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Police commissioner addresses 'Chucky' Brown case

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 1:00 PM
Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson - File photo

The Office of the Commissioner of Police says several initiatives were put in place in the Jamaica Constabulary Force to address issues that may emerge out of the evidence presented at the murder trial of Collis 'Chucky' Brown.

According to the office, this was done even before the case went to trial.

It did not provide specifics.

Among other things, Brown was convicted in the Home Circuit Court last week on evidence that he was involved in a police 'death squad' that targeted criminals in Clarendon.

He was found guilty of the murders of three men in two separate incidents in the parish.

READ: Guilty on all counts

The court also heard evidence that Brown and the other cops in the 'death squad' were provided with resources to carry out extrajudicial killings and that the squad had the backing of senior members of the police force.

The police commissioner's office broke its silence in a statement issued yesterday indicating that it has paid keen attention to the case and its outcome.

Yesterday, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica took issue with police commissioner Major General Antony Anderson over his lack of public comment on the case, arguing that it has implications for public trust and confidence in the police force.

READ: PSOJ wants police commissioner to break silence

But, the commissioner's office said it would be inappropriate to comment at this time. 

Full Statement

The Office of the Commissioner of Police appreciates the interest of members of the media and other groups in having a comment on a recent court case involving a police officer.

We wish to state that persons who carry out illegal acts whether they are police officers or not should face the courts. 

In the current case, the accused was convicted based on his own evidence.

The Office wishes to advise the public that at this time it would be inappropriate to make further comments on the case as there are other connected matters related to the conviction. 

The Office of the Police Commissioner assures the public that it has paid keen attention to the case and its outcome. Even before the case came to trial, several initiatives were put in place to address issues that may have arisen out of the evidence presented and findings and comments of other groups and individuals. 

The Office wishes to emphasise the imperative of all parties respecting the judicial process and to allow the law to take its course.

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