Amnesty report: Jamaica fosters culture of fear with police impunity
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP):
Amnesty International has accused Jamaica of fostering a culture of impunity and "promoting a culture of fear" linked to a chronically high rate of killings by police.
A report issued Wednesday by the London-based group says just two Jamaican officers have been convicted of murder since 2000. Roughly 3,000 people were killed in police-related fatalities during that time.
It accuses police of illegal "intimidation and harassment" against relatives of citizens slain by lawmen.
Poor residents have regularly protested what they insist are murders by police and accuse officers of planting pistols beside bodies and collecting spent shells.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force didn't respond to emails or calls seeking comment about Amnesty's report.
Senior commanders have long dismissed accusations of unlawful killings, noting Jamaica is awash with illegal guns and gangs.