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Will committee on the treatment of people in lock-ups make a difference?

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 9:17 AM

A leading social commentator is raising doubt as to whether the Cabinet sub committee established to review the treatment of people in police custody will make any difference.

Horace Levy, a member of the Jamaica Civil Service Coalition says he doesn't foresee a successful outcome of this effort if the police will ultimately be asked to implement the recommendation of the committee.

According to Mr Levy, this is simply because Jamaicans do not trust the police.

Levy says a good idea maybe for an institution like the Independent Commission of Investigations to be given a monitoring role of the treatment of people in police custody.

Levy has commented on the level of wariness expressed on social media toward the Government’s announced sub-committee:

The establishment of the Cabinet sub committee follows the August 3 beating of construction worker Mario Deane while in lock up at the Barnett Street police station.

He died in hospital three days later.

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