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Tivoli residents protest against Ellington, welcome Sir David Simmons

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 10:17 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
A West Kingston resident displays a placard welcoming the chairman of the West Kinsgton Commission of Enquiry, Sir David Simmons.
A Tivoli Gardens resident displays a placard welcoming the West Kinsgton Commission of Enquiry today.
A Tivoli Gardens resident is interviewed while the West Kinsgton Commission of Enquiry tours the community.

Ahead of a visit to west Kingston by the three-member Commission of Enquiry, residents are now staging a peaceful protest.

The residents, some bearing placards, are claiming that former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has not been truthful in his testimony at the enquiry.

READ: West Kingston Enquiry: Ellington rejects shot in the back claim

Amid the protest, however, the residents are expressing gratitude for the manner in which Commission chairman, David Simmons, has been handling the enquiry.


Gleaner Reporter Livern Barrett speaking with Damion Mitchell of The Gleaner/Power 106 New Centre

"Welcome to Tivoli Gardens David Simmons," read one placard.

"We love you David Simmons," another read.

One placard displayed a searching question as to who will be held culpable.

"Tivoli massacre who is going to prison?" it questioned.

A small number of police personnel are in Tivoli Gardens awaiting the arrival of the Commissioners.

This morning, Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake, briefed the Commissioners and the attorneys participating in the enquiry on the areas of West Kingston that they will visit.