The murder of the female ‘copper’ was felt across the Island. The United States American Embassy on the Roc paid tribute. Now we are told one of the suspect’s died while in Police custody. I ask the uncomfortable question here, who are the mourners on this one?
Each day we depart our households facing our reality that on the Roc with the spate of killings that are not being contained, today could be our last day. The stresses of life that many find unbearable to handle leaves a fair amount on the edge of suicide, or suffering failing health as a result of chronic diseases. Reading the written press or watching the media on television, you are overwhelmed with the deaths, economic hardships and untimely deaths of more than a few. Persons close to us we hear suffering serious health crisis, and with all the abovementioned, there are those of us that must find the balance in our lives despite the odds we face. So tell me, outside of the family and friends of this latest deceased, who amongst the citizens of this country will mourn this death?
Human Rights may jump on this as they are charged to carry out their own mandate for which they are compensated; however, I hardly think the JCF high command has neither time nor effort to invest on this matter. The unsolved murder cases, current and crime prevention initiatives are awfully more time consuming I would think. Where does that leave us? In a state where we must face the reality that regardless of the circumstances, tomorrow is guaranteed to no one so equip yourself mentally for all eventualities, and find that balance in your life daily.
Suspect in cop’s killing dies in police custody, Commissioner orders probe
(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, August 01, 2015 | 10:43 AM
Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has ordered a probe into the death of a prisoner who was being held at the Hunts Bay Police Lock-up.
Dead is 29-year-old Marlon Cherrington, otherwise called ‘Kemar Anderson’, of Kidd Lane, Kingston 11. He was being held at the lock-up in relation to the brutal slaying of woman Constable Crystal Thomas.
Thomas was gunned down on her way from work on a public passenger bus along Spanish Town Road in Kingston, three weeks ago.
The commissioner has requested the urgent completion of internal investigations into the circumstances that led to the serious injuries sustained by Cherrington, and has stated that, “the Jamaica Constabulary Force has been cooperating fully with INDECOM to ensure the speedy completion of all aspects of this investigation”.
“The police have a responsibility to protect all persons within its custody, and any failure to give full protection to individuals in our custody is a serious violation of our duty to ensure the safety of persons in police lock-ups,” the commissioner said.
He said that although stricter measures have been implemented in lock-ups across the island to improve the conditions under which detainees are held, the death of Cherrington highlights the need for the urgent implementation of additional measures, including the expansion of a programme to install CCTV cameras in all lock-ups.
“This will ensure greater transparency and accountability for police actions,” Williams said.
The commissioner has also requested the support of the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice to convene an early meeting with human rights representatives to review the implementation of recommendations to improve the treatment of persons being held in the custody of the police.
In the meantime, the commissioner has expressed deep regret over the death of Cherrington.