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Don't judge me based on Tivoli reviews, says Ellington

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 5:38 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Ellington ... retired as police commissioner last year.

Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says he should only be judged by the way the May 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens were planned, executed and monitored.

At the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry today, Ellington insisted that he should not be judged on how the operations were reviewed by persons outside the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

A three-member panel chaired by retired Chief Justice of Barbados Sir David Simmons is probing the conduct of the operations in which more than 70 civilians and one member of the Jamaica Defence Force were killed.

Responding to questions from head of the Independent Commission of Investigations, Terrence Williams, Ellington acknowledged that there were hundreds of complaints about misconduct by members of the JCF, but said they were unsubstantiated.

Ellington will face more questioning when the enquiry continues tomorrow.