Gunmen Escalate Violence as Denham Town ZOSO Scales Down

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The police say they’ve again intensified their operations in Denham Town.

Some six persons have now been killed in the Zone of Special Operations in the West Kingston community. Two of those persons were murdered on Wednesday.

Liaison Officer in the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, Inspector Dian Bartley, says the security operations were scaled down after an assessment rendered it safe to do so.

But, she says criminals found a way to invade the community and carry out the recent killings.

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Inspector Bartley says the security forces are working to ensure the community is safe once again.

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And the mother of one of the persons murdered in Golden Heights, Denham Town on Wednesday, says her son was targeted.

Shawn Gordon is the mother of twenty-year-old Taj Gordon. She says her son was targeted because he was sympathetic towards the neighboring Tivoli Gardens community.

Mrs. Gordon says since the security forces scaled down their operations last month, there’s been rampant killings.

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An emotional Mrs. Gordon is also accusing the security forces of being partisan. She says the residents of Golden Heights are living in fear.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.