Jamaicans continue to cry out about the high number of police killings. Since the start of the year, there have been at least 19 reported police killings across the island. During a Gleaner Editors' Forum held yesterday at the newspaper's Kingston offices, stakeholders offered recommendations.
Senior Superintendent Assan Thompson, head of the Police Community Safety Division
We want the public to help us this time to make a call to say to the people out there who are going around with the guns that we have had enough of it.
Sergeant Raymond Wilson, chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation
We need the support of the public and the human-rights groups because when you (human-rights groups) speak a particular way, while it is your right and we are not saying you shouldn't speak this way about these killings, but we have to consider the flip side that people take it as a strengthening to their acts of deviance and terror.
Horace Levy, board member of the Peace Management Initiative
The police must eliminate from their ranks any death squads, any paramilitary policing, any rigid policing and adhere to the official police position of community-based policing.
Dr Carolyn Gomes, executive director of Jamaicans for Justice
There must be accountability for the continuing, ongoing breaches of the laws, policies and regulations which result in these events which the community and the wider society know are not justified.
Terrence Williams, commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations
The police in Jamaica must take on the full suite of control and accountability, which are recommended by international best practices and by the courts throughout the world.