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.