearmwith the serial #erased was allegedlyrecovered at thescene.However residentswho protested refutethe police account.Notices Served,Station Diary entriesobtainedAttended the PostMortem ExaminationFirearms of the Policeand that recovered weretaken to the labThe bodies wereidentified at Post MortemExaminationStatement of witnessesobtainedIncident SceneExamination ReportobtainedStatements of personswho identified. bodiesobtainedIncident sceneexamination reportreceived26/3/12 Applied to theLegal Medical Unit forPost Mortem ReportThe community wasvisited and efforts madeto locate eyewitnessproved futile as personsspoken to say they wereunable to assist includingDiagram to be done byMr. C.Find out who dispatchedthe officers and whyRe-canvass area forstatementsCheck for post mortem30-04-2012Diagram has not beenreceived.Mr. S. to presentstatement on this by 1-5-12Re-canvass was done, noother statementobtained.Post Mortem report notyet received.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSthe patents of thedeceased.Obtained Statement of theconcerned officers andthe initial investigatorwho took the firearms toGFL.The station diary entryindicates that theconcerned officers wereon regular foot patrol inthe Shelter Rockcommunity at the time ofthe incident.Went to the LegalMedical Unit for the PostMortem Report D. S. wasobtained however S. P.was not obtained.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS21 J.B. 09.03.12 Kingston J.B. was fatally shotby police at 58Norbrook Road (SandBed Settlement)1. Concerned officers‟hands swabbed2. Field Notices served on(3) concerned officers3. (5) Eye witnessstatements recorded4. Diary entry copied5. Post Mortem attended6. Request for firearmcompetence made fromFTTU7. Firearm andAmmunition registeredcopied8. FTTU responsereceived9. Applied for MedicalReport10. Received concernedofficers‟ statements11. Letter sent to BSIrequesting copy file12. ID parade formserved on concernedofficersAwaiting copy filefrom BSIAwaiting ID parade
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS22 D.G. 16.03.12 St. Andrew D.G. was fatally shotby police at her homein Cassava Pieceduring a reportedshootout between gunmen and police1. Concerned officers‟hands swabbed2. Field Notices served on(12) officers3. (7) Witness statementsrecorded4. Firearm andAmmunition registeredcopied5. Movement Diarycopied6. Duty Roster copied7. Request made to policeControl for tape/transcript8. Post Mortem attendedand ID statementrecorded9. Statements receivedfrom concerned officers10. Request made toFTTU for officers firearmcompetence11. Received report fromFTTU12. Post Mortem Reportreceived13. ID parade formsserved on concernedofficersAwaiting BallisticReportAwaiting IDParadesAwaiting reportfrom Police Control
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS23 S.H. 01.14.1210.14.12Kingston S. H. oc R. wasfatally shot by thepolice at aconstruction site inWater House after heallegedly engaged thepolice in shoot out.(3) guns allegedlyrecovered by thepolice1. Field Notices served on(4) concerned officersand Initial Investigator.2. Hands of concernedofficers swabbed3. Post MortemExamination attended4. Post Mortem statementrecorded5. Post Mortem reportreceived6. CIB report received7. Statements fromconcerned officersreceivedNB. Direction of bulletdo not support policeversion of a shootoutAwaiting BallisticCert.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS24 K. S. Saturday, June2, 2012Kingston On Saturday, June 2,2012 at about 4:35a.m. 25 years oldK.S. of Jarrett LaneKingston was shotand killed in hishouse at 58 MountainView Avenue,Kingston (JarrettLane). Informationobtained from thepolice a party led bythe Superintendent B.in charge of theKingston Easterndivision to includethe Area 4 specialteam were on anoperation when twoof the officersknocked on the doorof a house along thelane. The doorimmediately flewopen and two meninside armed withhandguns opengunfire them. Thegunfire was returnedand one man was hit1. Statements ofwitnesses2. Incident SceneExamination Report3. Post MortemExamination Report4. Statement of the personwho identified the body atthe post mortemexamination5. Station Diary recordsobtained6. Ballistics Certificate
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSwhile the otherescaped through arear door.However, a closerelative of the victimwho was sleeping inan adjoining roomwas awakened by theexplosion. He heardthe victim cried outand a third explosionrang out. Hewitnessed theincident through anopening at the top ofthe door that his roomfrom that of thedeceased. Accordingto the eyewitness oneof the police officerssaid „A innocentyouth unno kill man,yuh nuh si she a dewrong man unno kill.A wan a wi dis, awan a wi unnu kill.‟
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS25 J.G. 14/10/2012 Kingston Police Version:The InitialInvestigatorDetective CorporalG. reported that ateam of policeofficers to includeInspector A. F. Cpl.D. B., Cons. C. C.,Cons. L. Cole, Cons.K. D. of the HuntsBay police stationwere in the MajesticGarden area whenthey received reportsof gun men on apremise. The policereportedly respondedto the report and onreaching thepremises, a man whowas seen in the yardopened fire at thepolice. The policereturned the fire andhe was shot. He wastaken to the KingstonPublic Hospitalwhere he waspronounced dead.A Smith and WessonSec. 21 Notices Servedon the concerned officersto include the initialInvestigator.Detective Corporal G. torespond by 19/10/12Inspector A. F., torespond by 19/10/2012.Cpl. D. B., Cons. C. C,Cons. L. C, Cons. K. D.to respond by 16/10/12.Statement of the personwho I. D. the body of thedeceased at the PostMortem.Station diary Entry fromthe Hunts bay PoliceStationFirearm Entry for Cpl. D.B.,
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS9mm pistol S/R #along with amagazine containingsix (06) live roundswas reportedlyrecovered from theinjured man.Witness Version:There is noindependent eyewitness to theshooting.The scene wasprocessed byDetective CorporalG. of the Scenes ofCrime Unit and thehands of the policeofficers reportedlyswabbed by him.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS26 K.W. and N.T. 13/10/12 Kingston Police VersionThe InitialInvestigator.Detective Sergeant G.R. of the Stony HillPolice Stationreported that atapproximately 5:20a.m., police officersto include DetectiveSergeants D. and T.along with CorporalG. B., Constable R.D., Constable R. S.,Constable E. G. andConstable G. were inthe area searching forwanted men whenthey receivedinformation and wentto premises on LanePass. Onapproaching aparticular house,gunfire was heardcoming from thehouse. Two (2) menemerged from thehouse firing at thepolice. The policereturned the gunfireField Notices were servedon all the ConcernedOfficers to include theInitial investigator. Theyare to responds by Friday,2012 October 19.Station Diary Obtained
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSand both men wereinjured.The injured men weretaken to the KingstonPublic Hospitalwhere they werepronounced dead.A .357 MagnumRevolver, serialnumber ALC6321with four (4) spentshells and two (2)live rounds and (ii) aRevolver, the makeunknown, serialnumber erased withfour (4) live roundsand one spent shell.The scene wasprocessed by P. A.eleven (11) spentcasings, one (1)damaged copperjacket and bloodsamples werecollected.No eye witness wasidentified.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS27 D.R. St Thomas The InitialInvestigator,Detective Sgt. N. G.of the Morant BayPolice Stationreported that at about6:50 pm, # 11248Corporal G. H.,Constables K. E.,Constable B. B.Constable R. R. wereon patrol in theBackbush area ofFriendship Pen,Morant Bay whenthey entered premisesat 40 Frendship Penand spotted three menone of whom openedgun fire at them andthey returned the gunfire. The man whoopened fire at themwas hit and fell onthe perimeter zincfence. A Revolverwith Serial # ????was found beside himwith thee live roundsand two spent shells.The two other menAll four concernedofficers were then servedwith Section 21 Noticesto furnish their statementsby October 18, 2012 @2:00 pm.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSescaped.The injured man wasescorted to thePrincess MargaretBay Hospital wherehe was pronounceddead.# 11248 Corporal G.H. who allegedlydischarged hisweapon during theincident wascautioned andquestioned with aview of obtaining abasic understandingof what occurred.However, he declinedstating that he isdistracted andfatigued.Two of the otherofficers ConstablesK. E. and B. B. werealso questioned andstated that they toohad been on duty foran extensive periodand were traumatizedand would like some
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONStime to submit theirstatements.Constable R. R.stated that they werein the area makingchecks when theycame upon three (3)men who opened gunfire at them. The gunfire was returned andone of the men fell.He was the driver ofthe vehicle and didnot witness much ofthe incident.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS28 K.B. 9/10/2012 Kingston Fatal shooting TheInitial InvestigatorDetective Sergeant R.indicated that atapproximately 11:03pm on TuesdayOctober 9, 2010 aRoute taxi drove intothe WashingtonBoulevard andMolynes Road TotalService Station Afrantic femalepassenger alightedfrom the frontpassenger‟s seat andthe driver of the taxitried to open thedriver‟s door butfailed. He thenalighted through thepassenger door and aman excited the rightrear door. The manpulled a gun from hiswaistband and wentafter the driver of thetaxi. An off dutypolice officer wasentering the Mart andaccosted the manStatements Obtained:1. Initial InvestigatorDetective Sergeant P. R.2. The Concerned OfficerCpl K. W., of TrafficH.Q.3. Witness Who was shotD.B.,4. Witnesses who areEmployees of the TotalService Station S. B., andSupervisor D. B.,5. Station Diary entry.6. Statement of Witnesswho I. D. Body at postMortem Exam.1. Hand-swabcertificate fordeceased and policeofficers;2. BallisticsCertificate;3. Entries fromFirearm andAmmunitionRegisters and theOfficer who issuedthe officers Firearm45. Statement frompersonnel whoprocessed sceneand relevantpictures;6. Statement frompersons whotransmitted exhibitsfrom scene toForensic lab; and,
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSwith the gun in hishand. The concernedofficer fired severalshots in his direction.The armed man washit and a Colt .45semi auto Pistol,bearing serial number70B41446 with onelive round recoveredfrom him.A man who identifiedhimself as D.B. of 12Toronto Ave.Kingston 10sustained whatappeared to be agunshot wound to hisleft leg. Both menwere taken to theKingston Publichospital where thegunman waspronounced dead andMr. B. was treatedand released.The identity of thetaxi driver and hispassenger were notestablished as bothpersons left the
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSstation immediatelyafter the incident.INDECOM‟sInformationTechnology Manager,Mr. M. J. visited thescene anddownloaded a footageof the incident fromthe service station‟sClose Circuit T.V.Witness Version:A statement wasrecorded from Mr.D.B., as well as twoemployees (serviceattendant) of theservice station. Theemployees account isconsistent with thatof the police,however Mr. D. B.who appears to bementally challengedsaid he only heardexplosions and ran.He subsequently felta burning sensationand saw blood oozingfrom his leg.The scene was
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSprocessed and ten(10) 9 mm casings,two (2) bulletfragments and bloodsamples werecollected.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS29 M. L., H. D. andM. A.12-Jan-13 St. Andrew According to Corp. D.F., his team includingSergeant M., Cons.S., Cons, R., Cons L.and Cons. R. alongAcadia Drive, whenthey observed a blueMitsubishi motorvehicle travellingalong the roadwayheading in asoutherly direction.The motor vehiclewas signaled to stopand the driver of themotor vehiclereluctantly obeyedthe instruction. Asthe motor vehiclestopped menalighted from it andfired on the police.The police returnedthe fire and three ofthe men were shot.One man ran ontoEvans Avenue andwas chased, howeverhe managed to1. The hands of the policeofficers implicated in theincident were swabbed.2. Section 21 Noticeswere then prepared andsigned for by eachconcerned officer. Duedates for response toNotices are MondayJanuary 14, 2012 at 12:00noon.3. The two (2) recoveredfirearms andammunitions were seen,examined and necessaryinformation recorded. ATTranquility Funeral Homewhere the bodies ofthree (3) men were ID,the body of M. L.,resident of Smokey Vale,was identified by O. S.(uncle). The second manU. D., o/c ‘G’ wasidentified by the policeon the basis that hereports on condition ofhis bail to the ConstantSpring Police Station.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSescape. The threeinjured men weretaken away to getmedical attention.Two firearms one (1)Mack 10,machinegun ,serial numbererased, andmagazine containingfour (4) live rounds,and a Arcus 9 mmPistol serial number25HP400872 andmagazine with six (6)live rounds wereallegedly recoveredon the scene.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS30 H. M. 24-Jan-13 Marl Road,KingstonActing oninformation fromPolice control abouta spate of robberiescommitted by mentravelling in a Greyand Black, Toyota,Mark II motor car. Amarked police unitfrom the KingstonCentral PoliceDivision observed amotor car fitting thedescription given byPolice control andattempted tointercept the car. Thecar was signaled tostop but the driverdisobeyed the policeinstructions andshots were fired fromthe car. The policereturned the fired.Other units in thevicinity also engagedthe motor car. Apursuit ensued afterwhich the motor car1. The hands of two (2) ofthe concerned officersswabbed.2. Proceeded to theHunts Bay Police stationwhere he interviewedMr. G. and the othersuspect identified as M.G.3. Contacted SI S., andrequested the support ofArea 4 Scenes of Crimepersonnel to swab thehands of the twosuspects.4. Two firearms one (1)Taurus revolver serialnumber SB719751 withthree (3) live rounds andthree (3) spent shells andan Astra 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, serialnumber partiallyobscured with amagazine with seven (7)live rounds were seen,examined and thenecessary informationrecorded, however not1. Hand-swabcertificate fordeceased andpolice officers,2. BallisticsCertificate3. Statement fromperson whoidentified body ofdeceased atTranquility FuneralHome at PostMortem4. Statements frompolice officers5. Statements fromofficers issuing theConcerned Officerswith the firearmsand ammunition6. Statements frominitial investigatorto include chain ofcustody ofweapons tolaboratory
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONScrashed along 5thStreet off Marl Road.Another shootoutensued during whichone of the men wasshot and injured. Healong with another ofthe men who alsosuffered injuries wastaken to the KPHwhere he waspronounced dead.The other injuredman was treated andreleased in thecustody of policeofficers. The thirdman was taken intocustody.photographed.5. All concerned officerswere interviewed.6. Section 21 Noticeswere then prepared andsigned for by eachconcerned officer. Duedates on the Notices areFriday January 25, 2013.7. At the TranquilityFuneral Home. Wherethe body of theunidentified man wasseen lying on a slab. Thebody was processed andverbal notices were thenserved on Det. Sgt. W.and his team along withDet. Cpl. W. for theirstatements.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONS31 K. R. o/c B. A. 17-Dec-12 Kingston Detective CorporalM., then briefed usthat at about 5:00p.m. a police partywas on an operation(searching forwanted men) in theDenham TownCommunity, when onentering 4th Street,(off Collie SmithDrive) a group ofmen on seeing thepolice ran in differentdirection. # 7283Corporal F. D.,attached to theMobile ReserveDivision gave chaseand a few of the menran unto premises#7. During thepursuit Corporal D.,observed a door toone of the premisesbeing closed andwent to investigate.He approached thedoor and kicked it
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSopen and saw one ofthe men he waschasing attemptingto go through awindow. The man onseeing the policeofficer turned andpointed a firearm athim. The mandischarged oneround from hisweapon. The policeofficer returned thefire, firing four (4)rounds from his M16rifle before the riflebecame defective.The officer thenpulled his 9 mmGlock sidearm anddischarged one (1)round from it. Theinjured man wasthen taken away toget medicaltreatment. One (1).380 Taurus pistolwith five live roundsin the magazine was
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY A INVESTIGATIONSrecovered from thescene.An appreciation ofthe scene was doneand observationsmade. No witness tothe incident wasidentified.
