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Police chief should resign

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I refer to Robert Dalley's letter to the Gleaner editor captioned 'Taxi shoot-up scandalous' (July 5, 2016), which commented that the police's approach to the constabulary's use-of-force policy is a massive indictment on the force and the commissioner. The letter also made reference to the dastard shooting of that student from Alpha Academy last week. As a concerned Jamaican, I join Mr Dalley in wishing for a full recovery from her injuries.

What is of great concern is the prevalence of careless shooting of citizens by the police, including gunshot wounds to the head and back. The firing into moving taxis is not justified in law.

Commissioner Carl Williams has done very little to stop these repeated unlawful police shootings. The police seem to be getting away scot-free after shooting Jamaicans with impunity. They are behaving as if they are a law unto themselves.

Commissioner Williams should immediately tender his resignation. Instead, former Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields should be immediately appointed police commissioner. Things cannot continue in the same old, tired way. Drastic times require a change in the police commissioner and leadership of the officer corps.

ANDREW BEDASSE

Rock Spring

Lucea PO, Hanover