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JAMAICANS FOR JUSTICE | 2019-03-18 11:25:00

On March 15, 2019 people all over the world will commemorate International Day Against Police
Brutality, which is designated as a day of solidarity against police brutality and undue violence by
the police forces.
With an approximated 137 security forces related fatalities in 20181 and 11 since the beginning of
20192, JFJ remains concerned about the use of force by the police and the disastrous effects that
extrajudicial killings have on the lives of the families that are left behind.
Jamaicans for Justice provides psychosocial and legal support to the network of family members
of persons who have been killed by police. Many of these families are still engaged in legal battles
against members of the police force and the Attorney General, seeking justice for the wrongful
killing of their loved ones. They will commemorate the Day Against Police Brutality by coming
together in solidarity, to remember their loved ones and to continue to call for justice and demand
that members of the security forces are held accountable.
This network includes Monica Williams, whose 15-year-old son Jason Smith was killed by police
in July 2002 while on his way from a shop. The policemen who were charged with Jason’s murder
were tried and freed in 2005, however Monica has pursued compensation for damages for the loss
of Jason’s life and has been successful. Unfortunately, she has yet to receive the promised
compensation and the matter remains unfinished while quantum is decided in the courts. She has
been waiting for justice for almost 17 years.
We continue to support Mercia Fraser, whose son Mario Deane died on Independence Day in
2014 after succumbing to injuries he received from being brutally beaten while in police lockup
in Montego Bay for possession of ganga. Mercia has continued her fight to see that the police
officers who were on duty at the time when Mario was beaten will be brought to justice. They have
subsequently been charged with manslaughter, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in
a public office, but Mercia has been deliberately excluded from the trial and is finding it difficult
to follow through in her pursuit of justice for her son.

The network also includes Sandra Linton whose 19-year-old son Renardo Wilson was killed by
police in 2010. The INDECOM report for Renardo was only completed in 2018 and an inquest
at the Special Coroners Court has yet to begin.
Heartened by the recent trial of members of the “Police Death Squad” and the conviction of
Constable Collis Brown for three counts of murder, wounding with intent and conspiracy to
commit murder, members of this support network of families are calling on the government to
ensure that police are held accountable for extrajudicial killings and that the cases of these
members of the security forces are transparent and undertaken with minimal delays.
“Something must change! Police have been killing innocent people without consequences for too
long. Many of us have been waiting for justice for years, some of us for over 15 years and it feels
like we are waiting in vain. We are calling on the government to hold public meetings and consult
with the people so they can fast-track the Police Services Act so that they can shake up the police
force. Enough is enough!” - Monica Williams
These families are pleading with the government to end impunity for unlawful killings by police,
as they continue to advocate for their loved ones and pursue justice through the courts.

Posted By :Dr.Barry Wade


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