Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:The two policemen involved in the fatal shooting of three men in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, last Friday have been removed from front-line duties.
The cops are now to face an administrative review by a team which includes representatives of the Bureau of Special Investigation and the Assistant Commissioner of Police for Area One, Devon Watkiss.
News of the administrative review came yesterday from the officer in charge of the Westmoreland police, Superintendent Carol McKenzie, after angry residents mounted roadblocks in the area to protest against the killing of the three men.
"The men have been removed from front-line duties and will face an administrative review which must be held within five days of the incident. The panel will decide whether they are culpable and will communicate the decision to the commissioner who will decide what punitive action to take," announced McKenzie.
house set ablaze
This came hours after persons set fire to the house of a man they claimed made the call to the police on Friday that men in a red car were robbing residents.
It is believed that the police were responding to that report when 28-year-old firefighter Andrew Brydson, his 24-year-old brother Triston Brydson and their cousin Kingsley Green were fatally shot.
Yesterday, a relative of the men told The Sunday Gleaner that the family is mourning and will not be satisfied until the police are punished.
"These men were innocent and the police did not even ask any questions or investigate. They should get life imprisonment, the family would be satisfied with that," said the family member who asked not to be named.
Yesterday, residents blocked sections of the Shrewsbury, and Petersfield main roads as they demanded justice. The Independent Commission of Investigation is investigating.