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  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSNo.Deceased/VirtualComplainantDateof IncidentLocationofIncidentAllegations Action TakenActionRecommendedReason for Incompletion1 J.F. 4.07.2012 Kingston J.F. was reportedlyfatally shot during ashootout with policeofficers comprised of ateam mostly fromMobile Reserve but ledby Inspector K. M.from the Stony HillPolice Station in abushy section of theBrook Level area ofGolden Spring, St.Andrew. It wasreported by Officersthat three (3) men whowere suspected to beinvolved in a series ofhomicides in the StonyHill community wereseen at a house and onthe approach of thepolice, they openedgunfire and two (2) ofthe men ran and J. whowas clutching a .38a) On the spot noticeswere served on twelve(12) Officers fromMobile Reserve , Two(2) from Stony Hill andtwo (2) from ConstantSpring Police Stationb) Collected Diary entryfrom the Stony HillPolice Stationc) Obtained responsesfrom officers the eleven(11) officers fromMobile Reserved) Collected diary entryand Firearms andAmmunition Registeras well as MovementDiaryfrom Mobile Reservee) Attended post-mortem examinationand recorded statementfrom mother ofAwaiting Ballistics and HandSwab CertificatesNov 5, 2012: still awaitingballistics and hand swabcertificates. Awaiting 2statements from Det. Sgt. A.and Det. Cons. P. W.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSRevolver with serialnumber and makeerased was shot andpronounced dead athospital.deceasede) Received copy offuneral programmefrom mother ofdeceasedf) Obtained Post-mortem examinationresultg) Prepared anddelivered notices forOfficers whodistributed the firearmsto the police officers toprovide statements.h) Received statementand CD fromINDECOM’s ForensicExaminersi) Obtained statementfrom InvestigatingOfficer, Det. Sgt. H.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS2 D.A. 21.08.2012St.AndrewD.A., 38 years old ofHermitage District,August Town wasfatally shot by policeofficers from the HalfWay Tree PoliceStation during a shoot-out and who wereconducting operationsin the Kintyre area ofKingston.A .38 Smith andWesson Revolver withserial numberCFK0453 wasrecovered from thescene.1. On the spot noticesserved on the twoconcerned officers (Cpl.C. D. and Cons. R. D.)as well as theinvestigating officer,Det. Inspector O. fromthe Half-Way TreePolice Station2. Diary entries werecollected from thePapine Police Station3. Firearm andAmmunition Registerrecorded from the Half-Way-Tree PoliceStation4. Attended postmortem examinationand recorded astatement from K. A.,brother of D. whoidentified the body.4. Prepared letter toFLA, CIB andForensics Laboratory5. Prepared anddelivered at the Half-Way-Tree PoliceStation, notices forofficers who issuedAwaiting Ballistics and HandSwab CertificatesAwaiting responses from CIB,FLA and Forensics LabNov 5, 2012: awaiting statementfrom Officer who issuedfirearms and ammunitions to theconcerned officers.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSfirearms andammunition to theconcerned officers.6. Received post-mortem examinationreport7. Obtained statementsfrom ConcernedOfficersAnd InvestigatingOfficer.Nov 5, 2012: Receivedstatements from officerswho issued firearms andammunition to theconcerned officers.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS3J.G. o/c“C.C.B."23.06.200111.08.2011KingstonINDECOM receivedinformation that a manJ.G. o/c “C.C. B." ofRose Town, Kingston12 was fatally shotduring a shootout withpolice officers atBamboo Ridge,Bartons, St. Catherine.1) Station Diary entrycollected. (2 Notices toOfficers, P. B., J. M., K.R., and G. S. from theTransnational Crimeand Narcotics Divisionprepared and deliveredon August 25, 20113. Request forBallistics Report madeon Thursday,September 8, 20116. Notices to Scenes ofCrime officers, WomanCorporal S. T. and Det.Sgnt. R., was preparedand delivered to theScenes of Crime sectionin Spanish Town aswell as other OfficersG. S. and M. fromDenham Town andSgnt. L., Cpl. C. L.,Cpl. M. T., Cpl. K. M.from TransnationalCrime and NarcoticsDivision on Monday,October 3, 20117. Received interimreport from BSI8. Prepared letter toCheck to see whetherthe deceased waswanted (Crime Book @Rose Town PS, internetor CCN)Follow weaponrecovery procedureDOC Review29-02-2012FIR to be completed.Nov 5, 2012: FIR wascompleted on 10/10/12FIR is beingcompleted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSACP, G. G. requestingPost Mortem Report,Statements from theCrime Scene Persons,folio number forexhibits, Ballistics andHand Swab Certificateif received.9. Response receivedfrom Cons. R., M. andB., M., T., Det. Sgt. R.and S. on September19, 201110. Received PostMortem Report fromBSI on September 28,201111. Obtained CDdocumenting the crimescene11. Received responsesfrom all concernedofficers12. Ballistics reportreceived on December23, 201113. Checked theWeapons RecoveryBook at the GreaterPortmore Police Stationand there was no entry
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSmade14. Checked theinternet and foundinformation relating tothe deceased beingwanted.15. Received responsefrom Officer B. whohanded the gun andammunition to theofficers from theDenham Town PoliceStation5. There are no knowneye witnesses and assuch no statements werecollected, gunrecovered and it isalleged that deceasedwas a wanted manFIR was completed
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS4 M.M. 8/11/2011St.CatherineM.M. and a group ofmen reportedlyengaged the police in ashootout on DarlingtonDrive in Old Harbourwhen he was fatallyshot and the other menescaped. One HomadeShot Gun was allegedlyrecovered at the scene.No known eyewitnessto the incident.Incident took place onDecember 5, 2010 butthe complainantreported it toINDECOM onNovember 8, 20111. Notices Served, onDet. Cpl. B. L. InitialInvestigator, Det. Cpl.R. L., Cpl. W. P., Cons.O. M., Det. Cpl. R. L.2. Station Diary entryobtained3. Firearms of thePolice and thoserecovered were taken tothe lab4. Sent Letters to CIB,FLA and Forensics Lab5. Applied for postmortem report andreceived same6. Received responsefrom L. L., Scenes ofCrime personnel onFebruary 15, 2012.7. Obtained statementform D.C. R. L. andDet. Cpl. R. L. on the16th of May 20128. Second set of noticeswere prepared.9. Post-mortem reportreceived.10. Spoke with SSP P.who directed me toDSP G. ReceivedReview02-05-2012Investigator is to servea second set of Noticeon the concernedofficers to give returnswithin four (4) days.Nov 5, 2012: 2ndnotice was served on….. And responsereceived.Awaiting Ballistics Report andHand Swab CertificateNov 5, 2012: still awaitingballistics.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSstatements from allconcerned officers onJuly 9, 201211. Provisional FIR isbeing done5 V.B. o/c “C.D.”12/11/2011 St.CatherineV.B. o/c “C. D.” wasfatally shot by thepolice on 12/11/11about 1:20 am alongTerminal Road,vicinity of CasinoRoyal Dance Hall OldHarbour, St. Catherineafter he allegedlyengaged the police in ashootout. One .38Rossi Inter ArmsRevolver Serial#W330139 loaded withone live .38 cartridgeand two .38 spentshells was recoveredfrom him.1. Notices Served onthe Officers involved,they are Cpl. H. T., Cpl.W. P., Cons. O.L M.Cpl M. M. from St.Catherine TSDprocessed the scene2. Recorded statementfrom Mr. V. B. father ofdeceased who identifiedthe body at the post-mortem.3. Received statementfrom InvestigatingOfficer, Cpl. R. L.4. Received IncidentScene Report from K.G. and CDReview02-05-2012Notices are to be re-issued by Monday May7, 2012 with four (4)days for statements.Nov 5, 2012: Noticeswere served on…. Andresponses received.Awaiting Ballistics and HandSwab CertificateNov 5, 2012: still awaitingballistics and hand swabcertificate.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS5. Letters sent to GFLand CIB.6. A 2nd set of noticeswere prepared for theofficers involvedinclusive of theW/Cons. L. who issuedthe firearms andammunition to thepolice officers onTuesday, May 8, 20127. Received PostMortem ExaminationReport on April 24,20128. Spoke with DSP G.who promised to collectall statements fromofficers and submit tous by Monday, July 9,20129. Received statementsfrom officersProvisional FIR is beingdone
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS6 K.T. and D.B. St.Catherine1. K.T. and D.B. werefatally shot along theRiversdale main roadwhen both deceasedand another man whoescaped allegedlyopened gunfire at thepolice who wastravelling in anunmarked vehicle.2. Det. Cons. J. G.who was the driverreturned the fire fromwhere he was sitting atthe driver’s seat hittingboth men.3. The third manescaped and a firearmwith serial # TSJ 31187was recovered.5. The police accountof the incident was notchallenged as noknown eyewitness wasidentified.1. Station Diary entriesfrom Bog Walk andRiversdale PoliceStations obtained aswell as Firearms andAmmunition Registerfor E. and J.2. Notices sent to theofficers, G., G., S. N.,A. J., E. C. and initialinvestigator3. Obtained ForensicExaminer’s report onthe 9th of January 2012.4. Received returns thatnotices were served onSgt. N., Sgt. E., Det.Sgt. R. G., Cons. A. J.,Det. Cons. J. G., Cons.E. C. on the 24th , 27thand 28th of January2012 and5. Attended postmortem examinationand collectedstatements of thepersons (O. W. and D.B. who identified thebodies.6. Applied for andreceived post mortemTo obtain Forensic (Hand-swab)Certificate for the deceased andpolice officers involvedBallistics Certificate
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSexamination reports onApril 24, 20127. Followed FirearmRecovery Procedure bywriting to CIB,Forensics and FLA8. Received statementfrom InitialInvestigator, R. G. whoinformed that he wasthe one who transmittedthe firearms to theforensic laboratory.9. Obtained Statementsfrom Sgt. N. who issuedfirearms andammunition to theconcerned officers10. Received statementsfrom concernedofficers, A. J., J. G. andE. C.11. Collected Firearmsinformation for G.Notice Officer Cons. L.G. who had inspectedsame as G. Firearm isKeep and Care.Received statementfrom OfficerProvisional FIR is being
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSdone
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS7 D.A.S. 31.03.2012 Kingston Reports are that on the31st of March 2012 atapproximately 5:04a.m., police officersfrom Hunts Bay PoliceStation were patrollingthe Olympic Gardenscommunity when onreaching Robins Roadthey saw three (3) menwalking. The policestopped the men andrequested a search oftheir person then one(1) of the men pulled afirearm and fired at thepolice. The policereturned the gunfireand one of the men washit while the other two(2) jumped into nearbygully and escaped.1) On the spot noticeswere handed toconcerned officers,Constables B. B., K. T.and A. G. as well asinvestigating officer L.B.2) Visited Post mortemand collected statementof identification fromD. father, D. S.3) Obtained statementsfrom concerned officers4) Prepared anddispatched letters toCIB, Forensic Services.Also to Legal MedicineUnit requesting post-mortem examinationreport.5) Collected diaryentries from Hunts BayPolice Station as well asFirearms andAmmunitions register7) Obtained postmortem report on April24, 20128) Received IncidentScene Report from P.A. and H. C. on JuneReview02-05-2012Post Mortem Report isoutstanding.1Awaiting Ballistics Report2. Awaiting phone recordsNov 5, 2012: Post mortemreport was received. Awaitingballistic report.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS11, 20129) Obtained statementfrom W/Sgt. G. whoissued firearms andammunition to B. B.and K. T.10) Received responsefrom CIB headquarterswhich indicated the gunallegedly taken from thedeceased was involvedin a fatal shootingincident on the 22nd ofFebruary 201011) Had response fromForensic Lab whichindicated that theweapon was neverreceived at the lab priorto this incident fortesting.Provisional FIR wasprepared and submitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS8 A.R. o/c ‘S’, 14/04/11St.CatherineOn Thursday, 2011April 14 at about 1:30pm A.R. o/c ‘S’, 24years old D.O.B.22.6.1986 unemployedof Love Lane, MarchPen Road, SpanishTown, St. Catherineand an UnidentifiedMale were fatally shotduring a shootout withthe police at KentVillage District, BogWalk, St. Catherine.One AK 47 Assaultrifle serial numberSMO5139 with amagazine containingfive (5) 7.76 cartridgesand a 9mm TaurusPistol serial number notvisible with a magazinewere allegedlyrecovered.(1) Notices served onCpl. A. J., Cons. N. K.,Cons. J. J., Spl/Cpl. DH.; DSP E. T..(2)Notice served onScenes of Crimepersonnel Det/Sgt F.Cons. R.(3)BSI Interim Reportreceived.(4)Responses receivedfrom Spl/Cpl. D. H., AJ., Cons. J. J., Cons. N.K.;(5) Station DiaryEntries from Bog WalkPolice Station copied;(6) Received CD andstatement from Cons. J.and Det/Cpl. L. K.(Scenes of CrimePersonnel)(7) On 11/8/16 Sgt. F.of the BSI wasCollect statement fromperson who identifiedthe body of A. R. forpost mortem purposes.Letter to be written toACP BSI outliningconcerns and seekassistance to get thestatements of personwho identified thebodies from thepolicemen whoattended the PostMortem Examination.On 2011September 12 at2:22 p.m. thisInvestigatorcontacted Sgt. F.of the BSI whoinformed me thatI should contacthim onWednesday,2011 September14 in regards tothe statements ofthe persons whoidentified bothbodies at the PostMortemExamination.He also said thathe would beinforming meabout the FLnumbers for theweapons andammunition thatwere taken to theForensicLaboratory forexamination.Ballistics Certificateoutstanding;Awaiting response from DSP T.Post Mortem Report forunidentified male outstandingAwaiting response from DSP H.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONScontacted in regards tothe identity of theunidentified male thatwas killed with A. R..Sgt. F. informed that aletter is being preparedto establish the identityof the body. He alsoinformed that the PostMortem Report andstatements of personswho identified the bodywill be forwarded tome, I should call him on11/8/19 to follow up;(8) Sgt. Fuller of BSIwas contacted on2011/8/23 in regards tothe identification of thedeceased man that waswith A. R. as well asthe FL # forthe Ballistic Report. Heinformed that he did nothave the FL# and thedeceased personidentification was stillbeing looked into.(9)DSP H. wrote andA second Noticeis to be sent toDSP T. toidentify the otherpersons in theparty.DeputySuperintendentH. of theForensicLaboratory is tobe contacted as towhether or notthe gun was evertestedat the laboratory.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSinformed that there areno records or evidenceto indicate that thefirearm was submittedto the Department fortesting prior to theincident.(10)Statement of DSPT. received.No eye witness (es)
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS9 A.T. 22/4/11St.CatherineOn Friday, 2011 April4 about 8:00 pm A.T.,21 years old D.O.B.26.05.1989, Driver ofApartment 64A, 5-7Ruthven Road,Kingston and R.W.were fatally shot by thepolice during analleged shootout alongJean-Marie Drive,vicinity of Lot #837Portmore Villas, St.Catherine. One 9mmGerman Luger pistolwith serial number notvisible was recoveredloaded with five (5)9mm cartridges.(1)Station Diary Entriesfrom NationalIntelligenceBureau and CaymanasPolice Stations copied(2)Responses receivedfrom Det/Sgt. R M.,and Cons. A. D.;(3)Statements of D. C.,A. E. eye witnesseswere recorded(4) Post Mortem reportof A. T. and R. W.received(5)Received CDs fromDet/Cons. S. R.,Forensic Scenes ofCrime Investigator(6) Received PostMortem Reports of A.T. and unidentifiedmale whose identity isR. W. of a Zambia ,Central Village address;(1)Ballistics Expert tofurnish information asto whether recoveredfirearm was previouslytested at the JCCFForensic Lab.(2)Investigator to findout whether the policerecorded recoveredfirearms in book andwhere are the firearmsnow. Check FirearmRecovery Book.Open Investigation intoalleged sexual assaultof S.S. by PoliceConstable D. H. in car;Ms. H. to open a newfile;Write to NIB andCISCOCA for copiesof their files (if any) inrelation to this matter.In the letterInvestigator to remindthem that this is a caseAwaiting Ballistic Certificate
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS(7)On 2011 August 22,A copy of File has beenrequested and receivedfrom BSI along withstatements of thepersons who identifiedthe bodies of both maledeceased.(8) Newspaperclippings wereobtained.24-4-2012Case is withINDECOM’s LegalDepartment.(1) On 2012/8/8 filereceived from legaldepartment with letterswritten to CISOCA.Awaiting response.Witness statementscorroborate that of thepolice officers involved.(1) Received file fromLegal Department oninvolving sexualassault and pursuant toINDECOM Act, mattershould have beenreported to INDECOMwithin 24 hours;Legal Officer toprepare letter.Investigator to findnewspaper clipping andattach to file;Investigator to find outwhich police stationCons. D. H. was takento.File was given to theLegal Department.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS2012/8/8 with letter toCISOCA.(2)Response receivedfrom CISOCA on 12/8/14.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS10 J.Y. 5/19/2012 KingstonAt approximately 3:00a.m. INDECOM’stelephone operator Mr.O. W. reported ashooting incident bythe police at 9 RedHills Boulevard,Kingston 8. On arrivalat the intersection ofRed Hills Road andRed Hills Boulevard atapproximately 4:00a.m. Detective C. R. G.of the Constant SpringPolice Station who isthe initial investigatorand his team were seenpreparing to leave thescene.Detective G. informedthat the scene wasprocessed by DetectiveCorporal H. of the St.Andrew North Scenesof Crime and the bodyof the deceased wastaken to TranquilityFuneral Home.Police Version:Reports are that atabout 1:00 am on May(1)The woman who wasallegedly attacked bythe victim and twoother men confirmedthe informationobtained from thepolice. Her statementwas not recorded, as shewas being treated by themedical staff at the timeof our visit. Herparticulars as well asthat of the male wereobtained with theexpectation ofinterviewing them andrecording theirstatements at a laterdate.(2)The medical staff atthe hospital informedthat the male wasadmitted in seriouscondition and wasunable to speak.Chief ForensicExaminer, H. C. andForensic Examiner. K.G. swabbed the hands
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS19, 2012 police officersfrom the OperationalSupport Team of Area5 Division respondedto a report of shootingat Red Hills Boulevardin the vicinity of theshopping centre. Ontheir arrival they weregreeted with gunfire.The police returned thegun fire and when theshooting subsided oneman was foundsuffering from whatappears to be gunshotwounds. A .38 Tauruspistol (serial numbererased) with two (2)live rounds and two (2)spent shells wererecovered from theinjured man. Theinjured man wasescorted to theKingston PublicHospital where he waspronounced dead andthe body taken toTranquility FuneralHome. The deceasedof the officers involvedat the Constant SpringPolice Station. Thefirearm which wasreportedly recoveredwas processed andhanded over for storagealong as those of theofficers involved. Theweapons will betransported to theBallistic section of theGovernment ForensicLab for testing on May22, 2012.(3)Statement of O. Y.,father of J. Y.(deceased), whoidentified the body atthe morgue recorded;(2) Incident SceneExaminer Reportreceived;(4) Station Diary entrycopied;(5)Notices delivered tobe served on Det/Cpl.H., St. Andrew Scenesof Crime Unit, Spl/Sgt.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSwas identified as J.Y.,18 years old,unemployed of 85 RedHills Road, Kingston 8.Further reports are thatMs. D. W., 36 yearsold, of 85 Red HillsRoad, Kingston 8 andMr. R. A., 56 years old,unemployed of 9 RedHills Boulevard,Kingston 8 werewalking along RedHills Boulevard whenon reaching the vicinityof 11 Red HillsBoulevard they wereattacked by mennumbering about 3 whowere armed. The menopened gunfire hittingthe male all over hisbody and chased thefemale to the rear ofpremises # 11 whereshe was assaulted bythe men. She sustainedwounds to her head andhands. Both injuredpersons were taken tothe Kingston PublicA. Lee, Spl/Cpl. U. R.;Spl/Cpl. C. A.Spl/Cons. A. F. andSpl/Cons. C. M.,Awaiting responses;(6) Post Mortem Reportapplied for, awaitingresponse;(7) Post MortemReport received.(8) Received statementsfrom the above-mentioned officers.(9) Received statementfrom Det/Cons. D. B. –Scene of Crime, CD’sand Forensic Labreceipts.(10)Received statementfrom Det/Cpl. R. G.,Initial Investigator.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSHospital.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS11 G.F. 6/12/2012 KingstonAt approximately 9:35p.m. Police Controlreported a fatalshooting incident bythe police at NorthHeroes Circle,Kingston 4. Atapproximately 10:10p.m. SeniorInvestigator S. arrivedat the scene followedby Forensic Examiner,K. G. and shortlythereafter InvestigatorsC. and D. DetectiveSergeant J. B. of theKingston CentralPolice Station who isthe initial investigatorand his team was seenat the cordoned area ofthe scene.Detective S. B.informed that theinjured man was takento the Kingston PublicHospital where he waspronounced dead andthe body taken to(1)While on the sceneefforts were made toidentify eyewitness,however our effortsproved futile as nonewas identified.Information garneredfrom persons in andaround the parkindicated that the parkis plague-ridden witharmed men who rapeand rob their victims ona regular basis underthe cover of darkness.(2)The scene wasprocessed by ForensicExaminer, K. G. Shewas assisted by the JCFTechnical ServicesDepartment personnel.Ten (10) M16 Spentcasing were recoveredat the scene.(3)The hands of theofficers involved wereswabbed at the CentralPolice Station. Thefirearm which was
