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UPDATE: Police inspectorate probes death of motorcyclist

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 6:36 PM

The Police High Command has instructed the Inspectorate of the Constabulary to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a motorcyclist in the Springfield area of Westmoreland on Wednesday.

There has been intensified protest by residents over the circumstances that led to the death.

Twenty-three-year-old Kemar Powell, a labourer of Mooreland Hill, Westmoreland died after his motorcycle crashed during what residents say was a police chase.

It is reported that about 10:30 p.m., the police were conducting a vehicular check point when Powell was signaled to stop.

The police say he disobeyed and later lost control of the motorcycle when then collided into a utility pole.

Powell was taken to hospital where he was being treated; however, he succumbed to his injuries on Friday, January 30.

The Police High Command has expresses condolences to the family and residents.

However the police say any protest must be done in a peaceful and orderly fashion in accordance with the law.

The matter has also been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

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