Family: Jason Forbes Dies on Floor of Jamaican Hospital After Workers Ignore Cries for Help

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Family:  Jason Forbes Dies on Floor of Jamaican Hospital After Workers Ignore Cries for Help

HORROR:  The family of Jason Forbes are blaming his untimely death of the floor of the Spanish Town Hospital Tuesday night, on the hospital’s negligence.

Here’s more from the Jamaica Observer:

JASON Forbes seemingly foresaw his death while lying on the floor of the Spanish Town Hospital Tuesday night, complaining about a pain in his stomach and pleading for assistance from health care workers.

When his name was eventually called on Wednesday morning and a security guard lifted him from the floor onto a wheelchair, he was dead.

“Mi belly ah hurt mi, unnu help mi nuh, unnu a guh mek mi dead,” Forbes, the father of a 13-year-old daughter, pleaded on Tuesday night, according to his sister Carmen Gunn.

His 76-year-old mother, who spent the night at the Spanish Town Hospital with Forbes waiting for him to be attended to, also tried to get some assistance for him, but was repeatedly told to sit down.

Gunn told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that, after getting to the hospital, some time after 7:00 pm, her mother was told to get Forbes registered, which she did. Gunn said that after her mother registered Forbes they sent her back out with him.

This is the latest controversy to engulf the island. This comes months after Mario Deane died after being beaten by inmates while in custody at a police station in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Dr. Michael Baden to Perform Autopsy on Mario Deane Who Died in Police Custody

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Dr. Michael Baden to Perform Autopsy on Mario Deane Who Died in Police Custody

Famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will perform an autopsy on Mario Deane, who died while in police custody at the Barnett Street Police station in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The family of the slain man postponed the autopsy until they could retain the services of an independent pathologist.

Dr. Baden told reporters at Donald Sangster International Airport, “I am concerned about deaths in police custody,” the Jamaica Observer reports.

Baden continued, “We have had a serious problem in the United States, and I have been involved for 35 years in investigating deaths through actions in police custody. And the [relatives] here are very concerned about the death of their son, and I think that’s a legitimate concern, and [I am going to] try and see if I can provide any answers as to what happened.”

Mario Deane was severely beaten by fellow inmates after he was arrested on Aug. 3 for possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was allegedly denied bail after he was overheard voicing his dislike of the police. Deane was later taken to Cornwall Regional Hospital, where he died three days later, after he was allegedly beaten by inmates.

The police initially told doctors at the hospital Mario Deane had fallen off a bunk. Clearly that was far from the truth. Six police officers have been suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation. The beating death sparked widespread protests in Montego Bay, as many demanded the truth.

6 Cops Suspended Over Beating Death of Inmate Mario Dean at Montego Bay Police Station

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6 Cops Suspended Over Beating Death of Inmate Mario Dean at Montego Bay Police Station

JAMAICAN POLICE BRUTALITY:  Six Jamaican cops were suspended for the beating death of an inmate, Mario Dean, on August 6 at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay.

The officers, all connected to the Barnett Street station, were suspended after a probe into the beating death by the Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The Police High Command said two of the suspended are police corporals, one a police constable and the three others are district constables, the Jamaica Observer reports. The officers were all on duty when Mario Dean was beaten by prisoners in his cell on August 3.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Glenmore Hinds released a statement (H/T Jamaica Observer):

“We are urging citizens to remain calm and are appealing to relatives to support the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and Police investigators in their probe.  We are assuring the citizenry that the JCF recognises the duty of care and we will be unrelenting in this regard, especially as it relates to persons in our custody,” said Acting Commissioner Hinds.

Mario Dean, 31, was arrested on August 3 for marijuana possession at his home in Rosemount, St. James. He was later transferred to a local hospital after the beating, where he died.  My guess is that the Jamaican police have more on their hands than to arrest someone for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Businessman Clifford Brandt Among Inmates Freed in Armed Haitian Prison Break

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Businessman Clifford Brandt Among Inmates Freed in Armed Haitian Prison Break (Map Credit: Wikipedia)

Gunmen attacked Haiti’s Croix-des-Bouquets prison, freeing an unknown number of inmates, including Clifford Brandt, a prominent businessman who has been jailed since 2012 for kidnapping two kids.

Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said the raid was aimed at freeing Brandt. He also said two guards suffered bullet wounds in the attack who occurred beforre noon on Sunday.

