D'Aguilar wants policy for police pepper spray use
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
The convenor of the Tivoli Committee, Lloyd D'Aguilar, is urging the National Security Ministry to ensure that the police policy governing the use of pepper spray is implemented.
Last week, Jamaica received a donation of kits containing non-lethal weapons from the United States Government.
The kits contain a retractable baton, pepper spray canister, a pair of handcuffs and a utility belt.
According to D’Aguilar, in the past, residents of inner city communities have complained about the police misusing pepper spray.
Noting that the substance in pepper spray can cause serious damage, D'Aguilar said it is critical measures are implemented to guard against abuse.
Last week, the National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, said the introduction of the non-lethal equipment will help to reduce the number of fatal incidents while boosting public trust in the police.
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has reported a steady decline in the number of security-force related fatalities for the past 10 months of 2014.
INDECOM says at the end of last month it recorded 103 killings by members of the security forces or 117 fewer than it recorded for the similar period last year when there were 220 such incidents.
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