Jamaica top cop transfers police involved in controversial shooting

Ellington issued the instruction during a high-level security meeting that was prompted by two days of demonstrations by residents from the community of Orange Villa who claim that Nakia Jackson, 27 , was killed in cold blood by the police.

The police report that they were on patrol when they got wind of a robbery carried out by a ‘Rastafarian-looking’ man who ran into the vicinity of Orange Villa.

They claimed they accosted a man fitting the description given to them. They alleged that the man pointed a firearm at them, which forced them to take evasive action and fire two shots in the man’s direction. They also alleged that a Smith and Wesson 9-mm pistol was recovered.

The residents mounted two fiery roadblocks on Monday and Tuesday to voice their disgust at the killing and accused the officers of lying about the incident and planting a gun on the dead man.

On Wednesday Ellington, National Security Minister Peter Bunting and the member of parliament Desmond McKenzie, visited  Orange Villa where Ellington assured residents that all is being done to ensure that the matter is thoroughly investigated.

“The investigations are being done by an independent body and they should give full cooperation and support to the investigators, whatever they know, they should tell it. And I have told them that the police force under my leadership will support INDECOM investigations because unless we are able to investigate these matters, find the truth and where people are guilty of wrong doing we can bring them to justice, we are not going to bring an end to this kind of antagonism between the citizens and the police,” Ellington said.

Meanwhile, McKenzie says he is deeply concerned about the incident.

“I understand the challenges that the police face, I know it is difficult because almost on a daily basis they are confronted in one way or the other but the response to this case is one that I’m really concerned about,” he said.

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