The Haitian government is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the re-arrest of Clifford Brandt. The prison was built in 2012 with assistance from Canada to replace a prison destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

2 Dead, Others Wounded in Drive-By Shooting at Curacao International Airport

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2 Dead, Others Wounded in Drive-By Shooting at Curacao International Airport

SHOCK: Two people were killed, several others wounded in a drive-by shooting outside the arrivals area at Curacao International Airport late Tuesday.

There are reports one of the deceased was from the Buena Vista neighborhood of Curacao.  Police has not released any further information into the shooting.

 

6 Injured, 1 Critical, After Gunfire Erupts at Houston Caribbean Festival

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6 Injured, 1 Critical, After Gunfire Erupts at Houston Caribbean Festival (Credit: HCF)

Six people were injured after gunfire erupted early Saturday at the Caribbean festival in south Houston. One person is said to be in critical condition.

Houston police said in addition to the four men hurt in the shooting, two women were hurt in the stampede for the exits following the attack.

The Jouvert Festival party, which was a part of the month-long Houston Caribbean Festival, was held at the San Miguel Arena and was set to run until 6 a.m. Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The gunfire erupted shortly before 2 a.m. when someone fired into the crowd.

 

TRAGEDY: 9-Year-Old Twin Brothers Brandon and Brayden Jones Killed in Montego Bay Floods

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TRAGEDY: 9-Year-Old Twin Brothers Brandon and Brayden Jones Killed in Montego Bay Floods

MONTEGO BAY FLOODS:  Nine-year-old twin brothers, Brandon and Brayden Jones, of Cornwall Courts, washed away in flood waters in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The bodies of the boys were found Tuesday morning.

The Jamaica Observer reports Brandon and Brayden Jones were returning home from Green Pond Primary, when one of them fell into a drain near their home. His brother attempted to rescue him and was also swept away.

[UPDATE:] Brandon and Brayden Jones were buried on Sunday, June 1. What’s despicable is that there is a picture circulating on Facebook of the twin brothers in their casket. Is there nothing that’s sacred and private in this social media age? Some things should be off limits. There is also a picture of the twins’ dead bodies circulating. It’s just reprehensible.

Haitian National, Jean Lounis, Killed by Mob in Dominican Republic for Allegedly Stabbing Daughter

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Haitian National, Jean Lounis, Killed by Mob in Dominican Republic for Allegedly Stabbing Daughter

MOB JUSTICE: Police say a Haitian man, identified as Jean Lounis, died after being attacked by a mob in Santo Domingo. He allegedly stabbing his 4-month-old daughter during an argument with the baby’s mother, Patricia Philomar, late Saturday.

When the mother ran away to call police, Lounis allegedly stabbed his daughter and carried her outside by one leg. The police released a statement saying neighbors beat Lounis and stabbed him in the neck.

The toddler is in critical condition in intensive car. Jean Lounis died Sunday morning.

 Haitian National, Jean Lounis, Killed by Mob in Dominican Republic for Allegedly Stabbing Daughter

Dominican Republic Reports 17 Confirmed Cases of Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Illness

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Dominican Republic Reports 17 Confirmed Cases of Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Illness

The Dominican Republic released figures on a new mosquito-borne illness, chikungunya, that seems to be spreading in the Caribbean. The DR reported there are 17 confirmed cases and 767 suspected cases of chikungunya, with the suspected number of cases in the Caribbean rising about 20 percent in the week to 29,760.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released a report on the 16 communicable disease threats, including the first case counts for chikungunya. The disease was first discovered in 2013 in Saint Martin and has since spread across the Caribbean.

Chikungunya is carried by the Aedes aegypti, the Yellow Fever mosquito. The University of Florida reports that the Aedes aegypti is found in 23 states.

 Dominican Republic Reports 17 Confirmed Cases of Mosquito Borne Chikungunya Illness

Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell Gets 18-Month Ban for Doping

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Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell Gets 18-Month Ban for Doping (Credit: Olympics.org)

Jamaican sprinter and former 100-meter world record holder, Asafa Powell, was banned for 18 months over doping allegations.

Powell, 31, tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaica’s national trials last June.  He has been suspended from competing since news of his doping case broke in July.

A panel of the island’s Anti-Doping Commission announced their decision to ban Powell on Thursday in Kingston.

Asafa Powell’s ban begins from the date his sample was collected, June 21, 2013. He will be eligible to compete on December 20.

Powell, like former teammate Sherone Simpson, who is banned until Dec. 20, blamed the findings on a physiotherapist who supplied them with supplements.

 Jamaican Sprinter Asafa Powell Gets 18 Month Ban for Doping