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INDECOM pleads for patience, as it investigates Bogle's shooting

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Soldiers leave a crime scene in August Town, where a disabled woman was shot and killed during a police-military operation last Wednesday.

The Independent Commission of Investigations has responded to public pleas for a speedy investigation by its body into the shooting death of Susan Bogle, a disabled woman, who was killed, allegedly, by soldiers on an operation by the security forces in August Town, St Andrew. 

Yesterday evening, a group, which identified itself as 'Concerned Citizens' started a petition on change.org, seeking a speedy investigation into the incident and the intervention of the Prime Minister, Director of Public Prosecution and Minister of National Security. 

The petition has so far received 4,761 signatures, as it nears the 5,000 mark.  

In a release this afternoon, INDECOM pleaded for patience and understanding, noting that it will be conducting a thorough investigation of the incident, but acknowledged that it is facing some challenges, as the members of the security forces on operation were not wearing body cameras. Still, INDECOM says it will rely on eye witnesses, post-mortem examination and report, ballistic report and forensic reconstruction for an independent account of the incident. 

It's urging anyone who witnessed the incident to call them at 876-968-8875, 876-968-1932, 876-553-5555. 

INDECOM said it will also be consulting with its international forensic expert and that it has photographed Bogle's body, which is being forensically stored until the post-mortem examination. It further noted that interviews with members of the security forces have also been conducted under oath, and that other interviews are to be completed. The members of the security team on operation during the incident are also to provide INDECOM with statements.   

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