Cop says 255 persons killed in confrontations last year provoked the police
Horace Fisher, Gleaner Writer
Chairman of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson says the 255 people who were killed in confrontations last year would be alive today if they did not provoke the police.
Sergeant Wilson says the police have the authority to use lethal force to defend themselves.
Addressing a Clarendon police annual dinner and award at the weekend, Sergeant Wilson said there are those who seek to give the wrong view that the police are wantonly killing Jamaicans.
However, according to him, a closer look at the data shows that the police have acted professionally and in doing so, have saved the lives of law-abiding Jamaicans.
The police federation chairman said last year the police recovered 726 illegal guns and arrested 633 persons for various offences.
Sergeant Wilson said during the same period 86 gunmen were shot and injured after engaging the police in gun fights.
He pointed out that the same police who were attacked had turned around and assisted the victims to hospital for medical treatment.
Meanwhile, Sergeant Wilson noted that the Independent Commission of Investigations had indicated that 80 per cent of all police shootings it investigated last year were above board.
The police federation says these figures demonstrate that the police are not recklessly executing Jamaicans.
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