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Police kill over 80 people for the year

More than 80 people have been fatally shot by the police since the start of this year, with another 33 individuals nursing gunshot wounds after alleged confrontations between cops and criminals.

Four members of the police force and one member of the Jamaica Defence Force have also been killed since the start of the year.

Official figures from the Bureau of Special Investigations for the period January 1 to April 25 show 83 fatal shootings by the police, up from 76 in the corresponding period last year.

Over the same period, 515 people were murdered by criminals, reflecting a 16 per cent increase over last year.

Mind-boggling

"It is frightening and mind-boggling. It appears that we are trying to murder murder and we are yet to learn that this does not work," Dr Carolyn Gomes, executive director of Jamaicans for Justice, a lobby group which scrutinises state abuse, told The Gleaner in reaction to the figures.

"I am not saying that all fatal shootings by the police are unjustified, because they have to sometimes defend themselves and protect others, but a significant number of the shootings are unjustified and the people know and the police know," Gomes added.

She warned that every extrajudicial killing, by the police makes crime fighting more difficult.

"Every time there is an unjustified killing it distances the police from the people, and every time the system fails to credibly clear the police or credibly convict the police, it reduces trust," said Gomes.

According to the police data, detectives are yet to establish the motives for almost 70 per cent of the murders committed this year.

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Comment by jerry on May 20, 2010 at 6:18pm
look people why are you all is giveing the police bad name in jamaica some fulesh boy think they are bad and dont cair a sheet of the law and plan heat on cops and dont cair when the police try to put peace its the police that bad so hoy do you all think the cops have to handle its problem fight\ fire with fire and get them bad boys to know there is a law and you have to abide its not police going to kill people its bad boys that make it so
Comment by dao on April 30, 2010 at 4:13am
police are trained to kill everywhere
Comment by ernie on April 30, 2010 at 2:59am
and people cry about the police in the u.s
Comment by Lovesponge on April 28, 2010 at 5:44pm
I have a Jamaican friend he told me the police are trained to shoot to kill. I am not sure if that is true or not. I remember when they killed a big time drug lord in Jamaica and the residents of Jamaica burn the court and start to riot. Also some time back the criminals had a hit list of all the policemen they wanted dead or alive. May be thats why the police act the way they do.
Comment by dave wright on April 28, 2010 at 3:22pm
THEY NEED TO HAVE A NEW APPROACH TO CRIME FIGHTING POLICE MURDER VS. CRIMINAL MURDER IS NOT GOING TO SOLVE NOTHING THEY JUS LOSING TRUST IN DA INNOCENT PEOPLE OF JAMAICA SOON IT WILL BE JUS BADMAN AND POLICE LEAVE INNA JAMAICA WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS....... GOD BLESS THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA !!!
Comment by Dark Angel on April 28, 2010 at 12:07pm
What the hell,This places needs prayer..
Comment by www.jaxsprats.com on April 28, 2010 at 11:58am
no one is safe, change needs to be done immediately

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