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSTranquility FuneralHome.Police Version:Reports are that # 4761Corporal D. D., #12126 Constable B. H.and # 12893 ConstableK. H. of the KingstonCentral Police Stationwere on mobile patrolin the National HeroesPark when at about8:20 p.m. theirattention was drawn toan armed man in thevicinity the northernsection of the Park.The officers accostedthe man and he escapedthrough an exit in thevicinity of the WolmersBoys School. Heallegedly openedgunfire at the lawmenas they pursued him.The officers returnedthe gunfire in thedirection of the nowdeceased as he raneasterly along the mainroad at North Heroesreportedly recoveredwas processed andhanded over for storagealong as those of theofficers involved. Theweapons will betransported to theBallistic section of theGovernment ForensicLab for testing on June13, 2012.(4)Notices were servedon Cpl. D. D., Cons. K.H., Cons. B. H. andDet/Sgt. J. B. at theCentral Police Station.(5)INDECOM ForensicExaminer alsoprocessed the body ofthe deceased atTranquility FuneralHome.(6) On 12/6/20statement of P. H. wasrecorded as sheidentified the body ofG. F.,(7) On 2012/6/21statements of Cpl. D.D., Cons. B. H. and K.H., were received in
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSCircle. He was shot inthe vicinity of theWolmers Girls Schoolwhere he fell.A Colt Magnum .38Revolver with serialnumber 98512J withtwo (2) live rounds andfour (4) spent shellswere recovered fromthe injured man .office.(8) On 2012/6/26station diary entrycopied and statementfrom Det/Sgt. B.,receipt from ForensicLab and copy statementof P. H., were received.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS12 R. F. 8/4/2012 KingstonReports are that atapproximately 9:15p.m. #4509 SergeantW. M. o/c “H.-a-D.”and #13291 ConstableA. G. of the Hunts BayPolice Station were onpatrol in the BarrettAvenue area offMaxfield Ave inKingston when theysaw some men standingat the gate of premisesnumber 8 and onapproach of the policethe men engaged thepolice in a running gunbattle at the end ofwhich one man wasfound to be sufferingfrom gunshot wounds.The man was taken tothe Kingston PublicHospital by member ofDelta Team where hewas pronounced deadby doctor on duty onarrival.A P229 Sig Sauer 40(1)On 2012 August 5Notices were served onSergeant W. M.,Constable A. G. andDetective Corporal P.of the Hunts Bay PoliceStation.(2)Firearm andAmmunition Registerscopied for Sgt. W. M.and Cons. A. G.,(3) Station Diary entriescopied.(4) Statements receivedfrom Sgt. W. M., Cons.A. G. and N. P.,(5) Letter dated 17/8/12with newspaperclipping dated August16, 2012 received fromun-named source.(6) Statement ofDet/Cpl. D. R., ForensicCrime SceneInvestigator receivedalong with Viewer’sCD.(7) Post MortemExamination Reportreceived.(8) Statement and report
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSCaliber Pistol with itsserial number erasedalong with magazinecontaining 10 roundswas found beside him.The body is presentlyat Tranquility FuneralHome pending PostMortem Examination.Investigations revealedthat there werewitnesses to thisincident but none iswilling to comeforward to assist in theinvestigation.of K. G., ForensicExaminer received.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS13 C.B.03.03.1205.03.12KingstonC.B. was fatally shotby the police at #16AGreenwich Crescent,Trench Town Kgn 5;after he allegedly firedgunshots at the police.A firearm was takenfrom him.1. Field Notice servedon (3) concernedofficers and initialinvestigator.2. Hands of concernedofficers swabbed3. Station Diarycollected4. Post MortemExamination attended5. Letter submitted toFLA and CIB6. Post Mortem reportapplied for7. Post Mortem IDstatements received8. FLA respondreceived9. Statements receivedfrom 2 of 4 officers10. INDECOM ISEreport received11. 2/8/12 R. receivedfile from SI S. Read fileand continueinvestigations.12. 14/9/12 collectedfirearm details fromKeep and Care List atDenham Town PoliceStation.Outstanding documents:1. Ballistic Cert. 2. AwaitingNIB report3. Further statement from D/SgtS. (On vacation leave) re chainof custody of firearms to Lab.ballistic report outstanding
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS13. 18/9/12 receivedPost Mortem Rep.11/10/12: (1) Recdresponse from D/Sgt. S.or other officers re:chain of custody offirearms to lab. Identityof shooter. (2) Bothofficers Cpl. G. B. andSgt. C. fired. Neither ofthem identified eachother. (3) Ballisticreport outstanding toprove who the shooteris. (4) Bullet recoveredfrom the body at PostMortem exam.29/10/12: Applied forBallistic Certificate.Contacted D/Sgt.S.@3:54pm Re: furtherstatement for chain ofcustody of weaponsinvolved. He indicatedthat statement is readybut J.P. did not stampand sign.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS14 S.H. O/c R.01.4.1210.4.12KingstonS.H. O/c R. was fatallyshot by the police at#36 Henley Road,Water House Kgn 11,at a construction site inWater House. Heallegedly engaged thepolice in shoot out.Three (3) firearmsallegedly recovered bythe police.1. Field Notices servedon (4) concernedofficers and InitialInvestigator.2. Hands of concernedofficers swabbed3. Post MortemExamination attended4. Post Mortemstatement recorded5. Post Mortem Reportreceived6. Received concernedofficers’ statements7. Firearm registerscopied8. 2/8/12 R. receivedfile from SI S. Read fileand continueinvestigations.9. Provisional FIR to bedone.16/10/12: Firearmrecovery letter sent offto FLA awaitingresponse. Responsefrom CIB HQ, TSP,Forensic lab report, nomatch found. 26/10/12:(1) copy diary entry @Olympic Gardens orNB. Direction of bulletdo not support policeversion of a shootout.From CI W., visitOlympic GardensPolice Station and copydiary entry dispatchingteam onenquiries/patrol.Outstanding documents:1. Ballistic Cert.2. NIB report3. Hand Swab Cert.Ballistic cert still outstanding.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSHunts Bay PoliceStation dispatching theteam on duty and whenthe returned (2) furtherstatement - D/Cpl. W.re: chain of custody offirearms to say who didhe hand over thefirearms for safekeeping and fromwhom did he receivethem to be taken to thelab (3) Ballistic Cert.outstanding. (4) FLAresponse letteroutstanding. 29/10/12:Applied for Ballisticcertificate. 31/10/12:visited the OlympicGardens police station,copy diary entries.diary not found andD/Cpl. W. was atCourt.4/11/12:telephone to speak withD/Cpl. W., ring straightto voicemail, msg leftfor him to contact R., refurther statement.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS15 C.P. 3/6/2012Kingston5C.P. was fatally shot bythe police at #2ALincoln Road, Kgn 5,in an alleged shoot out.A firearm wasallegedly taken from P.1. Field Notices servedon concerned officers.2. Witness statementreceived3. 5 of 6 concernedofficers’ statementsreceived4. Letters sent CIB andFLA re: firearmrecovered and Policelicensed firearm5. Response receivedfrom FLA6. 31/8/12 Receivedinitial investigator’sstatement, witnesses M.R. and R., P. who IDbody at Post Mortem.7. Received SpecialCons. N., statement.12/9/12: TelephonePathology Dept. re PostMortem which is notready. 16/10/12:Received Post Mortemreport. 26/10/12:Outstanding: (1)Ballistic certificate (2)further statement fromD/Cpl. M. as to chain ofcustody. (3) D/Cpl. M.,Outstanding documents:1. Post Mortem Report2. Ballistic Cert.3. Hand Swab Cert.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSCIB to speak to re:chain of custody offirearm as he gave M. aballistic receipt for theweapons. (4) If thefirearms were handedover to the Guard room,who recd them andwhere they were stored.(5) Cons. L. identifiedCpl. H., as the shooter.(6) No bullet recoveredat Post Mortem.27/10/12: contactedD/Spl. M. 4436831 whoinformed me thatD/Cpl. M. took all theweapons to the lab andthey were handed overto the Guardroom.Called Cpl. M., noanswer, msg left.29/10/12 contactedD/Cpl. M., whoindicated that he willprovide his statementduring this week.29/10/12: applied forballistic cert.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS16 W. C. 15-Aug-12St.AndrewW. C. was fatally shotby the Police in analleged shoot out at hisresidence at #8Dandelion Terrace,Union Gardens,Kingston 13. A firearmwas alleged taken fromhim.1. Field Notices servedon six concernedofficers and InitialInvestigator.2. Hands of concernedofficers swabbed.3. Copied Crime diaryentry and firearmentries, Hunts Bay PS.4. Recorded eye witnessstatement from M. C.,Spoke to neighboursand other residents inthe area who refused togive a writtenstatement.5. Received sixstatements from theconcerned officers.6. Attended PostMortem Examinationand recordedStatement.7. Received statementsfrom initial investigatorand D/Cons L. re chainof custody of firearms.8. Received statement& report from A. whoprocessed scene.9. Received PostOutstanding:1. Ballistic Cert.2. Hand Swab Cert.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSMortem Report26/10/12: (1) Furtherstatement from D/Sgt.W. re: chain of custody.He is to state where andwhom the firearms werehanded to. (2) D/Cons.L. also to give furtherstatement to state whotook the firearms from.(3) Post Mortem - bulletrecovered from body.Ballistic outstandingpending match. (4)Identity of shooter: -Cons. G. did not seewhen Cons. T. fired, heonly heard explosions.Cons. G. did not fire hisweapon only cons. T.fired. 29/10/12: Appliedfor Ballistic certificate.29/10/12: contactedD/Sgt. W. Hunts BayCIB re: furtherstatement for chain ofcustody of weaponsinvolved for himselfand D/Cons.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS17 P.G.September16, 2012Kingston14P.G. was fatally shotby a soldier (JDF)during a joint Policeand military patrol at#16 Chestnut Lane,Kingston 14. Gordonalleged pulled a firearmfrom his waist bandand pointed it at thepatrol team when hewas shot. The firearmwas allegedly takenfrom him.1. Field Notices servedon three concerned JDFsoldiers and one policeofficer. Also, InitialInvestigator.2. Hands of concernedofficers swabbed.3. Copied Crime diaryentry at Denham TownPolice Station.4. Attended PostMortem Examinationand recordedStatement from T. G., asister of the deceased.She did not witness theincident.5. Prepared anddelivered firearmrecovery procedureletters to CIB, FLA &Ballistic Lab.6. Prepared anddelivered letter to JDFlegal Office restatements for soldiers.7. Spoke with residencein the area who refusedto give writtenstatement.26/10/12: From CI W.;(1) All JDF soldiersstatements outstanding.(2) d/Sgt. Fraser furtherstatement re: chain ofcustody of firearms. (3)Cons. I. H. - furtherstatements, who firedoff suddenly, did theman fired at D/Cpl. S.and he did not seeD/Cpl. S. fired but heheard explosion.Outstanding Documents:1. Concerned soldiers andofficers statements2. Initial investigator statement.3. Statement from A., Scene ofCrime.4. Post Mortem report.5. Ballistic Cert.6. Hand Swab Cert.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS21/9/12: Prepared anddeliver letter to JDFlegal office, Re;Statements forconcerned soldiers.3/10/12: receivedstatements of Cons. H.,29/10/12: Applied forBallistic Cert. 29/10/12:Mr. l. C. contactedCaptain C., re:statements of thesoldiers and heindicated that they willbe delivered during thisweek. 31/10/12: Cons.H., made corrections tohis statement atDenham Town PoliceStation Registry.2/11/12 TelephoneD/Sgt. F., who statedthat his furtherstatement is ready buthis is presently inCourt.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS18 S.L-W.2010,October 26Kingston/St.AndrewOn 2010, October 26complainant said thatshe receivedinformation that herson was shot andkilled by the police.i. Visited the scene.ii. Visited the policestation – recordedstatements.iii. Sent Notice.Investigator to resendNotice to concernedpolice officers as noresponse wasreceived since 2010Investigator to getpost mortem reportsTo establish iffirearms were takento the ForensicLaboratory.To get informationfrom Firearm &Ammunition Registeri. No eyewitness identified.ii. Responses outstanding.iii. Ballistic and ForensicCertificates outstanding.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS19 D.M. 13/07/2010Kingston/St.AndrewComplainant saidthat she heardexplosions on theafternoon of13/07/2010 thenlearnt that her brotherwas killed by thepolicei. Sent Noticeii. Contactedcomplainantregarding possibleeyewitnesses.iii. Recorded furtherstatement.10-5-2012iv. Some responsesreceived.27-06-2012Copy BSI files stilloutstanding25-04-2012No eyewitnessSend Notices toconcerned officers.Request BSI files.i. Unable to locateeyewitnesses, if any.ii. Ballistic and ForensicCertificates outstanding.iii. Responses outstanding.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS20 G.B. 12/3/2011St.CatherineComplainant saidthat her brother wasshot and killed by thepolice on the12/03/11Sent Notices.27-06-2012Collected stationrecords and copy filesfrom BSI25-04-2012Investigator to getpolice statements.To get post mortemreport.To get stationrecords.Establishwhereabouts of gunsused by police.Unable toidentify anyeyewitness.Response still outstanding.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS21INDECOMobo M.C.INDECOM receivedinformation that aman was fatally shotin the Central Villageareai. Attended policestation and recordedentries from RadioMessage book.ii. Received copystatement from sisterof the deceased.iii. Perused otherentries.Investigator to getPost mortem reportand Firearm RegisterResend Notices toconcerned officer.To followINDECOM’sprocedure dealing rerecovered firearm.i. Noeyewitnesseslocated.ii. FIR to bedone.Ballistic and ForensicsCertificates outstanding.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS22INDECOMobo L.C.Kingston INDECOM receivedreport of a fatalshooting in the UnionGardens of Kingston11.Called witnesses whogave contactnumbers, one refusedto co-operate and theothers, no contactmade with them.10-5-2012Contacted initialinvestigator whopromised to makecopy of his fileavailable.Investigator to sendNotices to concernedofficer.Get firearm records.Ensure firearms weresent to Forensics Lab.Apply for postmortem report.Firearm LicensingAuthority proceduresto be followed.Make extra effort toget witnesses.Received theIncident SceneExaminer’sreportWitnesses not co-operating.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS23 INDECOMobo G.D. o/cCrime31/01/2012KingstonINDECOM receivedreport of the fatalShooting of G.D.along DumbartonAvenue Kingston 10in which it is allegedthat he engaged thepolice in a gun fight.Recorded Stationrecords.Attended PostMortem and recordedrelevant statementsSent NoticesPost Mortem Reportreceived.10-5-2012Received PostMortem reportIn dialogue withinitial investigator forcopy of the file.Established thatweapons were indeedtaken to lab.Investigator to seekresponse fromconcerned officer.Enquire aboutweapons involved inshooting.Apply for postmortem reportMake an effort toidentify witnesses.Follow firearmrecovery procedures.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS24INDECOMobo C.P.(deceased),R. and A. E.and D.B.13/11/2011Bull Bay,St.AndrewAllegations are that abus was stolen andwhen spotted by thepolice, the driverrefused to stop,persons from the busengaged the police ina shootout duringwhich one man wasfatally shot and twoshot and injured.Recorded entries fromthe various stations.Visited the injuredwho refused to givestatement.Applied for PostMortem10-5-2012Received PostMortem Report andone police statement.27-06-2012Received someresponses.25-04-2012Concerned officers’statementsoutstandingPost mortem reportoutstanding.Establish whetherpolice weapons weretaken to the lab.If firearms wererecovered,INDECOM’s firearmpolicy to beobserved.Enquiries to be madeto establish whatsecurity companywas tracking the busand to identifysecurity guardspresent at time ofincident.Firearm andAmmunitionRegisters to becopied.Statement frombus driver rerobbery.Statement fromsecurity officersand statementfrom initialinvestigatorResponses, Post Mortem andBallistics Reportsoutstanding.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSStatement fromdriver of minibus thatwas allegedly robbed.To apply for policefile in theinvestigation.Apply to TSD for CDand report
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS25D.J. 25-03-2012St.ThomasMorantBayINDECOM receiveda report that a manwas shot and killedby the police inSeaside District, PortMorant, St. Thomas.Copied Station records.Received copiedstatements from theinvestigating officeralong with the proof ofexhibit being taken tothe lab.Sent Notices.10-5-2012Firearm andAmmunition Registerreceived.Proof that exhibits weretaken to lab.Copied statementsreceived from the initialinvestigator.Revisit the scene ofshooting but neighbourswere not present.02.07.2012Post Mortem still25-04-2012Investigator toestablish whetherfirearm used inshooting was taken tothe lab.To obtain response ofconcerned officers.INDECOM’s firearmpolicy to beobserved.To apply for postmortem report.To do furtherinterviews in area toidentify otherwitnesses.Responses outstanding
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSoutstandingRecorded Firearm andAmmunition Register
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS26R. H.(deceased)R.A. (injured)2/4/2012 KingstonINDECOM receivedreport of a shootingincident alongDumbarton Avenue,Kingston 1Recorded stationrecords.Recorded statementfrom injured man.Attended Post Mortemand recorded relevantstatement.Sent Notices.10-5-2012Received responses.02.07.2012Post Mortem andMedical Certificateapplied for but stilloutstandingUnable to identify othereyewitnesses25-04-2012Investigator to obtainstatement of concernedofficers.To apply for MedicalCertificate of injuredperson.To apply for postmortem report.Investigator to establishwhether firearm used inshooting was taken tothe lab.INDECOM’s firearmpolicy to be observed.To do furtherinterviews in area toidentify otherwitnesses.To apply forMedicalCertificate.To apply for PostMortem Report
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS27INDECOMobo G.G.23/07/11St.CatherineINDECOM receivedinformation that aman was fatally shotby the police in thePoint Hill area on the23/07/11i. Visited the scene,spoke to individuals.ii. Attended the PointHill and GuanaboaVale Police Stationsand recorded entries.iii. Notices sent.Investigator to getpost mortem report.Ascertain thewhereabouts offirearms used by theshooters.i. Records outstanding fromPolice Control.ii. Particulars re stolen motorvehicle to be obtained.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS28 J.C. 26-Sep-11St.CatherineThe police went topremises in McCooksPen, along the OldHarbour main road toapprehend a wantedman J.C. The man ranon seeing the policepulled a firearm andpointed it in thedirection of the police.He was shot and takento the Spanish TownHospital where he waspronounced dead. A.38 Smith and Wessonrevolver s/n #M1845899 wasrecoveredWitness who gavestatement said she wasstanding in front ofshop with the deceasedwhen the 3 policeofficers who weretravelling in anunmarked vehicle camealong.The deceased on seeingthe police went into theshop. The police wentin after him andStatement collectedfrom complainant andwitness.Diary entries obtainedfrom Spanish TownPolice Station.Notice to Det. Cpl. J.B., Det. Cpl. D. H., Det.Cons. A. W., and Cons.D. L., Due date October24, 2011. Awaitingresponses.Notices being preparedfor Pathologist, FLA,CIB and Forensic lab.FLA, GFL and CIBrequest madePME report requestedReport from ChiefIncident Scene receivedStatements for TSDreceived.Notice prepared anddelivered for Q&A ofDet. Cons. A. W. onMay 10, 2012 @ 9:00amThe officer called to saythat he was makingarrangements with hisattorney.Cammock to givereportSee DOC for I.DQ and A with DeanHindsEnquire with TSD as towhat they have on thiscaseProvisional FIR to bedone
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSimmediately after sheheard an explosion.A new date was set forMay 29, 2012 at 9:00amAt 9:20 ms A. G. theofficer’s attorney calledand asked for apostponement for2:00pm.In consultation withDOC M., a new datewas arranged for June20 2012 @ 4:00pmcorrespondent was sentin this regard to theLawyer.When the lawyer wascalled on June 20 toconfirm she said thatshe did not get thecorrespondent. Hencedid not makearrangement for thatdate.A new date was arrivedat for June 29, 2012 at10:00 amAt 9:00 am Ms G.,called to apologizesaying that she shouldhave called beforetoday to explain that her
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSclient had a promotionalexam today and wasunable to make it.29 D.D. 5-Aug-11St.CatherineThe Police acting oninformation went topremises located atThompson Pen,Spanish Town. Ontheir approach, oneman ran. The Policegave chase and the manpulled a firearm andshot at them. ThePolice returned the fireand the man identifiedas D.D. was shot. Hewas taken to theSpanish town Hospitalwhere he waspronounced dead. A9mm Browning PistolVisited crime sceneDiary entries obtainedSpanish Town PoliceStation. No registerentries for Firearms andAmmunition foundPreparing letter to SSPA. C., re: Registers forFirearms and AmmoAdditional diary entriesobtained Spanish TownPolice Station, alsoCrime Diary entryAttended Spanish TownHospital Morgue forPost Mortem. Spokewith K. B., (girlfriend)of the deceasedKeep trying withwitness and mother
