Mario Dean's mother says cops harassing her
The mother of Mario Dean, who died as a result of injuries received while in police lock-up, today chronicled how, in the search for justice for his death, the family has been intimidated by cops.
Dean was severely beaten on August 3, 2014, while in police custody at the Barnett Street Police Station in St James.
He succumbed to his injuries at hospital on August 6, 2014.
Today, his mother, Mercia Frazer, told the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that families are afraid to pursue justice when their relatives are killed by police.
She also testified that Mario Dean was among a number of young Jamaican men who have been arrested and denied bail because they stood up to the police.
Frazer said since Dean's death at hospital, police personnel have been harassing her.
Frazer also expressed frustration at the pace of the court proceedings, noting that she has already been to court more than 20 times in relation to the case, but it is yet to get justice.
She said the police often give excuses, files aren’t prepared, lawyers show up for court unprepared and witnesses are often absent.
She’s convinced that, until there is an overhaul of the police force, witnesses will continue to refuse to give evidence in similar cases.