The National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ) says it will be meeting with the public defender to seek his intervention in an incident in which one of its members was killed by police at his home off Mountain View Avenue in Kingston yesterday.
Residents took to the streets early yesterday morning, blocking sections of the road, as they protested the killing of 21-year-old Kavorn Shue. According to residents, about 4:00 a.m. yesterday, a team of police kicked open the door to Shue’s house on Jarrett Lane and immediately opened fire, killing him. Shue was sports coordinator for the Moutain View Police Youth Club.
According to one of Shue’s colleagues, the police were looking for a wanted man in the area and may have gone to the wrong address.
But president of the NYCJ, Ryan Small says the Council has been receiving conflicting reports about the incident and has therefore called an emergency meeting with its members and residents. The meeting is to be held in the community tomorrow.
In a release this morning, the NYCJ urged police commissioner, Owen Ellington, to remove the cops involved in yesterday’s shooting from front line duty. He noted that the incident threatened the gains made by the NYCJ and the Mountain View Youth Club in renewing the relationship between residents and the police.
He says the NYCJ will also be meeting with the Mountain View Community Safety and Security branch later this week to discuss the matter.
The NYCJ is urging persons who witnessed the incident to give information to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which probing the shooting.