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSs/n 245PN64059 wastaken from himNotices to Sgt. S. M.,W/Cons F. W., Con LC., Con P. W., receivedLetter delivered forCIB, FLA, ForensicDept (Ballistic),Response of theconcerned officersreceivedPME report received.Responses receivedfrom FLA, CIB andForensic lab30O. M. andA.M.27-Jul-11St.Catherine1. The policeresponded to a reportof shop breaking. Onseeing the police themen drew weapons andshot at the Police. ThePolice returned the fireand two men O. M. andA.M.was shot. Theywere taken to theLinstead Hospitalwhere they werepronounced dead. Oneimitation fire armseized along with aglock magazine and(13) 9mm rounds.Visited crime sceneDiary entry, entries forFirearms andAmmunition obtainedEwarton Police StationNotices delivered forSgt P G., W/Con M. H.,D/Cpl. P. T.Ewarton Police Stationand Det. Cons. G. M.and W/Cons. A. L.Linstead Police Station.Due date November 3,2011Letter prepared forPathologistThe response of theconcerned officers
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSNo witnesses receivedIncident Scene Reportreceived31 D.O. 19-Sep-11St.CatherineThe police while onroutine patrol (PointHill) accosted two menalong the roadway.Both men pulledfirearms and fired atthe police. The policereturned fire and one ofthe men was hit. Theinjured man was takento the Spanish TownHospital where he waspronounced dead. Hewas identified as D.O.The other men escapedin nearby bushes. OneSmith and Wessonpistol s/n #A542738was recovered from thedeceased.Statements collectedfrom witness and familymember.Notices to Det. Cpl. K.S., Cpl. T., Cons. K. B.and K. F., Delivered.Response received.Letters for ForensicLab, FLA and CIBprepared and deliveredLetter to Pathologistdelivered. ResponsereceivedNotice to InitialInvestigator and TSDprepared and delivered.Ensure that theconcerned officers areproperly identifiedMr. C. is to try torecover the bullet fromthe vehicle
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS32 C.S. 20-Sep-11St.CatherineThe police went topremises in SpringVillage, Old Harbour,where on theirapproach to a barbershop, two men alightedand opened fire onthem. The policereturned the fire andone of the men was hit.He was taken to theSpanish Town Hospitalwhere he waspronounced dead. Hewas identified as C.S.A Beretta 9mm pistols/n # C305547Z wasrecovered from thescene.Visited crime sceneComplainant andwitness statementcollectedDiary entries obtainedOld Harbour PoliceStation.Notices delivered toDet. Cpl. R. P., Cpl. H.T., Cpl. W. P., Cons. O.Y. and O. M.,Letters being preparedto CIB, Forensic lab,FLA and Pathologistand delivered.Responses outstanding.See if Mr. C. can do are-construction. Get acopy of the diagramfrom K.,Contacted Det Sgt. M.Greater PortmorePolice Station. Heinformed that thestatements will beready by Friday July27, 2012.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS33 R.S. 30/9/11 KingstonR.S. was fatally shot byOfficers from theFlying Squad whenthey responded toreports that men werein the area carrying outrobberies. Theyclaimed that 4 menwhom they accostedopened fire at them onewas fatally shot anotherwere held and twoescaped. A S/W .38revolver was recoveredSR. # 71138C3The police version wasnot challenged as theman held in custodyrefused to give astatement without hislawyer.Concerned Officers:Det. Cons. K. B. firedin direction of men.Spl. Cpl. P. did notdischarge his firearm.Diary entries copied.All notices prepared tobe dispatched. Officersat Flying Squad.refused to take Noticeon Sup F. order.The notices weredelivered to FlyingSquad.The man who was heldwas released fromcustody and effortsmade to locate himhave failed as his housewas visited and wewere told he is nolonger residing there.No one could give ushis telephone or newaddress.Attend Post Mortem.Report applied forEffort made to obtainthe entry of the Firearmregister on July 2 & 7failed as the registerwas reportedly lockedin the DetectiveSuperintendent F. officeDet. Insp. M. and D/Cpl
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSB. were spoken to at thetime of visit.Concerned officer’sstatements received.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS34 O. C. 12/2/2010 KingstonO. C. was fatally shotby police officers fromthe Hunts Bay PoliceStation who were onoperation in theMaxfield Ave. area. Itwas alleged that he waskilled during a shootoutwith the police, a Smithand Wesson .357revolver with serial #AAJ5565 loaded with.357 cartridges, 1 live.38 cartridge sand three.38 casings wererecovered.The statement of oneeyewitness, a 16 yearsold, male who was withthe decease at the timesaid that he followedO. to his bar on AshleyRoad, Kgn 13 to getmoney. He waschecking the moneywhen he heard avehicle; he stoppedlooked around and sawa white jeep. O. was atthe door with bothhands in the air. As the(i) Statements ofeyewitness andcomplainant recorded(ii) Visited Scene ofshooting, the premiseswas closed.(iii) Diary entry copiedfrom the Hunts BayStation Diary(iv) PPCA letter sent toofficers involved.(v) Sect 21 Notice sentto all the officersinvolved. One of theofficers failed torespond.(vii) Requestsstatements from Sceneof Crime PersonnelRequest copy file fromBSICalled GFL reports arenot completedCalled complainantseveral times and seekher help in locatingother witnesses. Shesaid that she did notwant to get furtherinvolved as she is afraidthe police will comeTo locate eye witnessesTo collect copy filefrom BSISend TSD a Notice30-04-2012Eyewitness not located.Reserve Notice to TSDAwaiting the response of theScene of Crime PersonnelAwaiting the response of otherofficersAwaiting GFL reportsAwaiting BSI copy file
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSdoor of the vehicleopened he heardseveral shots and sawO. stretching at him tohold onto him. He ranthrough a back doorand left.and shoot her as well.Got BSI FILERe-sent noticesVisited police stationand copied relevantentriesINDECOM Firearmprocedure followedBSI Copy file obtainedwith the following:Statement of the personwho I. d. the body at thePost mortemThe initialInvestigator’s statementstates that the weaponswere handed over toBSI personnel to betaken to the lab.Post Mortem ReportobtainedObtained Copy ofstatement from theperson who I. D. thebody at Post MortemexaminationObtained Copy ofstatement of the InitialInvestigator.Cannot obtain FirearmRecords Sent Notice to
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSSSP H. for assistant
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS35 M.S. 29/4/10St.CatherineFatal Shooting of M.S.by Cons. L. B. & Cons.D. W., of MobileReserve at Old HarbourRoad, Spanish Town,St. Catherine on April22, 2010. The team ofpolice officers thatwere being led by DSPT., of Mobile Reservewere in search ofwanted men. Theywent to Morgan Lane,32A Old HarbourRoad, Spanish Town,St. Catherine the homeof the deceased. Theofficers allege that heran from the rear doorof his house wearingunderpants. Hepointed a shine handgun at Cons. D. W. andCons. L. B., who wereat the back of thehouse. Cons. W., fired3 rounds from his M16rifle in the man’sdirection. Thedeceased fell to theground clutching the(i) Statements ofeyewitnesses recorded(ii) Visited Scene ofshooting and take notes(iii) Diary entry copiedfrom the Joint TaskForce at MobileReserve and SpanishTown Police Station(iv) PPCA letter sent toofficers involved.(v) Copy statements of2 officers received fromBSI(vi) Sect 21 Notice sentto DSP T. and the othertwo officers involved.However, no responsereceived(vii) Requestsstatements from Sceneof Crime PersonnelPost Mortem Reportobtained. Was shot 3times 1. Front of chestnear midline2. Shot to right side ofabdomen3. a gunshot woundentrance present at rightback near midline(i)To obtain BallisticsCertificate(ii) To obtainstatement of personwho identified the bodyat Post Mortemexamination.Awaits copy file fromBSITo call GFL reports forreportsTo get copy file fromBSITo get Request InitialInvestigator , D/Sgt.M., statementTo get statement fromofficer who issuedfirearms at MobileReserveNotice Insp. T., tocome in and answerquestions (no Mondaysor Tuesdays)30-04-2012INDECOM has notreceived initialinvestigator’s statementStatement receivedfrom Insp T.(i)Ballistics Certificate(ii) Statement of person whoidentified the body at PostMortem examination.Copy file from BSIInitial Investigator , D/Sgt. M.,statementStatement from officer whoissued firearms at MobileReserve
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSfirearm that was takenfrom him.However, eyewitnessesrefuted the policeaccount stating that M.,was called from hishouse. While he wasopening a side doorone of the officers gavehim a white envelope.The officer who wasstanding in front of M.pointed a black gun inhis chest and shot him.Called GFL reports notyet readyRequest copy file fromBSIrequest InitialInvestigator , D/Sgt. M.,statementThe witnesses werecontacted on severaloccasions to givefurther statements. Theydeclined stating thatthey have no furtherinterest because M. isalready dead.The statements of theconcerned officers toinclude DSP T.receivedBSI Copy file obtainedwith the following1. Statement of theperson who I. d. thebody at the Postmortem2. The initialInvestigator’sstatement.To resend Notice to theInitial Investigator forhim to state who took
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSthe weapons to the labNotices resend toconcerned officers,initial investigator andTSD
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS36 D. B. 4/11/2010St.CatherineD. B. was unlawfullydetained and assaultedby the police thenreleased. When hislawyer filed an actionagainst the state he wasallegedly fatally shotby the police.BSI has no record ofthis incident.No known witnessCopy diary entry thatstates that B. wasdetained at the SpanishTown Police station on1/4/10 and on 26/4/10was releasedCopy diary entry thatstates that B. wasdetained as reasonablesuspect in a case ofshooting along RedHills Road. Copiedfrom the Constantspring Police stationdiaryThe dates of detentionand released not noted.Entry also copied fromThe charge andPrisoners Property bookthat gave the date ofarrest as 1/1/10 went toGun Ct. on 8/2/10Checked the CrimeDiary and Station Diaryat the Spanish TownPolice station for recordof fatal shooting of D.B., none found.Called Attorney A. H.,H. and she gave B.Notices to be sent tothe officers involved inthe incident also TSDand Initial Investigator.To request copy of PostMortem report from theLegal Medical UnitTo request copy filefrom BSI30-04-2012Notices were sent butstatements notreceived. Notices are tobe reissued.Request police file rerobberies tosubstantiate robberyaccusation.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSmother particulars.Met with mother ofdeceased and recordedher statement. She hadid the body at the postmortem.Checked the StationDiary at the Bog WalkPolice station for recordof fatal shooting of D.B. none found.Checked the CrimeDiary and Station Diaryat the Linstead Policestation for record offatal shooting of D. B.none found.Checked the StationDiary at the EwartonPolice station for recordof fatal shooting of D.B. The Station Diaryindicated that anunidentified male wasfatally shot during ashootout with thepolice. Furtherinvestigation revealedthat the victim is D. B.;Notices sent toconcerned officers,
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSinitial investigator andTSDOn 4/6/12 Noticesresent to concernedofficers, initialinvestigator and TSDCheck with SpanishTown Police Station forreturns but they cannotbe located.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS37 O. W. /5/11 St. AnnIt is alleged that O.W.was fatally shot byConstable H. during afight in front of theAlexandra PoliceStation. It is allegedthat Cons. H., receivedstab wounds to hishead during the attack.Diary entry copied fromthe Alexandra PoliceStationThe camera that wasused to record theincident was received.The statement of thewitnesses who recordthe incident was taken.An additional statementwas also obtained withregards to the chain ofcustody of the cameraThe witness was givena replacement camera.Efforts made to havethe camera and itscontents checked forauthenticity failed as noone capable wasidentified.Several attempts madeto obtain the statementof the witness whoreceived the camerafrom the recordingwitness failedApplied for PostMortem reportSection 21 Noticesdelivered to the St.Awaits Statements ofconcerned officersLet H. come in for asection 21 interview. Ifhe doesn’t, make a noteof it and send the file tolegal.Write to O. S.-S. andlet him be aware thatthey do have protectionunder the law; but theymust attend and musttake the oath beforeinvoking that right.Prepare a Q n A (noMondays or Tuesdays)Serve Notice on TSD30-04-2012(1) Lawyer advice thatstatement won’t bedone, however,uncertified statementsare on BSI file.(2) No instructionswere sent out forpoliceman to come forinterview, hence filefor legal departmentwas not done.(3) Letter was sent toAwaiting Post Mortem ReportOfficers along with their legalrepresentative visited the officeand requested more time tosubmit their responseTo record additional statementfrom witnessThe initial Investigator wascontacted he said that he had hisstatement to be submittedD/Cons M. of the St. AnnsTech. Serv. Div. said that hesubmitted his statement to BSI
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSAnns Bay PoliceStationConcerned officers andtheir lawyer visitedINDECOM on theresponse date August 4,2011 and ask for moretime to submit theirstatements.Concerned officers andtheir lawyer O. S. againvisited INDECOM andstated that they did notintend to submitstatements in thematter. They were asksto submit a statement tothe effect.Letter dated August 15,2011 was received on2/9/11 stating that nostatement would besubmitted in this matter.Letter sent to Counselto advise him that hisclients do haveprotection under thelaw; but they mustattend and must take theoath before invokingthat right.Mr. S., no responsereceived.???(4) Investigator is toascertain if policeweapons were taken tothe lab for Ballisticexamination.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSNo response from lettersentNotice was again sentto TSD.Statement from initialinvestigator obtainedThe weapon used werehanded over to D/Sgt K.N., the Act Div InspHe is to be sent aNotice to give custodystatementBSI copy file obtained:TSD report attachedFirearm and ammoregisterConcerned officersstatementCopies of Med CertPost Mortem Report
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS38D. R. and D.F.8/10/2011St.CatherineD.R. and D. F. wereFatally Shot by policeofficers in theSavannah Wakefieldarea of Linstead onOctober 8, 2011. Thepolice said thatinformation wasreceived thatsuspicious men weretravelling in a car in theWakefield area. Thepolice went toSavannah main roadwhere they stopped acar with 4 men onboard. Whileprocessing the menanother car came alongand they stopped it.Four men alighted fromthe car and opened fireat them, they returnedthe fire and two of themen were hit. Theywere pronounced deadat the LinsteadHospital. Two Glockpistols were recovered.The police version wasEntry from the crimediary was copied fromthe Linstead policestation.Statements of witnessesrecordedAll notices sent.Attended Post MortemExaminationApplied for PostMortem reportStatements of thepersons who I D thebodies were recordedObtained Post MortemReport for D. R., D. F.FIR is being Prepared30-04-2012Investigator is to getPost Mortem Reportand prepare FIR.Awaiting responseAwaiting post mortemAwaiting forensic certificates
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSsubstantiated by 3 ofthe four men who gavestatements to the effect.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS39J. N. and D.T.6/11/2011St.Catherine1. On 6/11/11 J. N. andD. T. were fatally shotby a police personnelfrom the OperationalSupport Team (OST)Police reported thattwo (2) teams, Team 1and Team 6 (Cpl S. S.and three otherofficers) responded toinformation frompolice control thatgunmen were in theOld Braeton Reids Penarea firing gun shots atcitizens in the area.Team 1 led by Sgt. R.M., other officers areCons. D. W., Cons. D.D., and Cons M. B.,that went to DigicelLane. A group of 8men were seen about50 feet away movingtowards the officers.The men who werearmed with rifles andhandguns fired at thepolice. The policereturned the fire andpursued the men toDiary entries copied toinclude Station Firearmand ammo.Notices sent out to allthe officers.Response received from3 including the InitialInvestigator.Post Mortems heldstatement of personwho I.D. the body of L.N. received.Applied for PostMortem report/2012 Efforts made toobtain the Post MortemReport failed as the filecould not be located atLMU30-04-2012Statement of personidentifying the body ofD. T.,Post Mortem of D.T.,still outstanding.There is no eyewitnessto this shooting. Assoon as the postmortem report and thestatements of theperson identifying thebody, FIR is to bewritten.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSSweetie man Lanewhere the two menwere found sufferingfrom gunshot wounds.Two guns wererecovered.The citizens whodemonstrated refutedthe police accountclaiming that the policewho were in maskswent into the lane andshot the 2 youth whowere unarmed.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS40 N.F.St.Catherine1. On 18/11/2011 N. F.was fatally shot bypolice personnel fromthe Caymanas SpecialOperational Team.Special Cpl. G. E.Detective Sgt. D. B.,and Cons. E. M.,2. The police reportedthat the deceasedstaged a robbery thenabducted a female,forced her into thefront passenger’s seatand drove away withher. The officers werealerted and followedthe car into Westmeadewhere a shootoutensued and thedeceased was shot.The chase ended whenthe car crashed into aparked vehicle and awall. The female wasunharmedStation Diary entriesobtained from thePassage Fort and theGregory Park PoliceStations.Notices sent to theconcerned officersResponse received fromall the officersincluding the InitialinvestigatorAttend post mortemexamination held. Thebody was not identifiedby anyone for thedeceased as they failedto cooperate.A statement wasrecorded from the sisterof the deceased to theeffect.Obtained TSD reportand photo.Post MortemExamination Reportreceived on 28/6/12Re – apply to GFL andFLA for firearm traceno response30-04-2012Copy of FirearmRegister to be obtained.Post Mortem Report tobe obtained.Investigator is toascertain if therecovered weapon wastaken to the ForensicLab and INDECOM’sFirearms Policyfulfilled.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS41 J.B. 5/1/2012 Kingston1. J. B. was fatally shoton 5/1/12 at about 5:30am by Cpl. K.F., and8791 Cpl. C. L., whoare attached to the Area4 Special OperationalTeam. Both officerswent to his homewhere the door waskicked off. Theofficers claimed thatthe deceased greetedthem with gunfirewhen they entered hishouse. They returnedthe fire and he wasshot. A firearm withthe serial # erased wasallegedly recoveredThe incident sparked ademonstration in theNorth street areahowever no knowneyewitness wasidentified.On the spot Noticesserved on the concernedofficers and the initialinvestigatorStation Diary entryobtainedMay 8, 2012 Notice re-served on concernedofficer and the Initialinvestigator forstatement30/3/12 applied for Postmortem report8/5/2012 Efforts madeto obtain the statementof the mother of thedeceased who I. D. thebody failed. She wasnot at her homeThe statement of theconcerned officers andthe initial investigatorobtainedEffort made to obtainthe Firearm Entryregister on June 5 andJuly 2 failed as theregister was reportedlylocked in the DSPOperations officeThe Legal Medical Unit30-04-2012Notice to be re-servedon concerned officerfor statement to beproduced.Entries from the FireArm registers to beobtained.Investigator is toascertain whether thepolice weapons weretaken to for ForensicLab for examination.Statement of personidentifying body ofdeceased is to beobtained.Statement of initialinvestigator to beobtained.Post mortem report tobe obtained.Senior Investigator is toensure that theinvestigationcommenced.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSwas checked on July 6,2012 however was stillnot ready.No response from GFLand FLA
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS42 A. L. 10/1/2012 KingstonF/ S of A. L. Policesaid that they spottedtwo men walking alonga gully bank towardsthe Markland MainRoad when both menpulled firearms. Theman at the back openedfire at them andretraced his footstepsthe police returned thefire and the man in thefront who did not firewas shot. E waspronounced dead whileundergoing treatmentat the UWI. A .38pistol with the serial #erased was allegedlyrecovered.However witnessesclaimed that thedeceased was walkingalong Fredrick Avepealing an orangewhen he was shot bythe policeScene was visited byINDECOMInvestigators whocommencedinvestigation.ISE personnelprocessed the scene.Notice served on theconcerned officersFirearm and ammodiary entries copiedStation Diary entrycopiedStatements collectedfrom persons whovisited INDECOM.These persons did notwitness the incident.They howeverdescribed the officerswho they saw at thescene.The initial Investigatorcalled to say that he wasin possession of thestatements and wouldtake them toINDECOM on 30/1/12.However to date theyhave not been receiveddespite message left onID parade to beconducted immediatelyContinue efforts to geteye witness statements30-04-2012ID Parade has not beenheld as there is noeyewitness to theincident.Exhibits taken to the lab includethe weapon found and that ofthe concerned officers on13/1/12Awaits concerned officer’sstatement.Post Mortem Exam to be heldThe Firearm recovered to betaken to the TSD Duke Streeton Monday 16/1/2012 to befumigated for fingerprintCollect outstanding statementsfor concerned officers- (Jan.27th)
