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Second cop charged in connection with Lawrence Tavern shooting

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015 | 12:31 PM

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has arrested and charged a second police officer in relation to the Lawrence Tavern shooting death of Garfield Coburn on March 6, 2015.

Constable Dain Reid who is also attached to the Lawrence Tavern Police Station was charged with giving a false statement to INDECOM contrary to Section 33 A of the INDECOM Act.

Reid was arrested on Thursday and taken before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charges.

Last week, police constable Kevon Gordon who has been charged with murder in connection with the video-recorded shooting of Coburn, a resident of Mahoney District, Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew was granted bail.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey offered Gordon bail in the sum of $250,000.

A stop order was placed on Gordon at all ports of entry and exit; and he was also ordered to surrender his travel documents.

Amateur video broadcast on television and posted on the Internet showed Coburn on the ground following a dance in Lawrence Tavern shortly after being shot.

Immediately before the shooting, Coburn was held by a cop who insisted that he should accompany him, as he was under arrest.

However, Coburn resisted efforts by the cop to remove him.

In the video several bystanders pleaded with the cop to leave Coburn.

They also suggested that Coburn was being arrested for a ganja spliff.

Investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) arrested and charged Gordon on Friday, March 13 and he faced an identification parade the following day.

INDECOM says he was positively identified by all witnesses.

On a statement read in court, Gordon said Coburn was shot after he pulled a knife at a cop.