JFJ says police shootings should be monitored to prevent upward trend
Amid reports of increased police killings by The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says it will be closely monitoring police shootings in the coming months.
Figures from INDECOM show that since the start of this year at least 31 people have been shot dead by the security forces, and a further 11 shot and injured.
JFJ spokesperson, Susan Goffe says it is important that police shootings are monitored so that they don't trend upward throughout the rest of the year.
Goffe says the JFJ has welcomed the overall downward trend in the number of police killings in an extended analysis of the past three years.
She says the decrease suggests that the police have improved the manner in which they carry out operations.
Yesterday, INDECOM reported a 26 per cent decrease in the number of persons killed in planned operations last year.
Last year, 111 people were shot dead by members of the security forces, 10 more than in 2015.
There were also 822 complaints from members of the public last year, but no criminal charge or disciplinary action was recommended in 365 cases.
The police high command is expected to respond today to concerns about an increase in the number of police-involved in fatal shootings since the start of the year.