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSthe officers voice mailreminding him tosubmit sameNB The witness who isa senior citizen hadearlier claimed that shewitnessed the incident.However, when she wasinterviewed on January27, 2012. She said thatshe did not witnesswhen the shootingoccurred. She saw theVictim walking alongthe road and a policevehicle that was passingstopped and accostedthe Victim. She isunable to describe theofficers in the car.The alleged witness didnot know her age orwhen she was born.Two other statementswere collected; none ofthese witnesses sawwhen the shootingoccurred. They heardthe explosion and wentto investigate.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSApplied for PostMortem Report.Response received fromconcerned officers andthe Initial Investigatorwho took the firearmsto the lab.Statement of the Personwho I. D. the body atthe Post Mortemrecorded.Incident Scene reportreceivedPost Mortem exam repreceivedThe initial Investigatorstatement received aswell as the concernedofficers
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS43 E.W. 18/1/12 Kingston 7. E.W. was fatallyshot on 18/1/12 atabout 5:20 pm byCons. F. and DSP M.when they went to hishome at 12 Park Lane,Red Hills. It is allegedthat while the officerswere conducting asearch inside the housethe deceased fired atthem from inside abathroom. The firewas returned and hewas shot. The policesaid that he was wantedon a double fatalshooting case in St.Andrew that occurredin December 2011 afirearm with the serial# erased was allegedlyrecoveredNo known eyewitnesswas identified.Station Diary entryobtained.Notices served on theconcerned officersAttend post mortemexamination. Statementwas recorded from theperson who identifiedthe body.Statement frompersonnel (other thatINDECOM ISE) whoprocessed scene andrelevant pictures;30/3/12 applied for Postmortem reportThe Legal Medical Unitwas checked on July 6,2012 however P/Mreport was still notreadyReceived Hand SwabCertificateFirearm Register entrynot obtained. Registercannot be located atC/Spring Police StationLetter sent toSuperintendent forassistant in obtainingentries.30-04-2012Investigator is toascertain if the weaponrecovered from thedeceased person wastaken to the forensiclab for examination.Establish if theINDECOM firearmspolicy wascountenanced.Post mortem report isto be obtained.Entry of FirearmsRegister is to beobtained.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSObtained Post MortemReport
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS44 N. M. 24/1/12 KingstonOn 24/1/12 N. M. wasfatally shot by Cons.K. T., 13128 Cons. D J,and Cpl. T. B. of theHunts bay PoliceStation on.The police claimedthat whilst on patrolalong Spanish TownRoad the deceased wasspotted standing at theintersection of SpanishTown road and KiddLane. On seeing theofficers he ran ontoKidd Lane, the officersgave chase and he ranbehind a buildingwhere he was shot afirearm with the Serial# erased was allegedlyrecovered.No known eyewitnesswas identified.Notice sent forStatements from policeofficers;Response received fromall the officersincluding the initialinvestigatorReceived Post MortemExamination ReportEffort made to obtainthe Firearm Entryregister on June 5 and 8and on July 2 failed asthe register wasreportedly locked in SgtG., officer who is ontraining until the middleof July 12.Statement of the personwho I/ D. the body atP/M30-04-2012Post mortem report tobe obtained.Investigator is to getcopies of the firearmregister.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS45 H.H. 3/2/2012 KingstonH. H. was fatally shoton 3/2/12 at about6:15a.m when a teamof police officers fromthe Denham TownPolice Station whenthey went in search ofhim at his house. Cpl.G. B. and Cpl. C. L.claimed that on theirapproach at theentrance to his househe opened fired atthem. The fire wasreturned and he wasshot. A .45 Pistol withthe serial # erased wasrecovered.However, his commonlaw wife who was withhim at the time statedthat she was in bedwith H. when she hearda commotion. She toldH. and he told her thatit was the police. Sheopened the door to herhouse on the commandof the police. Theyentered her house andOn the spot Section 21Notices were served onthe initial investigatorand the officersinvolved in the incident.Station Diary entryobtained.Attend post mortemexamination. Statementwas recorded from theperson who identifiedthe body30/3/12 applied for Postmortem reportInitial investigator’sstatement not obtainedhe said he left it withMr. O. W. and obtaineda statement. Could notrecall when.He promised to furnishanother statementApplied for and attendLegal Medical Unit forPost Mortem report notready30-04-2012Post Mortem report tobe received from LegalMedical Unit.Ballistic Reportoutstanding.Initial investigator’sstatement to beobtained.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSheld a kerchief over hernostrils; the scent fromit caused her to becomeunconscious. Whenshe regainedconsciousness a shortwhile after and askedfor H. the officers toldher that he was ok. Shewas escorted to theDenham Town PoliceStation where shesubsequently learntthat he was fatally shotby the police.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS46 R. H. 9/2/2012 Kingston R. H. who was wanted(member of the ClansMan Gang thatoperates in the SpanishTown area) was fatallyshot by a team ofofficers Sgt. K. W.,Det. Cons. L. W., Det.Cons. A. Denton, Det.Cpl. G. M., fromFlying Squad who hadgone in search of himat Benson Ave, CherryGardens, Kingston on9/2/12 at about4:30a.m.The officers claimedthat on their approachinto his living roomhouse the decedentfired at them and ranpast them with thefirearm in his hand. Hewas shot during theescape and jumpedthrough a window. Hefell on the ground triedto escape when he wasagain shot by theofficers who were onWitness statementobtainedStation Diary entryobtained.Notices served on theconcerned officersAttend post mortemexamination howeverwas not held as no onewas there to I. D. thebody.Located relative of thedeceased to I.D. body atpost mortemTo Attend post mortemexamination as soon asa new date is arranged.Obtained Station Diaryentry;Statement of the personwho identified the bodyobtained30/3/12 applied for Postmortem reportEffort made to obtainthe Firearm Entryregister on and July 2 &7 failed as the registerwas reportedly lockedin the DetectiveSuperintendent F.,
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSthe ground. A firearmwith the serial # erasedwas recovered.His common law wifewho was with him atthe time gave astatement that thepolice entered thehouse and shot him.He ran past she and thepolice and she is notaware of whattranspired after.She along with hermother was fatally shottwo days later at theirMarch Pen residenceby unknown gunmen.officeDet. Insp. M. and D/CplB., were spoken to.Attended Legal MedUnit and Obtained Postmortem reportNotices were againserved on the concernedofficers by Insp B., ofBSI.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS47 S. J. 4/4/2012 Kingston S. J. was fatally shotwhen he allegedlypulled a firearm fromhis waistband. Theofficer took evasiveaction and fired 4gunshots at the nowdeceased who was hit.He ran and the firearmwith Serial # erased fellfrom him and wasrecovered.On the spot Noticesserved on the concernedofficersDiary entry copiedFirearms were taken tothe lab by the initialinvestigator.Attended Post MortemexaminationThe response of theinitial investigatorobtainedObtained Concernedofficers’ statementsStatement from personidentifying the bodyobtainedAttended Legal MedUnit Post mortem reportnot ready.30-04-2012Concerned officers’statements are to betaken on the 01-05-2012.Post Mortem report tobe obtained.Statement from personidentifying the body ofthe deceased to beobtained.To obtain FirearmRegister entry.To ascertain ifINDECOM firearmspolicy was followed.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS48 F.E. 27/10/2010 Kingston F.E. was fatally shot on27/10/2010 at about12:15 a.m .alongNelson Road, Kingston13 by a team of policeofficers from the HuntsBay Police StationAccording to the police# 4590 Cpl W. M. and# 12819 Cons. F. R.,the deceased was seenwalking along the saidroad when he wasaccosted by the police.He attempted to pull agun from his trouserswaist. The policereacted and he wasfatally shot. He wassearched and a loadedBeretta pistol with theserial number erasedwas recovered.1. Diary Entry obtained2. Notices sent out fromMarch 24 20113.Wittness Statementreceived4.Notice reserved onInitial Investigator5.TSD Statementreceived6.Postmorten IDStatement collected1. Diary Entry obtained2. Notices sent outfrom March 24 20113.Wittness Statementreceived4.Notice reserved onInitial Investigator5.TSD Statementreceived6.Postmorten IDStatement collected
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS49 N.W. 29/6/11 StCatherineN. W. was fatally shotby the police in OldBraeton, Portmore onMay 21, 2011 at about4:50am1. Notices sent out toconcerned officers3. Copies of policestatements receivedfrom BSI File, DSP G.,of Old Harbourassisting with PoliceStatementsInvestigator to make anote of record keepingissues and forwardsame to Lt. Cl. D.,1.Awaiting response fromconcerned officers2.Satement from Person who IDbody at Postmortem50 S. B. 6/8/2011St.CatherineS. B. was fatally shotby the police onAugust 5, 2011 atabout 5pm at 31 St.John’s Road at healong with other menreportedly fired at thepolice.1.Witness statementrecorded2.diary entries copiedFirearm registeroutstanding1.Ballastic Certificate51 D. B. 22/12/11StCatherineD. B. was shot andkilled by police fromthe Linstead stationafter he allegedlypointed a gun at thepolice when he wasaccosted in the Cheesefield area for robberieshe and another manallegedly committed inLinstead1. Station Diary EntryCollected2. Notices served,statements received3. Post mortem Reportreceived4.Postmortem IDStatement collected5.Police Statementreceived1.Ballastic Certificate2.Statement from one of twoconcerned officers outstanding
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS52 S. L. 3/6/2011 KingstonFatal Shooting of S. L.of 57 Waltham ParkRoad by the police. OnFriday June 3, 2011 atabout 8.10 pm he wasfatally shot when ateam of police officerswho were on patrolaccosted him and 2other men along theWaltham Park road.The police alleged thatthe group of openedfire at the police. Thepolice returned the fireand the deceased washit. A .380 Pistol #236247 with Imagazine wasrecovered.Witness K. L.On Friday June 3 2011at about 8:00 pm hisuncle D., called him onhis cell phone to saythat he was buyingchicken for thedeceased. He then lefthis house to meet hisuncle at 75 WalthamPark Rd. on his arrival
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONShe saw his brother whois the deceased andanother person. Theywere aided with lightfrom a utility pole.Heavily tinted NissanWagon turned on thelane where they werestanding. He saw ablack gun pointing atthem from this vehicle,followed by 2 flashesof light from the saidgun then 2 explosions.All 4 of them who werestanding at the lane ranoff. He later learntthat S. was dead
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS53G. D. and H.D.4/6/2012G. D. and H. D. wereshot and Killed bypolice on June 4, 2012off the Peters RockMain Road inNorbrook St Andrew.The police reportedthat both men whowere travelling in amotorcycle disobeyed asignal by the police tostop at a Vehicle CheckPoint along the PetersRock Main road. Themen reportedly shot atthe police and thepolice returned firekilling them both.1. Station Diary Entrycollected.2.Notices were servedon the offers concerned3.Firearm and Ammoentries collected4.Wittness Statementcollected5.Postmortem reportapplication made1.Ballastic Certificate
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS54 R. H. 15/06/12 KingstonAllegations are that R.H. who was who was apassenger on a minibustravelling fromPortmore to DownTown Kingstonbrandished a firearmand attempted to rob amale passenger whoturned out to be aPolice Constable. Theconstable who was inpossession of hisservice pistol got into astruggle in which bothmen were shot. Theunidentified was killedand the SpecialConstable J. B. wasshot several times andadmitted in a seriouscondition at the KPH.A firearm wasreportedly recoveredfrom the deceased.1.Station diary entrycollected2.notice sent to OfficersStation3.Eye witnessesIdentified andarrangements made tocollect statements4.Medical certificateapplied for5.TSD report requested6.Postmortem reportrequested1.Ballastic Report outstanding2.Postmortem Reportoutstanding3.Statement from concernedofficer outstanding (Officerrecovering from injuries hereceived in incident)
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS55 K. W. andN.T13/10/12 St Andrew K. W. and N. T. wereshot and killed in analleged shoot out withthe police at Lane Passin the Golden Springarea on October 13,2012.1. Station Diary entrycollected2.firearm entry for oneof the concernedofficers collected3.Statements formconcerned officerscollected4.Forensic SceneReport collected5. Firearm RecoveryProcedure done6.Post MortemStatement collected56 E. A.C. 24/11/12 St Andrew E.A.C was shot andkilled by member of apolice party which wasconducting routinepatrol in the Red HillsRoad area onNovember 24, 2012.The police reportedthat C. held onto one ofthe police officers frombehind and placed agun to the officer’shead as he providedcover for othermembers of his team,1.Station Diary and allother police entriescollected2.Police StatementsCollected3.Post MortemStatement collected4.Postmortem Certapplied for5.Forensic SceneReport receivedProvisional FIR to bedone
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSas they attempted tosearch two men.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS57 F.B. 21/07/12 Kingston F. B. was shot andkilled by the police inwhat the police allegedto have been a shootoutwith the decedent. Theincident reportedlyoccurred after a motorcar in which thedeceased was travellingin was pursued by thepolice and the carcrashed into a utilitypole. The occupants ofthe car allegedly firedat the police and firewas returned killing B.A large quantity ofganja was found in thecar.1. Station Diary Entryand other police entriescollected2.Statements fromconcerned officers andInitial Investigatorcollected3.Post MortemCertificate received4.Forensic SceneReport received5. Statement frombrother of the deceasedcollected to confirmpossession of large sumof money being carriedby the deceased at thetime of his deathProspective witness isbeing sought as thereare allegations ofpossible corruptiveactivities by the policeinvolved in theincident.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS58 C.D. 18-Jul-11 KingstonThe police respondedto a report of robberyof a passenger bus.While acting on theinformation given theycame upon three menfitting the descriptionof the alleged robberschanging clothes at theentrance of theTorrington ParkHousing Scheme. Onseeing the police themen drew weapons andshot at the Police. ThePolice returned the fireand one man C. D. wasshot. He was taken tothe Kingston PublicHospital where he waspronounced dead. A.38 Colt PTFA revolverwas taken from him.Visited crime sceneDiary entry copiedDarling Street PoliceDiary entry copiedDenham Town PoliceStation Crime DiaryentryAttended Spanish TownHospital Morgue forPost Mortem. Spokewith R. D., (father) ofthe deceasedNotices to S/Cons D.L., S/Cons S. S., S/Cpl.R. M., Det. Sgt. F., Det.Cpl. C. W., and Cons.B., (Scenes of Crime) .Responses received.Notices to CIB, FLA,Forensics andPathologist delivered.Awaiting responsePME report receivedResponse from FLA,CIB and Forensic LabreceivedResponse received fromInitial Investigator andofficer who transportedexhibit.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS59 K.B. 18/11/11St.Catherine2. K. B. was fatallyshot on 18/11/11 by ateam of police officersfrom the Hunts BayPolice Station that wasbeing led by DSP H.along Olympic Way. Itis alleged that a groupof men were accostedby the police whichresulted in an ensuingshoot out the deceasedwas found sufferingfrom multiple gunshotwounds to his body a.380 pistol bearing S/ND80157U wasrecovered. The policeversion was notchallenged.R.B. sister of K. statesthat she was sittingunder a tree Williamsat White Wing ThreeMiles area with herbrother K. B. and hisgirlfriend C. when K.said that he was goingto get some water inthe house. She saw aWitness statementcollected from R. B.,Hunts Bay CIB Crimediary entries collectedIncident scene reportobtained from ISUNotice to Supt. L. H.,prepared and delivered.Response receivedNotice to concernofficer Constable M. B.,prepared and deliveredLetter prepared anddelivered to GFL, FLAand Pathologist Unit1.Collect statement ofC. W. who was alsopresent1a.Telephone theofficers involved andthe Initial Investigatorto submit statement;2.Follow firearmrecovery procedure bywriting to FLA, GFLand ACP E. P. i/c CIB3. Obtain Entries fromFirearm andAmmunition Registersfor all the officersinvolved4.Statement frompersons whotransmitted exhibitsfrom scene to Forensiclab; Follow chain ofcustody for recoveredfirearm and that ofpolice personnel5.Forensic (Hand-swab) Certificate forthe deceased and policeofficers on the scene;6.Ballistics Certificate7.Apply for postmortem report
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSgroup of police about30 running towardsher. She identified oneof the officers asBobby Red who said toher bitch get up nomeck no noise. Shedescribed B., Reds. Apolice woman whomshe described used agun to shoot K. in hisfoot. She was told togo outside the fenceand B., Reds wentinside after which sheheard severalexplosions.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS60 R. S. 16-Jun-12 KingstonThe police alleged thatthey responded to caseof robbery in theDowntown Kingstonarea. A man was scenebeing chased by agroup of people andclutching a handbag.The police intervenedat which time the manran into premises # 75Matthews Lane,Kingston where he wasobserved changing hisclothes. He wasaccosted by the policewhen he pointed afirearm in theirdirection. The policeopened fire and theman was hit. He wastaken to the KingstonPublic Hospital wherehe was pronounceddead. Firearmhomemade.Notice issued toconcern officerStation diary entriesobtainedPost Mortem Attendedand applied for
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS61 D.H. 4-Aug-12St.ThomasThe police alleged thatmembers of the MorantBay OST receivedinformation while onpatrol and proceeded topremises in the SummitDistrict of Morant Bay,St. Thomas. Onreaching the premises aman ran from the houseand was ordered to stopby the police. The manjumped a fence and thepolice gave chase.During the chase theman pulled a blackhandgun from his waistband and pointed it atthe police who orderedhim to drop his weaponwhile taking evasiveaction. The police firedin the man’s direction.The man receivedinjuries and was takento the PrincessMargaret Hospitalwhere he died whileundergoing treatment.A Glock pistol SN
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSBGM 655 loaded withseven (7) 9 mmcartridges wasrecovered from thedeceased. Nine (9) 9mm cartridges werealso found in his leftback pocket. He waslater identified as
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS62 D. B.September3,2012KingstonThe police alleged thata team comprisingpersonnel from theFlying Squad Unit, St.Catherine SouthDivision and the Delta4 Operations team,acting on informationwent to premises # 35East Avenue,Greenwich Avenue,Kingston 13, in searchof a man wanted forquestioning in relationto a triple homicide inthe St. Catherine SouthDivision.The team entered thepremises and into adwelling house andconfronted the accusedwho was armed with a.38 revolver. A shootout ensued duringwhich Constable D. T.c/o St. Catherine Southdischarged four roundsfrom his service pistol.The injured man wastaken to the KingstonPublic Hospital where
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONShe was pronounceddead.63 R. G. 23/06/2012 St.AndrewR. G. reports receivedfrom the police are thatfour (4) men went to ahouse at Temple HallDistrict and tied up androbbed the owner of alaptop, caps and othervaluables. The policewere called and duringan exchange of gunfire(one) man who waslater identified as thirtyyear old, R., was foundsuffering from gunshotwounds and laterpronounced dead at the1. Incident scene reportprepared and submitted2. Notices served onDet. Insp. C. M., C. M.,Special Cons. A. F.,Cpl. U. R., Special Cpl.H.M., Spl. Cpl. C. A.,and InvestigatingOfficer, Det. Sgt. G. R.,3. Recorded statementof witness R. B.,4. Made efforts tocontact virtualcomplainant who wasrobbed by to no avail.More efforts will be
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSKPH, one (1) man wasapprehended and two(2) escaped in nearbybushes. A.38 revolverwith (4) .38 rounds andtwo (2) spent shellswere recovered.Nineteen (19) 9mmspent casings, 1 bulletand 1 live .38 cartridgewere also recovered. Anumber of caps inaddition to two cellphones, lap tops andmoney were alsorecovered from thescenemade5. Visited Stony HillPolice Station andinterviewed L. C., whois in custody. Hehowever refused to givea statement reiteratinghis fear.6. CollectedAmmunition andFirearms Register forconcerned officers fromISCF St. CatherineNorth.7. Received firearmsinformation forInspector M.8. Attended Postmortem examination onJuly 5, 2012 andrecorded statementfrom mother, A. E.,who identified body.Five bullet entrancesand four exits. Cause ofdeath is shock andhemorrhage due tomultiple gunshotinjuries.9. Spoke with Det. Sgt.R., who informed that
