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INDECOM boss renews call for installation of cameras in police lockups

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 9:11 AM
Terrence Williams - File

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Head of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams has repeated calls for major police lockups across the island to be outfitted with video cameras.

Williams says the tool will not only allow for better observation of prisoners, but will act as a more effective means of overseeing all activities at police look ups.

He made the call against the background of the death of Mario Deane, the 31 year old construction worker who died from injuries he received from a beating while at the Barnett Street Police Station.

The INDECOM boss says the oversight body has serious concerns about the circumstances surrounding Deane’s death.

He says agents of the State have a responsibility to protect individuals who are in their custody.

He says these persons must be held accountable where it is found that they have failed to do their job.

Williams says INDECOM is currently investigating 30 cases where persons died in the custody of the State.

Meanwhile, Williams says there is an urgent need for changes to the procedures used in the care of prisoners in lock ups.

He says the commission continues to see instances of inadequate resources, lack of monitoring and risk assessment, among other challenges.

The INDECOM boss says these shortcomings must be addressed with urgency.

Williams was speaking at Rotary Club function in Falmouth, Trelawny last night.

Yesterday, National Security Minister Peter Bunting announced that he’s to receive a report on new arrangements for the care and protection of persons in police custody from the Acting Commissioner of Police by next Monday.

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