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INDECOM commissioner urges police to handle persons injured, killed in shoot-outs with respect

Published:Sunday | May 29, 2016 | 5:42 PM
INDECOM Commisioner Terrence Williams

Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Commissioner Terrence Williams is urging the police to treat people who have been killed or injured in conflicts with the state with respect and dignity.

Williams' comments come against the background of the circulation of a video showing officers handling the body of Joseph Hibbert, who was fatally shot by the police on May 17, in a demeaning manner.

In a release this morning, Williams says the officers threw, what appeared to be the lifeless body of Hibbert, into the back of a police service vehicle.

He says the actions of the police were both disturbing and unacceptable. He is insisting that agents of the state treat with respect, dignity and professionalism the removal of bodies from crime scenes, in spite of the person's background or alleged crime or misconduct.

Williams says the circulation of the most recent video will do little to enhance the reputation of the Jamaican police force.