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONShe had all thestatements from theconcerned and willsubmit same to us byMonday July 9, 2012.He will also give a copyof his file.10. Received copies ofall statements11. Requested a copy ofthe court file which wasreceived.Provisional FIR wasprepared and submitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS64 C. B. 4/11/2009St.CatherineC. B. and his twofriends were fatallyshot by the police afterthey departed theircommunity in GrantsPen where two menwere killed. The policeclaimed that they werekilled during ashootout. Twofirearms, a 9mm pistolserial # erased loadedwith 2 live rounds anda smith and Wesson9mm serial # erasedfitted with a magazineand 4 rounds wererecovered.No witness identified.Diary entry obtainedAllegation lettersdispatched.12/10/2011 Sec. 21Notices sent toconcerned officers.Visited Constant SpringPolice Station to copyFirearm Register. Thiswas locked in storeroom Inspector withkey was out.Sgt. P. of Scenes ofCrime said statementsand other documentswere submitted to BSIApplied to BSI for acopy fileBSI FILE OBTAINED19/10/11 D/Cpl K. B.,called to say that healready submitted astatement to BSI.The officer was advisedto submit a statementcertified by a J. P. toINDECOMThe Notices that wereserved on the officersindicate that theTo collect copy filefrom BSIAwaiting GFL reportsTo revisit ConstantSpring Police Station tocopy Firearm RegisterTo get statement ofperson who I. D.Bodies at post mortemServe Notice and writea letter to them re theNotice being disobeyed30-04-2012GFL report notreceived.Revisited ConstantSpring P/S, FirearmRegister not found.Reserve NoticeAwaiting response from theofficers.Awaiting Ballistic ReportAwait Post mortem report thatwas applied forAwaiting copy file from BSI
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSstatements be submittedon 19/10/2011.D/Cpl K. B. visitedINDECOM’s office toenquire if he shouldalso submit a newstatement toINDECOMnotwithstanding hesubmitted a statement toBSI.The Officer was toldthat he is required to doso.The officer stated thathe was not willing tosubmit two statementsin the same matter.To date this officeralong with the othersinvolved in the incidenthave not respondedThe Notices werereserved however mostof the officers havebeen transferred toother divisions and onehas since resigned.TSD report obtainedPost Mortem reportobtained
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSCopy Statements fromthe concerned officersobtained from BSI toinclude that of theInitial Investigator whotook the weapons to thelab.Statements of thepersons who I. D. thebodies at the PostMortem obtainedCannot obtain FirearmRecords Sent Notice toSSP i/c Constant springPolice Station.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS65 D S 18/01/12 Kingston Police receivedinformation aboutheavily armed men inthe Bedward Gardensarea of August Town.Upon the policeofficers approach of thedwelling they pulledfirearms and fired atthe police. The fire wasreturned and one manwas found sufferingfrom gunshot wounds.A Chrome .357magnum revolver withsix live rounds wasrecovered the deceasedbody. He waspronounced dead athospital. There are noeyewitnesses to theincident.1. Notices on concernedofficer, who are allfrom the Half Way Treepolice Station.2. Collected stationdiary entries andfirearm and ammunitionregister. 3.Received statementsfrom all concernedofficers in addition tothe initial investigator,as well as the officerswho issued firearms andammunition to theconcerned officers.4. Submitted letter toFLA, CIB, andGovernment ForensicLab in relation tofirearm recovery.5. Applied for PostMortem report.6. Received statementfrom sister who IDbody at Post Mortemand obtained report andCD from Incident Sceneexaminer.7. received statementfrom Officer who
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONStransported exhibit tothe Government Lab.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS66 D C 19/11/12 Kingston Police Officers gotinformation that armedmen were seen at acertain premise onWestport Avenue in theRiverton City area.Upon their approachthey saw four men atthe premises whopulled firearm and firedat the police, the policereturned fire. Three ofthe men ran and onewas found at the backof the buildingsuffering from gunshotwounds, he waspronounced dead athospital. A .45Tanfoglio semiautomatic pistol withthree live rounds wasrecovered from thescene. There are noeyewitnesses to theincident.1. On the spot Noticesserved on all concernedofficers.2. Diary entriesincluding firearm andammunition registerwere copied.3. Statements obtainedfrom all concernedofficers (three) aswell as the initial (Det.Corp. B.) investigator.4. Letters were sent toFLA, CIB, GovernmentForensic Lab.5. Application wasmade for Post Mortemexam.6. Recorded statementfrom daughter ofdeceased who ID hisbody at the PostMortem examination.7. Received statementfrom Officer whoissued firearms andammunition to theconcerned officers.7. Received statementfrom Corporal W. whotransmitted exhibit to
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSthe lab
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS67 T. R. and S. B. 1/18/2013 Kingston A team of officers ledby SP H. of the HuntsBay Police Station wereon operation in thePaye Landscommunity. Det. Sgt.W., Det. Sgt. H., of theArea 4 division, SpecialOperations Unit andCons. J., of the HuntsBay Police Station,Operational SupportTeam were going to 76Tanzania Path to checkthe premises whenthey saw a man at thegate. The man ran intothe said premise andthe officers pursuedhim. The man ran intothe house and theofficers followed himtowards the doorway.Another man who wasinside of the saidhouse, appeared at thesaid doorway andpointed a sub machinegun in the direction of1. The incident scenewas processed byINDECOM FE.2. All the concernedofficers wereinterviewed separately.3. The hands of theConcerned Officerswere swabbed by (TSD)personnel at 259Spanish Town Road,Kingston. 4. Therecovered firearmswere processed at theHunts Bay PoliceStation by INDECOMpersonnel.5. The recoveredfirearms and thefirearms that theconcerned officers hadin their possessionwere seized and taggedby the initialinvestigator to be takento the Forensic lab onFriday, January 18,2013.6. Section 21 Notices1. Hand-swab certificate2. Ballistics Certificate;
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSthe police. Two of theofficers fired in thedirection of the manand he fell. The manwho the police chasedfired in the direction ofthe police officers fromthe doorway and thesaid two officersreturned the gun fire.When the shootingceased the policeentered the house andrecovered a .380 pistolbearing serial #BL28139 with two liverounds and an Introtecsub-machine gun.Both injured men weretaken to the KingstonPublic Hospital wherethey were pronounceddead by the doctor onduty. The bodies weretransported to theTranquility FuneralHome.were served on theinitial investigator andall three concernedofficers at the TSDoffice. With responsedate set for Monday,January 21, 2013. 7.At the TranquilityFuneral home thebodies of the deceasedwere processed byINDECOM FE.8. The firearm andammunition records forthe concerned officerswere obtained at theHunts Bay PoliceStation. The issuingofficer gave astatement. 9.Diary entry copied10. No eye witness wasidentified.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS68 R. W. 12/25/2012 Kingston Det. Corp. M., reportedthat on December 25,2012 at about 5:00 ama joint police militaryoperation headed bySenior Supt. T. B., fromthe Denham Townpolice station were onan operation in theArnett Gardens area,when two of theofficers SpecialConstables A. D., andG. B., approached aone bedroom boardhouse, knocked on thedoor and shoutedpolice. The officersforced the door openand were greeted withgunfire. The gun firewas returned and thenow deceased was hitin the chest whilstsitting on a bed. Afirearm with the serialnumber erased wastaken from him. Thevictim was rushed to1. Concerned officerswere interviewed;2. At the Denham Townpolice station the handsof the ConcernedOfficers were swabbedby INDECOM FE andthe recovered firearmwas processed by (TSD)personnel. 3. Therecovered firearms andthose that theconcerned officers hadin their possessionwere tagged andpackaged by the initialinvestigator to be givento the store keeper forsafe custody and onDecember 27, 2012taken to the Forensiclab for ballistic testing.4. At the TranquilityFuneral home the bodyof the deceased wasidentified by hismother, A statementwas recorded from her,after which the body1. Hand-swab certificate2. Ballistics Certificate;
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSthe Kingston PublicHospital (KPH) wherehe was pronounceddead.was processed byINDECOM FE.5. Diary entry # 3copied from theDenham Town policestation Crime Diary.6. Firearm andammunition recordscopied.7. Two independenteye witnesses wereinterviewed and theirstatements recorded atthe INDECOM office.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS69 M. R. o/c C.M.5/2/2013 Kingston The Area 4 DeltaOperations 3 teamalong with officersfrom the DenhamTown Police Stationwere on IntelOperations when theyreceived informationat about 11:30 p.m.that some men whowere armed with gunswere seen in theNelson Street vicinity,to include the manwanted for the fatalshooting of a four (4)year old child, in theAllman Towncommunity about one(1) week earlier. Onthe arrival of theofficers on NelsonStreet, a group of menreportedly open fire atthe police. Two of thepolice officers SpecialConstables G. B. andM. B., engaged themen and returned the1. An appreciation ofthe scene was doneand observationsmade. 2.The scene wasprocessed jointly byINDECOM ForensicExaminer, alongsideConstable C. R. of theArea 4 Scenes of CrimeUnit. 3. Allthe officers on theoperation wereinterviewed; howeverthey all reported thatthey were traumatizedand would submit theirresponses in the formsof their statements.5. The concernedofficers were issuedwith Section 21 Noticesfor which they signedreceipt, with due datebeing Wednesday,February 6, 2013. 6.Both officers’ handswere swabbed by theFE who also processed1. Hand-swab certificate fordeceased and police officers;2. Ballistics Certificate;3. Statement from person whoidentify body of deceased atthe Post Mortem.4. Statements from concernedpolice officers;5. Statements from initialinvestigator to include chain ofcustody of weapons to lab; ByThursday, February 6, 20137. Statement from personnelwho processed scene andrelevant pictures;8. Statement from persons whotransmitted exhibits from sceneto Forensic lab;
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHACATEGORY B FATALITY INVESTIGATIONSfire. The men ran into ayard on Nelson Streetwhere a subsequentsearch revealed one ofthe men foundsuffering from whatappeared to begunshot wounds. One(1) .38 Taurus revolverSerial number1L244019 with sixspent shells wasallegedly recoveredfrom the scene.the weapon allegedlyrecovered on thescene.7. The police officersweapons were takensecured and tagged forballistic testing byDetective Corporal M.,8. Detective CorporalM. was then servednotice to submit hisstatement onWednesday February 6,2013 after the weaponswere transported tothe GovernmentForensic Lab. 9.Firearm andAmmunition registerswere copied.70 J. T. o/c D. 22/01/2013 Kingston
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  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSNo.Complainant/Complainant obovictimIncidentLocationof IncidentAllegationsDateInvestigationCommencedAction Taken Reason for IncompletionInternal External1 S.J.E.ShootingInjurySt. ThomasS.J.E. reported that hewas shot twice in thelower left side and topleft shoulder during analtercation with apolice officer (Det.Sgnt. C. D.) from theYallahs Police Station.He was charged withthe offences of 1)Malicious Destructionof Property 2)Unlawful Woundingand 3) AttemptedLarceny and shouldappear in the St.Thomas R.M. court onthe 18th of January.Court Date postponeduntil March 23, 2012.O1.11.201109.11.20111. Witness (complainant)statement collected2. Station Diary entrycollected3. Interim Report prepared4. Notice prepared anddelivered at the station forDetective Sergeant C. D., ofthe Yallahs Police Station5. Received statement fromDet. Sgt. C. D.6. Prepared notice for Cons.D. C. at the Morant BayPolice Station who is torespond by the 15th ofDecember 20117. Re-submitted notice forCons. C. on February 5, 2012and received same on March5, 2012Mr. E. indicated that he doesnot have any witnessesMatter is in court.Complainant indicated thatthe officer actually wanted tomurder him but crowd startedAwaiting medicalreport and responsefrom Cons. C. whopromised to havesame ready byWednesdayFebruary 29, 2012after Investigatorspoke with InspectorW.Awaiting BallisticsReport
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONScoming8. Obtained medicalcertificate9. Obtained a copy ofstatement as well as CD fromthe scenes of crime personnelfrom the Morant Bay PoliceStation8. Obtained response fromInitial Investigator, C. J.9. Obtained copies of courtdocuments10. Applied for ballisticscertificate2 F. P. Assault PortlandF. P. (a minor), studentof Titchfiled Highalleges that while shewas resisting arrest byCons. B. R., she wasdraped and boxed inher face causingswelling and bruises.She was broughtbefore the court forresisting arrest,assaulting police anddisorderly conduct.On her last courtappearance on January9, 2012, there was a nocase submission inrelating to the offenceof Assaulting Police.Other matters16.06.201104.07.20111. Statement of F.P. recorded2. Station Diary entry fromPort Antonio Police Stationwas copied3. Medical Certificatereceived3 4 Notice prepared anddelivered at the Port AntonioPolice Station on the 18th ofAugust 201145. Another Notice wasprepared for Officer R., anddelivered to the Station onthe 18th of October 2011.1. Exhibits (photographs ofthe bruises and swellings)2. Received statement fromOfficer R. on November 28,FIR wasprepared andsubmitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSpostponed until March19, 2012. Matters areset for sentencing20113. Received School reportfrom Titchfield High Schooldetailing complainant‟sconduct plus academicperformance4. Received copies of courtdocuments.5. There are no witnessstatementsFIR was prepared andsubmitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS3 O. W. Assault KingstonComplainant, O. W.informed that he was avendor who sells inthe Half-Way-TreePark. On the 23rd ofAugust atapproximately 1:00p.m., he was in thePark when he wasaccosted byMetropolitan policewho assaulted himcausing pain bruisesand swelling. He wascharged for Possessionof Ganja and lockedup for three (3) days25.08.201129.08.20111. Complainant, O.W.Statement collected2. Medical Certificate fromthe Kingston Public Hospitalwas requested3. Station Diary entry fromthe Half-Way-Tree PoliceStation was copied butofficers involved names werenot listed4. Received medicalcertificate on December 8,2011Medical certificate provedthat complainant was beatenup. Matter is in court5. Collected diary entry fromthe Half-Way Tree Lock-Up6. Noticed Officers SpecialC. T. G. from Kingston andSt. Andrew Corporation onFebruary 20, 2012 andreceived responses onFebruary 29, 20127. Noticed Officers D. E.J.Fl., P. M., E.G., A. B.8. Received response fromOfficers G. D.E., J. F.., andP. M. E. G., A. B. on March20, 20129. Collected station diaryentry from Darling StreetPolice Station on May 28,2012
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSFIR IS BEING PREPARED
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS4 V. M. AssaultSt.CatherineThe complainant, V.M. reported that shewas hit with a gun bya police officer fromthe Old HarbourPolice Station whileshe was watching himbeat her son. She doesnot know the officersname. She receivedbruises to herforehead.12.12.201130.12.20111. Complainant statementtaken2. Witness, D. T., statementcollected3. Incident Scene report fromK.G., collected4. Medical Certificatecollected from Spanish TownHospital on February 2, 2012which indicates that Ms. M.,received a 7-8 cmmlaceration to her face and atthe hairline5. Notices were prepared forCpl. W., Cons. L. S., andCons. R. P., from the OldHarbour Police Station anddelivered on February 17,20126. Diary entry copied onFebruary 17, 2012. Previousvisit made on January 10,2012, the Diary could not belocated.7. Witness Statementcollected from T. M.,neighbor of complainant, V.M., on February 17, 20128. ID Parade applicationcompleted and delivered atthe Old Harbour PoliceStation on 06.03.20129. Recorded WitnessStatement of D. B., on MarchAwaiting responsefrom ConcernedOfficers, S., W.,
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS22, 201210. Prepared another set ofID Parade application formswhich were routed throughthe Commissioner‟s office onJune 29, 2012.11. Spoke with DSP G., whopromised to have statementsready by the 9th of July2012.12. Received statements forall concerned officers13. Spoke with DSP G., whoinformed that the ID formswere served on the concernedofficers and the returns willbe submitted by Monday,October 1, 20125 S. T.Assault O.B.HarmKingstonS. T. reported thatwhile visiting theTrench Town PoliceStation she was beatenwith a baton by PoliceOfficers and receivedbruises and swelling.She was charged bythe Officers for 1)Assault O.B. Harm 2)Unlawful Wounding3) Disorderly conduct4) Resisting ArrestMatters postponed10.11.201121.11.20111. Witness statementcollected2. Obtained copies ofmedical certificate3. Photograph showingbruises4. Notices to officers, Cons.C and Cpl. L. G. and Cons.W. from the Trench TownPolice Station prepared andsubmitted on November 24,20115. Received response fromCons. C. on December 23,Awaitingadditionalwitnessstatementswhich shouldbe recorded onJuly 12, 2012Nov 5, 2012:Additionalwitness wasnot brought in.Awaiting copy ofcourt documents
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSuntil March 14, 2012then August 13, 20122011 and Officer G. onFebruary 03, 2012. A letterwas received stating thatCons. G.s went on vacationleave overseas for the period27th of January 2012 to June7, 20126. Recorded witnessstatement of S. B. onFebruary 10, 20127. Requested copies of courtdocuments8. Recorded Statement of H.S., witness on March 8, 20129. Sent Notice to Cons.Wright on March 10, 2012.10. Received statement fromCons. W. on April 23, 2012after making contact withSuperintendent B. who is incharge of the Division.11. Contacted Half-Way-Tree Court re courtdocuments on five (5)separate occasions but hasstill not received sameNov 5, 2012: FIR is beingprepared.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS6 A. D. Assault KingstonComplainant, A. D.,an inmate at the TowerStreet AdultCorrectionalInstitution reportedthat he was hit on theleft side of his facewith a baton by aCorrectional Officer(G.L.). He wasunconscious and spentthree (3) days at theKingston PublicHospital05.01.201209.01.20121. Visited TSACC andrecorded statement ofcomplainant2. Collected witnessstatements from Inmates, A.R., D. B., and M. B.,3. Prepared and deliverednotice for C.O. G. L. andreceived statement onFebruary 15, 20124. Received response from.C.O. G., L. but does not havedeclaration and certificate5. Requested medical reportfrom KPH on January 27,20126. Collected entry from themedical Journal at the TowerStreet Adult CorrectionalCentre7. Received medicalcertificate on June 10, 2012which states mild head injuryinflicted by a baton but is notlikely to be permanent.8. Contacted Miss R. at DCSon several occasions to getthe correct Statements but todate proved futile. Nov 5,2012: Statements receivedand FIR is being prepared.Awaiting statementswith Declaration
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS7S. B.and D.E.Assault,AbductionKingstonComplainants, S. B.and D. E. reported thatthey were abducted bypolice officers fromMobile Reserve onSaturday, February 11,2012 and transportedto Waterhouse GullyBank where they werebeaten by extendedbatons and were put tokneel down withhandcuffs on.Mr. E. was charged onFebruary 8, 2012 forAssaulting Police andwent to Half-Way-Tree Court onFebruary 23, 2012where the matter waspostponed to March23, 2012.1. Collected statements fromcomplainants, S.B., and D.E.,2. Collected witnessstatements from B. M., and J.S., M.B.3. Received medical reports4. Received pictures showingbruises5. Collected Diary entry fromHalf Way Tree Court6. Copied entry fromMovement diary at OPSRoom at Mobile Reserve7. Prepared notices forOfficers Sgt. M. G., Cons. J.G., Cpl. C. R., Cpl. B. P.,Cons. E. O., Cons. J. G.,Cons. B. M., Cons. D. G.,W/Cons. A. B., and S/Cons.O. E., and delivered at theMobile Reserve Station8. Requested CCTV imagesfor that day from Ministry ofTransport and Works.Responses are that thecameras in that area were notin working condition9. Received Statements fromall concerned officers10. Obtained reports fromForensic Examiner, P. A.,11. Requested courtdocuments and received same
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSon May 20, 201212. Re-Noticed Cons. O. W.,from Half-Way Tree Court toprovide his statement inrelation to his investigationinto the court matter ofassault13. Received statement fromCons. O. W.,DOC Review29-02-201214. Insp. B. of MobileReserve to submit responses1st March 201215. FIR is being prepared
