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JFJ says some cops backing call for Ellington to resign

Published:Monday | December 9, 2013 | 8:37 AM

The Outgoing Executive Director of human rights group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), Dr Carolyn Gomes says she has been receiving support from members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force for the resignation of Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington.

Gomes says since making the call for Ellington to step aside, she has been approached by police personnel who have expressed disappointment in the commissioner’s leadership and have thanked her for pressing the matter.

Speaking during a soon-to-be published edition of The Gleaner Online's current affairs programme On the Record, Gomes, said more than one thousand people have been killed by the police during Ellington's tenure.

The JFJ head says the police clear up rate of cases has been dismal.

She has also accused the police commissioner of failing to implement key reforms to transform the police force.

According to Gomes, Ellington has to take responsibility for the failures.

The police top brass has dismissed calls for Ellington to resign.

Gomes is to leave the JFJ this month to take up the top post at the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition.


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