Maxfield Ave Residents Protest Teen’s Killing by Police

Residents of a section of Maxfield Avenue in lower St. Andrew are calling for an end to what they describe as extrajudicial killings by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) when policing their community.

The residents demonstrated yesterday and this morning following the killing of 16-year-old Ronaldo Smith also known as Raheem.

Smith was shot and killed by the police on Raphael Street — off Maxfield Avenue — yesterday. Residents then set fire to debris and blocked Maxfield Avenue.

Our news team visited the area this morning where one resident, Althea Ramsey, says her son was killed in a similar manner last year. She’s demanding better policing.

For Ms. Ramsey, the killing of Ronaldo Smith leaves her with a sense of déjà-vu. She told our news team that less than a year ago, members of the JCF killed her son.

Ms. Ramsey claims the police also planted a gun on him.

Ms. Ramsey says the police should treat people in inner-city communities better when carrying out their operations.

When our news team visited the Maxfield Avenue area the roadblocks where cleared. But, residents were bearing placards demanding help from Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Ronaldo’s stepfather dismissed claims that his stepson was a gunman.

Assistant Superintendent of Police attached to the West Kingston division of the Constabulary’s Community Safety and Security Branch, ASP Noel Daley, says the authorities will conduct a thorough investigation.

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