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

Jamaican Government Rebuffs Deal for Prisoner Transfers from Great Britain

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Jamaican Government Rebuffs Deal for Prisoner Transfers from Great Britain

British politicians are upset with the Jamaican government after it rebuffed the United Kingdom over a compulsory deal to send Jamaican nationals in its prisons back to the Caribbean island nation. Jamaican courts have said it would be unconstitutional. That has ticked off many in the British media.

The Jamaica Observer reports that Jamaicans make up the third largest foreign nationals in the British prisons. There are 692 men and 45 women, who make up the total number of 10,600 foreigners, from 157 countries in British prisons. The total cost to the British government is an estimated £400 million a year. 

It’s interesting to note that a voluntary agreement for prisoner transfer from England to Jamaica had been reached in 2007, but it has yet to be ratified in the Jamaican parliament. The prospects of that happening are next to nil.

Even if the British government was able to reach a deal with the Jamaican government to transfer the prisoners back to island, the question arises of whether or not those prisoners would consent to such a deal? The reality is the prisons in Jamaica are far more deplorable and harsher than the prisons in the United Kingdom. The prisoners could sue the British government under Article 3 of the Human Rights Act, claiming that they would be subjected to “inhuman and degrading treatment” if placed in prisons in their own countries.

So what’s the solution?

Last year British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that taxpayers would fund a major prison building program in poor countries such as Jamaica and Nigeria because no prisoners would choose to go to a foreign prison where conditions are far worse than that of British prisons. Cameron said, “When people are sent to prison in the UK we should do everything we can to make sure that if they’re foreign nationals, they are sent back to their country to serve their sentence in a foreign prison,” the Daily Mail reports.

Cameron added, “We should be using all of the influence we have to sign prisoner transfer agreements with those countries. Even if necessary frankly helping them to build prisons in their own country so we can send the prisoners home.” 

Sounds like a bribe to me…on both sides. The British taxpayers are footing the bill to toss the foreign prisoners out and the respective countries are getting new prisons to house these inmates.  The Jamaican government is clearly in no economic or social position to take these prisoners back. Look at the rampant crime that prisoners transferred from the U.S. has caused?

Still, it seems to me that if the British government really wanted to force the Jamaican government into action, it could by revoking visas like the U.S. government did when it sought the arrest of druglord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. Still, the relationship between the U.S. and Jamaica is different. The British government colonized and as some would say, plundered the tiny Caribbean island. This also plays into recent drive to seek reparations from the United Kingdom.

 Jamaican Government Rebuffs Deal for Prisoner Transfers from Great Britain