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS8 R. C.Assault,UnlawfulArrestKingstonR. C. reported that hewas walking on hisavenue on the 8th ofMarch 2012 atapproximately 7:00p.m., when he sawpolice officerssearching some men,he stood there lookingand was told by one ofthe officers to moveand he complied. Theofficer grabbed untomy shirt and told himto enter the policevehicle and I enquiredwhy. He then used abaton to hit himseveral times on hisright shoulder, hisback and ribcage thenhandcuffed him.Mr. C. was taken tothe Constant SpringPolice Station andcharged with theoffences of 1)Resisting Arrest and 2)Failure to move. Hewent to court onMarch 23, 2012.Matter was postponedto July 25, 2012 as the1. Collected witnessstatements from S. P.,2. Recorded Station Diaryand Prisoner Charge andProperty entries3. Received medicalcertificate from Dr. F.4. Prepared and deliverednotices for Cpl. B., and Cons.P. L.W., from MobileReserve5. Received responses fromthe concerned officers onFriday, April 13, 20126. Received Report and CDfrom Forensic SceneExaminer, P. A.,7. Obtained a copy of courtfile from Half Way TreeCourt.FIR is being prepared. Nov 5,2012: FIR prepared.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONScomplainant wasinvolved in a motorvehicle accident andhe is nowincapacitated.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS9R.H.oboN.H.Assault KingstonAssault R. H. oboN.H. reported that onWednesday, April 4,2012 at approximately5:30 p.m., her thirteenyear old nephew wasassaulted by policeofficers from theDuhaney Park PoliceStation when he wasbrought there onsuspicion of larcenybut was releasedwithout being charged.He was alsoquestioned without arelative being present.11.04.201212.04.20121. Complainant statementcollected2. Medical certificateobtained3. Station Diary entry copiedas well as Juvenile CautionRegister4. Notices prepared anddelivered to Officers, Cons.M. H., Inspector F. andW/Cons. P. C.5. Obtained responses fromOfficers6. Recorded statement fromwitness, father of N.7. Requested school reportfrom Pembroke Hall HighSchool.8. School Report received on4.7.2012 which states that hisbehavior was wayward at theschool and he was involvedin the theft of the items onthe day of the incident.FIR was prepared andsubmitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS10 S.G.Assault andUnlawfulArrestKingstonThe complainant, S.G. alleged that he wasassaulted and beatenby a policeman andfalsely arrested for 1)assaulting police and2) resisting arrestSept. 29, 2011-October 6, 20111. Contacted complainant2. Medical Certificate on file3. Prepared Notice to Officerfrom Duhaney Park PoliceStation4. Trial date for complainant– November 16th5. Mr. G. went to court andwas found guilty and paid afine of $2,000.006. Complainant subsequentlywithdrew the matter.Withdrawal form signedFIR Completed andsubmittedFIR is beingprepared11 S. K.Assault/Arson/MaliciousDestructionof PropertySt.CatherineThe complainant, S.K. alleges that she waskicked and boxed bypolice officers while atthe Funeral Service atDovecot MemorialGardens of her sonwho was killed bypolice officers. Shealso reported that herhouse was burnt to theground by said policeofficers. She furtheralleged that herdaughter C.G.(attached) was alsoassaulted while at thesame funeral service.16.06.201104.07.20111. Witness statements of C.G., & R. S, recorded.Statement for S. K.,2. Medical Certificatereceived3. Station diary entriescollected from Spanish TownPolice Station4. Entries from the StationDiary of the Central VillagePolice Station recorded andSpanish Town Police Station5. Prisoners‟ Charge andProperty entryrecorded/copied from CentralVillage Police Station6. CD documenting house onfire1. 1. FIR isbeing prepared
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSK. and her daughter,C. were charged forthe offences ofResisting Arrest,Assaulting Police,&Disorderly ConductThey have been tocourt and pleaded notguilty and as such thematters are set for trialfor November 18,20117. Letter from the firedepartment on file8. Notices for Sgt. S. M.,Cons. O.D., Cpl. F. R., Cons.W. R., and Supt. V. H., wereprepared and delivered to theSpanish Town Police Station9. Responses received fromCons. D., Cpl. R. and Cons.R. and Sgt. M.,10. Supt. H., responded onthe 18th of November 201111. Fire report received onDecember 5, 2011 – cause offire unknown12. FIR will b e preparedafter court matter is completeDOC Review 01-03-201213. Sole eye witness to firerefused to give a statement toINDECOM.14. Case against K. G., andS. still before the court forhearing on March 16, 2012FIR is being prepared.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS12 C.G. AssaultSt.CatherineC. G. alleges that shewas assaulted bypolice officers thentaken to CentralVillage Police Station16.06.201104.07.20111.. Station diary entriescollected13 R. S. Threat St.CatherineR. S. alleges thatpolice officers havethreatened to kill himon more than oneoccasion16.06.201104.07.2011There is no record in theSpanish Town Station Diary.FIR is being prepared.Follow S. K.procedure.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS14 R.P. ShootingInjurySt.CatherineR.P. reported that hewas shot and injuredby a police officerwhile walking alongthe Greendale mainroad in Spanish Town.Reports from thepolice Cons. K. W.from the Flying SquadDivision.26.12.201109.01.20121. Witness Statementcollected2. Diary entries fromSpanish Town collected3. Received report as well asCD from INDECOM‟s ChiefIncident Scene Examiner,Mr. C.,4. Prepared notice forconcerned officer, S/Cons. K.W., from the Spanish TownPolice Station5. Recorded Firearms &register from the FlyingSquad Division and receivedstatement from Det. Sgt. T.,who issued the Firearms andAmmunition to the Officer6. Received medical reportfrom the Spanish TownHospital on April 10, 2012DOC Review 01-03-20127. Response obtained fromCons. K. W., from the FlyingSquad.8. Matter was transferredfrom Spanish Town Court tothe Supreme (Gun Court)9. Visited Gun Court andrequested copy of court file28.05. 2012 and receivedsame.10. Court matter postponedfrom June 19, then June 26,Firearms &ammunitionregister to bechecked andcopied
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS2012 to July 9, 201211. Received statement fromSp. Cons. A. from ISCF whotransported R. to the Hospital12. Re-noticed InvestigatingOfficers Det. Sgt. M. andDet. Cpl. O. C., who shouldsubmit statements re chain ofcustody. These should bereceived by Friday, July 6,2012. Cons. B. was noticedto submit statement regardinghis initial investigation in tothe matterNov 5, 2012: receivedstatement from Cons. B. andSgt. F. B., is the investigatingofficer and F., transmitted thegun to the lab. Hand swabcert received.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS15 M.D. ShootingInjuryKingston M. D. was shot andinjured by Cpl. D. H.,who is a licensefirearm holder andwho is attached to theMounted TroopPolice. Reports arethat M.D. and hisaccomplice was tryingto rob Cpl. H., whowas off duty at thetime of the incidentand was walking homedressed in plainclothes and with ablackberry cellularphone in his righthand. The incidenttook place in thecommunity ofVineyard Town inproximity of Cpl H.,home. It was alsoreported that they hada gun as well as aknife. No gun wasrecovered as it isalleged that the otherman escaped with it.01.02.201202.02.2012Requested medical certificatefrom KPH2. Obtained statement fromConcerned Officer, H.,3.Received statement fromInvestigating officer fromElleston Road, Cons. B.,4.Collected Diary entry fromVineyard Town PoliceStation5.Received Report fromChief, Forensic SceneExaminer, H. C.,6.Contacted Attorney, C.W.,but he refused to divulge anyinformation about client toassist the process.7. Contacted InitialInvestigator on three (3)different occasions to get thecourt date for complainant aswell as contact informationfor client but each time Cons.B., promised to return callbut to date no positiveresponse from him.8. Visited the Gun Court andreceived a copy of M., filefrom Ms. S., CourtAdministrator. After dialingthe telephone number,mentioned on the file, personwho answered said that theydo not know anyone by that1. To locatecomplain.to collectstatementAwaiting medicalreport from KPH
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSname. Visited the addressthat Gun court said he shouldreside on three (3) occasionsas well as barber shop for hisfather, got no positivefeedback, left messages butgot no response10.Applied for BallisticsCertificate11. Obtained response fromFirearms Licensing Authority11. Obtained medicalcertificate from KPH on May10, 2012.12. Contacted Investigator toget copy of statements forwitnesses as they instructed.Left message on histelephone13. Contacted Gun Court andwas told that M.s, matter waspostponed to the 26th of July2012.Nov 5, 2012: on July 26,2012 visited Gun Court andrecorded statement ofcomplainant.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS16 P.W. Assault Kingston P. W., an inmate at theHorizon RemandCentre through hismother, Ms. J.B.reported that sometimein November 2011, hewas punched three (3)times in his stomachby a CorrectionalOfficer but he does notknow his name but isable to identify him ifseen again.05.12.201127.01.2012Statement collected fromcomplainantChecks were made in theMedical journal at theHorizon Remand Centre andthere is no indication that hehad visited the Centre duringthat period or even after.DOC Review 01-03-2012Checks made at HorizonRemand Centre revealed thatthere is no CorrectionalOfficer employed there bythe name of “Puss Eye”.Complainant is unable toverify date or monthprecisely for investigator tohave a reasonable field ofCorrectional Officers fromwhich an IdentificationParade could be organizedFIR was prepared andsubmitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS17 D. W. DetentionandHarassmentSt.CatherineThe Complainant, D.W. of Spanish Town,St. Catherine hasalleged that onNovember 10, 2010 hewas on route to YoungStreet in SpanishTown to collect moneyfrom a friend topurchase sawdust. Hewas stopped by policeofficers who accusedhim of going on arobbery. Theysubsequently lockedhim up for two weekswithout any chargesbeing laid against him.Complainant isconcerned that he didnot receive treatmentfor his HIV medicalcondition while inlock-upMay 05, 2011May 17, 20111. Witness Statement of F. J.collected2. Notice was served onCons. P. W., of ConstantSpring Police on the 5th ofAugust 20113. Received response fromConcerned Officer, Cons. P.W., onFIR is being prepared.DOC Review 01-03-20124. No entry in Prisoner inCustody Book or StationDiary indicating that he wasplaced in custody.Medical certificateis still outstandingafter severalattempts made toobtain same. Nov 5,2012: Awaitingresponse from Det.Sgt. H.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS18 Mr. K.M.Threat,Assault,UndulyLongDetentionSt. Thomas Mr. K . . . M. reportedthat March 23, 2012,he was beaten up bypolice officers fromMorant Bay PoliceStation while incustody and accusedof stealing goats. Hiscellular phone‟sbattery was replacedas it was taken fromhim by the samepolice officers and hismotor car was burntwhile parked at thepolice station.Additionally, he saidthat officer D. M., hadthreatened him.Matter is in court fordate April 18, 2012where Mr. M., wascharged for two (2)counts of praediallarceny and receivingstolen property.Matter postponed toOctober 22, 201223.03.201210.04.20121. Witness Statementcollected2. Diary entries collected3. Prisoner in Custody book& Prisoner‟s charge andproperty book and remandcentre books copied4. Prepared notices forconcerned officers as well asInspector O. from the MorantBay Police Station5. Spoken with K. M. andrequested medical certificate.He informed that he visitedthe doctor and was told thatthere were no bruises on hisbody hence he could not get acertificate.6. Received statements fromInspector O., Cons. D. M.,Cons. D. B.,7. Awaiting statements fromCons. S. Smith (InvestigatingOfficer). Had to send noticesto Cons. K. Ennis, Cons. J.Blunt, Cpl. W. S; Cons. N. H,Cons. M. J as their nameswere mentioned in thestatement of Cons. D. B8. Received copy of court filefor complainant on Friday,June 29, 20129. Nov 5, 2012: Obtainstatements from Cons. J. B1 Awaiting responsefrom officers2Awaiting medicalcertificate
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSand, Cons. N. H, Cons. M. J.Cpl. W. S has resigned fromthe JCF (letter d/d ...receivedand is on file).FIR is being prepared.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS19 Mr. D.F.Threat Kingston Mr. D. F. has allegedthat on an occasionwhen he reported tothe Hunts Bay PoliceStation as a conditionof his bail; he wasaccosted by AssistantSupt. K. who took himto Senior Supt. D.H.,who threatened to killhim.07.06.201115.06.20111. Witness statement fromA.M. W., collected1. Statement from D. F.,taken2. Notice sent to SSP H. andK.3. Another statement from D.F., collected as he is allegingthat another officer whosename he does not know isalso harassing him when hevisits the Police Station toreport.4. FIR to be Completed asMr. F., was killed byunknown assailants onNovember 23, 20115. Awaiting copy of Post-Mortem Report for Mr.Fowler to complete FIR.6. Obtained copy of postmortem report on May 10,20127. FIR was prepared andsubmitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS20 F.-A.B.ConductUnbecomingKingston The complainant, F.-A. B. alleges that shewas attacked by one S.C., and officer #11935was present and didnothing.14.09.200916.06.20111. Notice was sent andresponse received from Cpl.T. and Cons. I. R., of theMotorized Patrol Unit.2. Complainant later visitedand signed withdrawal from3. FIR was prepared & filesubmitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS21 G. H. Threat,assault atcommon lawKingston G.H. the complainantalleged that he was ata dance when apoliceman draped himby the waist pointedhis gun at his stomachand later told him “micould a shoot yuh, andwrite a statement seh ashoot out.18.08.201125.08.2011Witness Statement fromN.B., complainant‟s babymother collected2. Obtained correct name,rank and station of policeofficer3) Notice to Cpl. G. M., wasprepared and delivered to theFlying Squad Division onFriday, September 16, 20114) Investigator is not sure ifnotice got to the officer as noreturns were received. As aresult another set wasprepared but Investigator haddifficulty delivering same toSSP C. “B” F., and hence itwas prepared for ACP J.T. atCIB to be delivered to therespective officer at FlyingSquadFIR is being preparedDOC Review 01-03-2012Thumb Drive withinformation stolen. FIR beingredrafted.Nov 5, 2012: FIR is beingredrafted for the concernedofficer to be prosecuted.Awaiting responsefrom Officer M.,after a second set ofnotice was deliveredto respond by July 6,2012
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS22 A. D. Threat St.CatherineA. D. OBO C. D.reported that a policeofficer known to himas “C” whom he laterlearnt was Inspector J.S., said that he wasgoing to kill his son,C. and bury him in oneweek‟s time and hewas to buy Cedarboard to bury himSept. 05, 2011Sept. 13, 20111. Obtained correct name,rank and station of officer(Det. Sgnt. L. S., who is fromthe Spanish Town CIB office2. Prepared notice to Det.Sgnt. L. S., on the 15th andwhich was delivered onSeptember 21, 20113. Had discussions with Mr.D. and he was advised to takein his witnesses as early aspossible4. Mr. D., has withdrawn thematter and hence withdrawalform was signed.5. Complainant‟s son, C. D.,died on January 6, 20126. FIR completed and filesubmitted on February 20,2012
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS23 T.B. Assault atCommon-LawPortland T. B., complainantalleges that apoliceman from theMill Bank PoliceStation threatened tokill him by stating“bwoy a going shootyuh, and if yuh moveyuh dead.NB Police acting onwarrant of arrestvisited his premisesseveral times(admitted bycomplainant) over athree-month perioduntil day of incident.Sept. 12, 2011Sept. 14, 20111. Obtained correct, name,station and rank of officer,Cpl. H. C. of the Mill BankPolice Station2. There are no witnesses3. Notice of Cpl. C. wasprepared and delivered to thePort Antonio Police Stationon September 27, 20114. Received response fromCpl. H. P. and witness, DCV. M. on the 18th of October20115. FIR was completed butthumb drive with informationwas stolen in late December6. FIR was completed
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS24 Mr.A.J.,Seizure ofCarDocuments/HarassmentSt. Thomas Mr. A. J., complainantalleged that his cardocuments wereseized by policeofficers without reasonand has not beenreturned to him. Theofficers are fromMorant Bay andYallahs PoliceStations and they arewell known to him. Hewas also charged for1) DisobeyingConstables Command2) Abusive Language3) No PPV License 4)Operating withoutRoad License.Matters were set forDecember 5, 2011 andthen to March 26,2012 and again toAugust 15, 2012August 29,2011October 6, 2011Contacted complainant,obtained rank station ofofficers concerned2. Prepared notices forofficers, Cpl. S. and Mc. andCons. M., and delivered sameto the Morant Bay PoliceStation on November 11,20113. Witness statement from G.H., collected4. Copied entry from trafficbook at MorantBay Police Station5. Received statement fromCpl. Mc., on January 5, 20126. Received Statement fromCpl. S., on January 19, 20127. Obtained statement fromCons. M.On March 2, 2012.8. Applied for copy of courtdocumentsAwaiting court results butFIR is being prepared . Nov5, 2012: FIR was prepared.court documents andresults
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS25 M. M. Threat,UnbecomingconductSt.CatherineThe complainant, M.M. alleged that onSeptember 15, 2011,police officers visitedhis house and one said,mek wi lik him. Thiscaused him to becomefearful16 Sept. 2011October 6, 2011Complainant Statement wascollectedContacted complainant whoindicated that he iswithdrawing matter.Withdrawal form was signedon January 25, 2012FIR was prepared andsubmitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS26 W. G. Assault/ThreatSt. Mary After being stopped bypolice officers, thecomplainant, W. G.reported that OfficerW. threatened him bypulling his gun fromhis holster. He alsodraped him.Officer W. chargedcomplainant for 1)Assaulting police 2)no road license, 3) noinsurance, 4) seat beltand 5) additionalpassengers5. Complainant wentto court and the matterwas postponed toMarch 8, 2012Went again andpostponed to the 12thof July 201221.10.201103.11.20111. Complainants statementwas taken2. Notice was prepared anddelivered to Sp. Cons. W. atthe Port Maria Police Station3. Diary entries from PortMaria and Oracabessa PoliceStations copied4. Medical report received5. Received response fromSpecial Cons. W., on January28, 20126. Requested a copy of courtfile from Port Maria Court‟soffice received same on July3, 2012.Awaiting result of courtmatterFIR is being prepared. Nov5, 2012: FIR was prepared.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS27 K. S. Assault St.CatherineThe complainant, K.S.alleged that he waspunched and beaten bypolice personnel onApril 12, 2011 whenthey entered hispremises. He was alsolocked up and placedin custody for three (3)days and falselyaccused. He is beforethe Spanish TownR.M. Court forResisting Arrest,Assaulting Police,Retailing Spiritwithout a License andthe court date is set forAugust 2, 2011May 5, 2011May 17, 20111. Collected MedicalCertificate and placed on file2. Received names, rank andstation for all concernedofficers3. Station Diary and CellDiary entries from theSpanish Town Police Stationwere copied4. Sent Notices to theconcerned police officers andconfirmation received on the1st September 20115. Call made to the concernedofficers who promised tohave same by the 7th ofOctober 20116. K. has withdrawn thematter against the concernedofficers. Withdrawal formhas been signed andFIR was completed andsubmitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS28 K. B. Threat Kingston The complainant, K.B. is alleging thatsometime in April2010 at approximately7:00 a.m. she was athome in bed with her 7month old baby aswell as her 11 year oldfemale cousin whenpolice officers D. H.,kicked down her gate,entered her yard. Shefurther alleged that theofficers asked her forher baby father whowas not there at thetime. They thenverbally abused hercalled her names suchas mongrel.June 25, 2010June 3, 20111. Notices were preparedand delivered toSuperintendent D.H., who todate has not responded.2. A recommendation wasmade for the matter to bereferred to the InspectorateBranch.6 FIR was prepared and filesubmitted on August 20,2011SSP Hewitt responded laterand hence FIR prepared andsubmittedDOC Review 01-03-2012Thumb Drive withinformation stolen. FIR to becompleted. Nov 5, 2012: FIRCompleted.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS29 R.W. Threat Kingston Complainant R. W.reported that eversince the death of hisfather allegedly by therespondent, D.H., onJune 29, 2009, therespondent has beenthreatening to kill him.The last occasion wason Saturday, January9, 2010 when he gavea man a messagestating that anytime heholds him(complainant), he isgoing to kill him.13.01.201002.06.20111. Notices were served onSSP D. H., who has failed torespond2. Recommendation wasmade for the file to be sent toInspectorate Branch3. FIRS were prepared & filesubmitted4. SSP D. H., responded laterand FIR was prepared and re-submitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS30 J. P. ConductUnbecomingOldHarbour/St.CatherineJ. P., complainantalleges that on June 7,2011 at approximately3:45 p.m., she was athome when the policeofficers (Det. SergeantF.) visited herpremises with twocivilians andcommenced searchingher home without asearch warrant. Theycollected two picturesof her son and anoverhaul jacket. Ms.P. is concerned thather home wassearched by the twocivilians.16.06.201117.06.20111. Full name of PoliceOfficer was ascertained2. Notice was prepared3. Witness statement fromS.Mc., collected4. Station Diary entry fromthe May Pen police Stationwas copied5. Notice was servedOn concerned officer6. Called SeniorSuperintendent H., and amessage was left for him toremind Officer to prepareresponse7. Another Notice wasprepared for Sgt. F., onOctober 8, 2011 anddelivered at the May PenPolice Station8. Received response fromOfficer F.,FIR was prepared.