The two cops implicated in the fatal shooting of three men in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, last Friday, could have an idea of just how much trouble they are in today.
While the controversial shooting is being probed by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), an administrative review by the police should be done today, and the two cops will find out how their peers view their story of how the shooting unfolded.
"I'm very concerned about the shooting and have done what I could based on what was before me," Police Commissioner Owen Ellington told The Gleaner yesterday.
Ellington ordered that the two cops be taken off front line duties as anger boiled in Shrewsbury over the killing of 28-year-old firefighter Andrew Brydson; his 24-year-old brother, Triston Brydson; and their cousin, Kingsley Green.
Yesterday, Ellington said he would be prepared to take further action against the two cops based on what came out of the administrative review.
No contact with public
According to Ellington, with the men being taken off front-line duty, they will be kept from coming in contact, or being required to come in contact, with the public or being required to use force.
Ellington said allegations that moving the cops off front-line duties had been designed to out the fires of protest before they were returned to the streets were incorrect.
"If the review shows nothing out of the ordinary happened and the policemen are given the all-clear, then they could be returned to front-line duties," said Ellington. He added that the men would have to get counselling, and possibly other interventions, before they were allowed back on the front line.
He said the force was giving its full assistance to INDECOM as it probed the shootings.