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Peace Management Initiative member says police oversight led to death of cop

Published:Wednesday | September 24, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Board member of the Peace Management Initiative, Horace Levy, is declaring that poor planning on the part of the police led to the death of one of their own in August Town on Monday.

Thirty-five-year-old Constable James Grant was killed during an operation in the African Gardens area of August Town.

The police say the team had gone into African Gardens based on intelligence that heavily armed men aligned to one gang were getting ready to launch an attack on a rival gang.

However, Horace Levy, of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI), says he does not believe the operation was properly executed.

Levy, who has worked with the PMI in the area for many years, notes that the gang’s base is elevated and therefore the gangsters would have had a good vantage point from which to watch and attack the police.

Levy says August Town residents are saddened that the amount of resources being directed at the investigation into the policeman’s death had not been used to probe the initial incident which led to the operation on Monday.

Levy says his information is that there was a killing in the Jungle Twelve area which was allegedly carried out by individuals from Goldsmith Villa almost two weeks ago.

He says the police response has been slow and the perpetrators are yet to be apprehended.

Levy says residents believe this sends a message that the life of a policeman is more important than theirs.


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