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS31 N. H. Assault,DetentionTheftSt.CatherineN. H. alleged that hewas harassed,assaulted and his homesearched by policeofficers. He was alsodetained at the SpanishTown Police Lock-Up.Upon his return home,he discovered that hisgold chin was missing.The value beingUS$700.0030.04.201006.06.2011Another Notice was deliveredto DSP. E.,On August 3, 2011 and heresponded on August 8,FIR was prepared butcomplainant indicated onSeptember 15, 2011 that hewants to withdraw the matter.Therefore, this additionalinformation was included inthe FIR which was submitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS32 Mr. B.W.AssaultSt.CatherineMr. B. W., 60 yearsold reported thatduring a memorialservice on the 28th ofAugust, 2011 beingheld for his son, R.W., who was fatallyshot by police officerson the 23rd of August2010, he was at hisgate when policeofficers visited andrequested him to turndown the musicsystem which he didbut some return a fewminutes later andinsisted that they turnoff same. After statingthat "whenever JLP ina power", the policehave excessive power,he was then assaultedby one of the officers.He was charged forDisorderly Conductand is to appear in theSpanish Town Courton the 14th ofSeptember 2011.On the 8th ofFebruary, 2012 Mr.W., said he was triedand found guilty of30.08.201109.09.20111. Virtual complainant wascontacted on Monday, 12thSeptember 2011 and hevisited the office as agreed onThursday, September 15,2011. He indicated that hepleaded not guilty toDisorderly Conduct in theSpanish Town R.M. on the14th and his court matterpostponed to November 18,20112. Witness Statement fromhis son, K.W., collected3. Summons are on file4. Station Diary entrycollected5. Notice to Inspector J. S., ofthe Spanish Town PoliceStation prepared anddelivered on September 21,20116. Received response fromInspector J. S., on November28, 20117. Requested a copy of courtfile from Spanish TownCourt House but to date hasnot received sameFIR was prepared andsubmitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSindecent language anddisorderly conduct andpaid a fine of$2000.00 in theSpanish Town PettySessions Court.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS33 Mr. S.A.ConductUnbecoming St.Catherine1. Witness Statementcollected2. Notice prepared toCons. D.M., of theSpanish Town PoliceStation OperationsSection and delivered3. Collected diaryentries and prisonersin custody book4. Contacted Cons. D.M., twice and hepromised to havestatement by the 10thof April 2012.5. On the 23rd of April2012, resent anothernotice to Cons. M.,since he has notresponded6. Cons. M., promisedto have notice by the12th week of July2012. Said that hewrote statement but isnot yet signed andstamped by JP03.10.1125.10.11Witness statement collectedand notice prepared to Cons.D. M., of the Spanish TownPolice Station. CollectedDiary Entry and Prisoner inCustody book. On the 23April 2012 re-sent notice toconcern officer since he hadnot responded. Receivedresponse from Con. M., afterseveral reminders. FIR isbeing prepared.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS34 Mr. D.S.Non-Action Kingston Mr. D.S. reported thathe had a case cross-case matter in court inApril 2011 with hiscommon law wife, N.D., of Assault O.G.B.Harm. He wassentenced to nine (9)months imprisonmentand was at the TowerStreet AdultCorrectional Centre.He was scheduled forcourt on August 31,2011 for his case thatwas brought againsthis wife but he was nottransported and to datehe has not heardanything12/4/2012 1. Contacted the investigatingofficer W/Cons. Mc., fromthe Half-Way Tree PoliceStation who informed that thematter was disposed of as 1)no evidence offered on the31st of August 2011 as thecomplainant was not in court.2. Contact was made with theHalf Way Tree Court anddialogue held with Ms. D.who should provide the courtdocuments as soon aspossible. Checks made onJune 29, 2012 and courtdocuments still not ready3. Contact was made withAssistant Supt. J., whoconfirmed that D. S., was aninmate but he came underseveral alias names, D. R.,T.B., T. G., A. S., T. B., S.B., A.B., He is currentlyserving two years for 1)Uttering Forged Documents2) Obtaining Money by FalsePretense 3) Conspiracy.Additionally, he has been aregular inmateNov 5, 2012: received courtrecords. FIR was preparedand submitted
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS35 Mr. E.E.Non-ActionKingstonMr. E. E. reported thathe gave a report to acorrectional officerthat he was threatenedby inmates and theyfailed to act. He wastold each time that heneeds to see aPsychiatrist. Thishappened sometime in20104.06. 201229.06.2012Contacted Superintendent ofTower Street who confirmedthat Mr. E. was an inmate atthe Institution. Nov 5, 2012:visited Tower Street AdultCorr. Centre and spoke withMr. E., d with Act. Supt. B.W., who intervened, had amediation session withCorrectional officer andInmate which was successful.FIR was prepared.T o visitTower Streetto speak orrecordstatement ofcomplainantTo get namesof concernedofficers thenprepare noticesfor officers
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS36 Mr. G.F.Unprofessional ConductSt. Thomas Mr. G.F. of JohnstownDistrict, St. Thomasreported that while hewas about to enter hisyard, he saw policeofficers K. W. and N.F., Cons. M., andothers in proximity ofhis home. One of theofficers came upbehind him grabbedunto his T. Shirt,complainant boxedaway his hand and theofficer grabbedcomplainant again inhis ganzie, used a lotof expletives andanother policemangrabbed him in hiswaist. One of theofficers fired two (2)shots in the air as thecrowd was convergingon the scene andanother fired three (3)shots. Complainantwas charged with theoffences of 1)Assaulting Police 2)Resisting Arrest and 3)Obstructing Police19.06.2012 Collected Diary entryCollected witness statementof J. F.Prepared notices for officers,M., F., and W.Nov 5, 2012: Receivedstatements from Cons. B.,Cons. P., Cons. K. W., Cons.F., Cons. M., Cons. B., andCons. B. Received copy ofcourt file from Morant BayCourt. received incidentscene report and CD inrelation to cartridge casings.Notice Supt. S., to have allconcerned officers firearmstaken to the Gov. ForensicLab and to submit name ofofficer who submitted thefirearms to the labs.To obtain ballisticreports andstatement fromofficer Re: chain ofcustody.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS37 Y. P.,and P.A.Unprofessional ConductKingston Complainants, Y. P.,and P. A. reported thatthey were stopped bypolice officers whiledriving their mini busin the Bull Bay area onthe 12th of April 2012.They did not have thebus papers in theirpossession and hencethey were charged forthe offences of 1)Aiding and Abetting2) FraudulentConversion 3) Assaultand 4) Resisting ArrestTraffic Court - Y. P.found guilty of Aidingand Abetting,Fraudulent Use ofLicense Plate andpaid $5000 or 2months imprisonmenton the 24th of April2012P.A. was found guiltyof having no insurancecoverage and paid afine of $2000 or 2months imprisonmentand for Fraudulent Useof License Plate, hepaid a fine of $5,000or 2 Months2.04.201216.04.20121) Collected witnessstatements2) Collected medical reportwhich states that injuries areconsistent with infliction bybeing handcuffed3) Collected Diary entries4) Notice was sent toconcerned officers5) Obtained statements fromConcerned officers, D. W., F.D., from Mobile Reserve6) Prepared and sent letters toboth courts (Traffic and Half-Way-Tree R.M. requestingcourt documents and theywere received on May 7 andJune 23, 2012 respectivelyFIR is being preparedAwaiting courtresults
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSimprisonment at hardlaborThe Trial date for Y.P. for Assaulting aConstable ispostponed to July 25,2012.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS38 Ms. A.R. andMs. C.F.Threat Kingston Ms. A. R. and Ms. C.F. made a complaint ofThreat and ConductUnbecoming against.Det. Sgt. R. L., Cpl. D.W., Cpl. M., andCons. M. from theHalf-Way Tree PoliceStation on June 25,2009. They reportedthat their sons O. M.,A. B., and N. D., werepicked up by policeofficers and taken tothe Station where theywere photographedand released withoutbeing charged. It wasreported that they werealso threatened by one(1) of the officers26.06.2009 Witness Statements collectedNotices were sent to OfficersFIR was prepared andsubmitted on March 10, 2010and Addendum done on the10th October 2011
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS39 Mr. J.B. UnlawfulArrestKingston Mr. J. B. has allegedthat he was arrestedand placed in custodyfor one night by Det.Cons. F.S., and wasreleased without beingcharged. However, thePrisoner‟s Charge andProperty entry saysthat the complainantwas charged with theoffence of ObtainingMoney by FalsePretences. Thecomplainant states thathe is currently beforethe court on samecharges; but notstemming from thisarrest.15.06.201104.07.20111. Witness statement fromJ.B.2. Prisoners‟ charge andproperty book entry copied.3. Notice for Cons. F. S., ofHalf-Way-Tree PoliceStation was prepared but notdelivered as4. ComplainantJ. B., later withdrew matter5. FIR was prepared and filesubmitted6. Information received isthat file was sent to the Anti-Corruption Branch onDecember 5, 2011. Calledand they are stillinvestigatingReferred to Inspectorate ofConstabulary forInvestigation 20.06.2012
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS40 Mr.C.B.Unprofessional ConductSt. Thomas Mr. C. B., Counselorfor the YallahsDivision reported thathe was stopped andsearchedby police officersfrom the YallahsPolice Station. Hewas then taken to theStation and waited forapproximately one (1)hour and releasedwithout any chargesbeing laid against him.During the search, amachete was foundunderneath the carpetof his car. He iscontending that as anelected representativethe search could havebeen conducted better.13-Jun-12 Statement was collected fromcomplainantFILE was sent to the JamaicaConstabulary ForceInspectorate Branch
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS41 Mr. C.L.Neglect ofDutyKingston Mr. C. L. reported thathe visited the DuhaneyPark Police Station onthe 6th of July 2012 togive a report about thetheft of his truck andwas prevented fromsubmitting thestatement as theofficer from thestatement refused torecord it. Theconcerned Officers areP. and C., from theDuhaney Park PoliceStation.12.07.2012 Statement collectedNotices prepared and sent toconcerned officersNov 5, 2012: receivedresponses from concernedofficers. FIR was prepared.42 R.M.Assault andunlawfulwoundingKingstonR. M. an Inmate at theHorizon RemandCentre was beaten bya Correction Officeron May 6, 2012. Hereceived a broken leg,arm and injuries to hisleft eye and left thigh.10/5/2012visited Tower Street asinmate was transferred fromHorizon and recordedstatement. Obtain statementsfrom the concerned officers.Received copy of prisoner‟sinjury report from theinstitution. Requested copyof medical certificate fromKPH. Recorded witnessstatement of R. H.Awaiting medicalreport.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS43 G. L. Assault Kingston G. L. reported that onthe 16/8/12 about 6amhe was physicallyassaulted by a JDFsoldier when theyalong with policeofficers from MobileReserve visited hishome.29/8/2012 Diary entries collected(August Town PoliceStation). Prepared notices forMobile Reserve Officers(Cons. I. and B.). Letter toJDF prepared to have soldierprepare statements.Awaiting responsefrom soldiers andpolice officers.44 D. S. Assault Kingston D. S., a remandee atthe Gun CourtRemand Centre wasboxed in his face by apolice officer from thecentre who is wellknown to him. Theincident reportedlytook place on 16/9/12.18/9/12 Complainant Statementcollected, medical reportapplied for.Notices for officers prepared.Received statements fromSgt. B. P., D. M., C. R., R.B., and S. S.Awaiting medicalreport from theComprehensiveHealth Centre.45 N. C. Assault Kingston N. C. reported that onTuesday Sept. 25,2012 he was brutallyattacked byCorrectional Officersfrom the HorizonRemand Centre.1/10/2012 Complainant statementcollected and medicalcertificate applied for (KPH)Medical Certificateoutstanding andresponse from theconcerned officers.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS46 K. M. Assault Kingston K. M. reported that onthe 27/9/12 atelephone charger wasused to tie around herneck causing her toalmost loseconsciousness and sheeven urinated onherself because thepolice officers(Elletson Road)wanted her to takethem to her ex-partners house. Shewas also kicked in herbuttocks by one of themale officers.2/11/2012 Complainant statementrecorded, medical certapplied for. Notice officers.Medical Certificateoutstanding andresponse from theconcerned officers.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS47 D. D. Assault MandevilleD. D. alleges that onApril 1, 2011 he wasbeaten with a baton byOfficer F. at theMandeville Policelockup. He sustainedinjuries to his head,shoulder and arm.7/4/2011Final Report Submitted on11/9/11.File was handed to theInvestigator for the Doctor tosign Medical Certificate andfor complainant to furnish afurther statement. This wasdone.Notices were emailed to theMandeville Office to beserved on Det/Cpl. C., of theMandeville Police Stationwith response date as 2011December 28.NB. This is so becauseDet/Cpl. C., is the arrestingofficer complainant.The question as to whetherthe complainant wasunlawfully arrested is to bebourne out and if Set/Cpl. Isto be charged for unlawfullyarresting the complainant ashe did not go to court for theoffence for which he wascharged.Final Investigation Report isto be done.Awaiting responsefrom Det/Cpl. C.,
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSFinal Investigation Reportcompleted and submitted on12/4/10.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS48R. O.o/c„C. U.‟ ShootingInjuryOracabessaSt. MaryOn Tuesday, 2011May 2 about 9:40am,R. O. o/c „C. U.‟ and„blacks‟, 24 years oldHiggler of GullyRoad, Boscobel andAnnotto Bay, St. Marywas shot and injuredby No. 12631Detective Constable S.M. at Quarter Deck,Boscobel, St. Marywhen he allegedlyentered ConstableM.‟s private residencearmed with a firearm.No firearm wasrecovered andDet/Cons. M., escapedinjury during theincident.24/5/2011(1)Station Diary Entrycopied;(2) Statement of A. O.,(brother of R. O.,) recorded;(3) Statement of mother of R.O., recorded;(4) Further statements to berecorded from witnesses.(5)BSI Interim Reportreceived;(6) Clothing of R., has beensent to the ForensicLaboratory for testing ofgunshot residue andstippling; Fl# 2241/2011(7)Medical Certificatereceived from the Port MariaHospital;(8) Complainant statementreceived;(9) Application made forMedical Certificate from theKingston Public Hospital;Det/Sgt. T. B.,is to becontacted - rea further reportin regards tochain ofcustody of thefirearm thatwas seized andBallistic FL#Awaiting BallisticCertificate from theForensic LaboratoryAwaiting responsesfrom W/Sgt. C., andDet/Cpl. D.,24-4-2012Awaiting resultsfrom Forensics Lab
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS(10) R. O., was telephonedon 2011/8/23 in respect to hismatter at the Court, heinformed that his case hasbeen put off until September2011;(11)R.‟s, mother wasidentified as the person whotook him to the Hospital.She has been contacted onseveral occasions to comeinto office and give astatement. Subsequent to thetelephone calls she attendedthis office and had herstatement recorded;(12) The Forensic Lab wascalled on 2011/8/23regarding the testing ofclothing that was delivered tothem. The Lab informed thatno testing has been done onthe item;(13) On 2011/8/26 thisInvestigator receivedresponses from Det/Cpl. H.,of Area II Technical ServicesDivision along with viewer‟s(ii) Det/Cons. S. M., (iii)Det/Sgt. T. B., Miss B., is to
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSfurnish a further report inregards to chain of custody ofthe firearm that was seizedand Ballistic FL#;(14) A Notice was deliveredto be served on Det/Sgt. B.,for her to clarify what shemeant by “I later caused...”and for her to furnish copiesof the receipts and for theexhibits she took to the lab;(15) The Forensic Laboratorywas again contacted on 2012February 24 at 3:10 p.m. andinformed that the Ballistic,Chemistry and BiologyCertificates are not readybecause no one has beencharged in the matter. Irequested that the Certificatesbe prepared.(16) On Tuesday, 2012February 28, this Investigatorwas contacted by Cpl. H., ofthe Government ForensicLab. He informed me thatthe 9mm Browning Pistolmodel BDA with serial#516MM50138 that wasbrought to the lab was testfired and compared with the
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS9mm spent shell exhibit thatwas taken from the scene.Both are a match and thatcharges can be laid againstthe accused. The Certificate,he said, would not be givento INDECOM unless thematter is before the Court.Mr. M., has been apprised ofthe situation.(17) A request of the BSI Filehas been made from theRegistrar and received;(18) On 12/8/7 DOC M., metwith contact who extractedinformation from medicalrecords. S. M., was in facttreated by a doctor at PortAntonio Hospital for fatigueand several days sick leavewere recommended.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS49 C. H.AssaultSt.CatherineThe complainant, C.H. alleges that she wasassaulted and verballyabused by D/C R. J.,of the RiversdalePolice Station whenshe went there toreport a case of threat9/26/2011(1)Station Diary Entriescollected as well as DutyForecast Register(2) Medical Certificate aswell as Medical Reportobtained from the LinsteadHospital.(3)Notices were sent to Cpl.A. Clarke; Cons. D. S.,;W/Cons. S. B., and D/C R. J.,for response by 2011November 23.(4)Sgt. E., was theSupervisor at the time of theincident. He too was Noticedbut unfortunately I wasinformed that he is onsuspension. Subsequently aletter was sent to theAssistant Commissioner ofPolice requesting assistancein confirming whether or notSgt. E.‟s, suspension has anyconnection to the matter.Final Investigation ReportSubmitted on 12/1/23.Awaiting responsefrom Cpl. A. C.Awaiting responsefrom assistantCommissioner ofPolice.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS50C. O.M.Assault KingstonC. O. M., an inmate atthe Kingston CentralPolice Station isreporting that he wasunjustifiably beaten byOfficer D., at the lock-ups with a baton on aSunday in December2011 which resulted inhim suffering a brokenleft hand.1/13/2012(1)Statement of complainantrecorded.(2)Medical Journal copied.(3)Lock Up Diary copied.(4)Prisoner in Custody Bookcopied.(5)Medical Certificateapplied for and received.(6) Relevant Station Diaryentries to be copied.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS51 C. L. Assault St. ThomasAt approximately12:48 p.m. onWednesday, 2012January 25, Mr. C. L.of Rowlands FieldP.A., St. Thomasvisited the offices ofINDECOM andreported that on 2012January 12 atapproximately 11:00p.m. he was standingat the shop that heowns when policepersonnel arrived in agrey and blue Hiluxvan. They jumped outpointing their guns athim. Inspector C. wholed the team searchedhim, found nothingincriminating on himand sent him home.Whilst in his yard andtalking on his phone,two (2) officersaccosted him, onetold him to hand overthe phone and whilehanding over thephone the otherpulled him over abarbed wire fence with1/12/2012(1)Mr. L., submitted a copyof his Medical Certificatefrom Dr. S., Win of 14AQueens Street, Morant Bay,St. Thomas. This isconsistent with the injuriesthe complainant report in hisstatement.(2) Statement of O. B.,witness, recorded.(2)Station Diary entriescopied.(3)Duty Forecast Bookcopied.(4) Notices served on Insp.C., Sgt. R. S., Cpl. J.,W/Cons. M. and Spl/Cons. C.L.(5) Response received fromInsp. C. and Sgt. R. S.Awaiting response from theother officers.(6)2nd Notices weredelivered to be served onCpl. J., W/Cons. M. andSpl/Cons. C. L.; awaitingresponse.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSmakka bush and oldzincs, he fell and hithis back which causedhim pain. He statedthat he was verballyabused during thisprocess.While being escortedto the shop whereInspector C., had justsearched him, he wasboxed in the faceseveral times andagain was searched,handcuffed and takenback to his housewhere it was searchedand one of the officersshoved his gun into hismouth to the back ofhis throat until hevomited.He and his friend O‟.were being transportedto the Golden GrovePolice station whereO‟. was severelybeaten with a fat pieceof cane until itthrashed out. He wasbeing continuouslyboxed on the left side
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONSof his face until his leftear bled.They were then lockedup at the GoldenGrove Police Stationfrom about1:20 a.m. the Friday to2:00 p.m. Theirphotographs were thentaken before they werereleased. They werenot charged for anyoffence.
  • THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT – TEAM ALPHAOTHER INVESTIGATIONS52 S. C.Assault,Destructionof Property&Unprofessional ConductSt. ThomasAt approximately 1:45p.m. on Tuesday, 2012February 7, Mr. S.Cl.of Spring Gardens,Stony Gut, St. Thomasvisited the offices ofINDECOM andreported that on 2012January 31 atapproximately 8:00a.m. – 9:0 a.m. in themorning, he was at hisfarm when a friend ofhis informed him thatsmoke was seencoming from hishouse. He immediatelyleft the farm and wentto his house and saw agroup of policemenburning his beds,barrel and his suitcasewith his church clothesand Ten ThousandJamaican Dollars($10,000.00) inside.He left that locationand went to hisgirlfriends‟ house.Whilst there brushinghis teeth, h