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Tell the truth – INDECOM boss urges police

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 1:04 PM
Terrence Williams - File
Mario Deane, of Rosemount, in Montego Bay, while he battled for his life at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. - Contributed

Deon Green, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is warning police personnel to be truthful in their reports even in cases where their colleagues have behaved unprofessionally.

His comments coincide with public concern about the conflicting reports on the possible cause of the injuries that led to the death of St James construction worker, Mario Deane, while in the custody of the state.

Deane who was arrested by the police for possession of ganja last week Sunday, died in hospital on Wednesday after suffering brain and other head injuries.

His family says doctors told them that the police reported that Deane fell from a bunk bed.

However, the official police report says Deane was beaten by other inmates after he was returned to the cell having refused to cooperate with bail procedures.

Meanwhile, the INDECOM commissioner, Terrence Williams says the investigative body intends to widen its scope by opening more offices island wide.

Among the targeted areas are the north eastern parishes of Portland, St Mary and St Ann.

INDECOM probes killings and alleged abuse by members of the Security Forces.

It has reported a 40 per cent reduction in the number of people killed by members of the security forces up to July 31 this year, compared with the similar period last year.

Commissioner of INDECOM, Terrence Williams, says up to the end of July 83 people were killed by the police down from 116 for the similar period last year.

He was speaking yesterday at the Trinity Baptist Church in Morant Bay yesterday to mart the start the fourth anniversary week of celebrations for INDECOM.


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