Public Defender Earl Witter faced a backlash from scores of west Kingston residents following a meeting yesterday to update them on his efforts to get compensation for those who suffered losses during the 2010 police-military incursion into Tivoli Gardens.
The meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston, was organised by Witter's office, but some persons walked out before it ended, openly expressing disappointment with what they heard.
Journalists were asked to leave the meeting, but several persons reported that the near two-hour presentation by Witter lacked specifics.
They also said Witter promised that in two weeks his office would complete a claim on behalf of everyone who suffered losses during the incursion and that it will be sent to the Government seeking compensation.
"Mi did expec' fi hear sup'n 'bout when wi a go get compensation, but all now him nuh seh if wi a go get a dollar," one woman complained.
"Mi neva know seh a dis stupidniss mi leave mi yaad fi come hear," said an elderly woman as she left the meeting.
Dudley McLeish, an elderly man who said his house still has the bullet holes from the 2010 operation, was also not happy with what he heard.
"All now him nuh talk 'bout when wi a go get anyt'ing," McLeish told The Gleaner.
But as he exited the conference centre, Witter told The Gleaner "I am making no comments on those sentiments.
"That's what the media wants to hear. My duty was to report to them and I reported to them," he insisted.