Killings Escalate in Areas where the SOE is over – JCF

Monday, October 19, 2020, 12:00 PM GMT-5

The figures by Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF states that killings have increased in most of the areas where States of Public Emergency was set up but has since been removed, according to the report killings were less comparatively before the removal.

According to statistics, only two police divisions of the ten, which were in a state of emergency, enjoyed a reduction in homicides by October 12.

57 days after the move was lifted to facilitate the 18th general election of the country. No action has been retaken since then. The data shows that the killings have been increased by 100% in the Westmoreland police division since the end of the state public emergency.

These are 14 murders after 57 days compared to 7 in a comparable period under improved security measures.

Similarly, St. Andrew’s South, Kingston East, and Kingston Central, St. Catherine North, and South divisions, Hanover and Clarendon saw an increase of between 5 and 83 percent.

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Only the St. James and Kingston Western police divisions are enjoying reductions of 31% and 32%, respectively.

The Commissioner of Police, Major General Anthony Anderson, noted at a media conference a couple of days ago that when the public emergency of the state ended, several of those released had either been proven to be involved in more criminal activities or were suspected.

5 of the men who were in detention has been killed so far, 4 of them were killed by other gangsters while 1 was killed by the police. 4 of the men have been re-arrested while 3 other shot and injures with 16 of the men suspected of murders including 2 double murders, 9 of the men are also suspected of carrying out shootings since their releases in under 2 months ago.

Last month, the Supreme Court announced the decision that the detention of 5 people under a public emergency was unconstitutional. Tommy Lee Sparta was released from lockup after the SOE ended as the police seemingly intended to hold him for a full possible 90days.

As a result of these recent findings, Dr. Horace Chang who is Jamaica’s Minister of National Security Minister told Nationwide News that there will be a meeting within the next couple of days to discuss the best measures to take in securing the country after which the nation will be notified.

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