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JCF to minimise use of force
The Police High Command is moving to allay growing public concern about the use of force by rank and file members following the shooting incident in St Thomas in which a pregnant woman was killed and her sister injured.
With the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, reeling from the death of 25 year old Kayann Lamont in Yallahs Square, the High Command last night issued a statement.
The statement from the High Command gave the assurance that the JCF will continue to take all possible steps to minimise the use of force in its interaction with the public.
It however admitted that Saturday's incident demands that the Force reflects deeply on how its engages persons in conflict situations.
The High Command explained that almost on a daily basis, reminders of the JCF's use of force and human rights policy are repeatedly broadcast on the police radio network and reinforced in all briefings for personnel going on duty.
The statement said an administrative review of Saturday's police operation in Yallahs will be conducted on Friday.
It added that all weapons that were in possession of the policemen who were on duty at the scene have been seized and taken to the Forensic Lab for examination, and their hands swabbed.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, yesterday ruled that Corporal Dwayne Smart be charged with murder and wounding with intent in connection with the fatal shooting of Miss Lamont and the injuring of her sister.
The DPP said in light of the high publicity in the case, a voluntary bill of indictment is to be entered to have the matter proceed directly to the Home Circuit Court.
In the meantime Public Defender Earl Witter has made a recommendation for the Government to foot the bill to bury Miss Lamont.
Mr. Witter will also commence discussions today on compensation for the dead woman's family.
A request will also be made for the State to provide assistance to take care of the material needs of Miss Lamont's children.