The Police are being accused of murdering a man who residents say was accosted on suspicion of being in possession of a ganja spliff.
Hype Life Magazine has learned that incident occurred last Friday afternoon in Mahoney District in Lawrence Tavern, West Rural St. Andrew.
The deceased has been identified as Garfield Coburn of Unity District.
Councillor for the Lawrence Tavern Division, the JLP’s John Myers, is alleging that Coburn was murdered.
Alleged eyewitnesses say when he was accosted by the, Coburn protested that he was smoking a cigarette and not ganja. They say he was later draped and shot dead by a policeman.
Councilor Myers says a video of the incident involving Coburn has been turned over to the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM.
After the controversial killing of Mario Deane, in August last year, National Security Minister Peter Bunting, issued a statement where he ordered the police not to seek to arrest persons in possession of a ganja spiff.
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has launched an investigation into the fatal shooting of the civilian male in Mahoney District, Lawrence Tavern, Kingston.
The deceased has been identified as Garfield Coburn, a resident of the area.
The report received from the Jamaica Constabulary Force stated that the deceased was shot after he allegedly attacked one of three police officers at a dance that was being held in the Mahoney District.
It was reported that residents who were also present at the event had Mr. Coburn in their custody after he was shot, however he was eventually handed over to the police who took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A team from INDECOM comprising investigators and forensic examiners attended the scene. The body of the deceased as well as the incident scene was processed and the concerned officers’ hands swabbed. Their weapons were taken out of circulation and packaged for submission to the Government Forensic Laboratory for analysis.
The concerned officers were also interviewed and served with notices to attend INDECOM to give their account of the incident. Further, investigators gathered information from civilian witnesses. They will be revisiting the area and incident scene in the coming days to trawl for more information and witnesses to the incident.
INDECOM is aware of the unrest that has resulted from this incident, however the Commission is encouraging the residents to exercise patience and ontinue to cooperate with investigators as they carry out the probe into this incident.