KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, on Wednesday ordered the transfer of all police who were involved in the fatal shooting of a man on Orange Street downtown Kingston on Monday.
Ellington issued the instruction during a high-level security meeting that was prompted by two days of demonstrations by residents from the community of Orange Villa who claim that Nakia Jackson, 27, a cook-shop operator, was killed in cold blood by the cops.
The police report that they were on patrol when they got wind of a robbery carried out by a “Rastafarian-looking” man who ran into the vicinity of Orange Villa.
They claimed they accosted a man fitting the description given to them. They alleged that the man pointed a firearm at them, which forced them to take evasive action and fire two shots in the man’s direction.
The residents mounted two fiery roadblocks on Monday and Tuesday to voice their disgust at the killing and accused the officers of lying about the incident and planting a gun on the dead man.
The disgruntled residents Wednesday demanded that the Prime Minister or the National Security Minster as well as the Commissioner of Police visit the community to hear their grouse first hand.