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Public Defender demands police withdraw Tivoli Enquiry review report

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Public Defender, Arlene Harrison Henry: the report of the police committee has aggravated the conduct of the members of the JCF.

The Office of the Public defender is demanding the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) withdraw the report of a committee which reviewed the findings of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

The review committee has cleared the five policemen who the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry had recommended should be barred from leading future police operations because of their role in the 2010 west Kingston operation that left more than 70 people dead.

READ: JCF review body clears cops recommended not to lead internal operations again

But the Public defender, Arlene Harrison Henry says the review committee has no legal authority to act as an appellate body over a commission of enquiry.

The Public Defender has also dismissed as contemptuous some the claims of the committee members that commissioners were confused, biased and convenient in arriving at their conclusion.

READ: JCF Administrative review report

According to Henry, the Commission of Enquiry was a quasi-judicial authority that was properly constituted under the laws of Jamaica.

Harrison Henry further says the report of the police committee has aggravated the conduct of the members of the JCF during the 2010 Tivoli security operations.

JCF review panel members:
Assistant Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer (Chairman)
Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Kent Pantry
Dr. Hilton McDavid
Errol Johnson
The Revd. Canon Hartley Perrin
Senior Superintendent of Police, Andrew Lewis (Legal Counsel) 
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Wesley Watson  (Legal Counsel) 
Inspector Sharon Ranglin (Secretariat)
Sergeant Romieann Brown (Secretariat)