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High command to respond to INDECOM on increased police shooting findings

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2017 | 2:50 AM

The police high command is expected to respond today to concerns by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) about an increase in the number of police-involved fatal shootings since the start of the year.

INDECOM reports that up to yesterday, 31 people were shot dead by members of the security forces.

This is a 55 per cent increase when compared with the 20 fatal shootings by members of the security forces for the corresponding period last year.

Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM Hamish Campbell says the figures are worrying and warns that at the current rate, Jamaica is on pace to record more than 200 police-involved fatal shootings this year.

Campbell says eight of the people shot dead by the police did not have a firearm.

Seven others who were shot and injured also did not have a firearm.

INDECOM says it is seeing a worrying trend of cops firing at moving vehicles, which is against the use-of-force policy of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Last year, 111 people were shot dead by members of the security forces, 10 more than in 2015.

Last year, there were 822 complaints from members of the public, but no criminal charge or disciplinary action was recommended in 365 cases.