One of the country’s leading criminologists, Professor Anthony Harriott, says he has no confidence the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, will act professionally and with respect for human rights under the Zones of Special Operations.
Professor Harriott’s declaration came in an interview on Nationwide @5 last evening.
He was responding to the controversial administrative review report of the JCF, which has cleared five senior officers of misconduct and dereliction of duty in the deadly 2010 West Kingston operation.
It refutes the findings of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.
The Commission had recommended that the five named policeman be barred from leading or participating in future police operations, raising questions over their conduct.
Professor Harriott was one of the three commissioners who presided over the enquiry.
He says he’s disappointed with the JCF’s review report, arguing it shows the Police Force hasn’t learned anything.
Police Commissioner, George Quallo, says he’s standing by his Constabulary’s report despite criticisms from the Public Defender, Arlene Harrison Henry and human rights groups and activists.
They’ve called for the report to be withdrawn.
Attorney-at-law for Jamaicans for Justice, John Clarke, says the JCF’s defiance is worrying as the government is soon expected to declare the first zones of special operations.
He’s also criticizing Commissioner Quallo, suggesting he’s failed to set a good example.
He says National Security Minister, Robert Montague, should ‘step in’ and address the matter.
Mr. Clarke says JFJ is also awaiting the response of Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte.
And, civil society advocate, Carol Narcisse, is also criticizing the JCF over its administrative review report.
He’s questioning how the government will be able to reassure citizens with the zones of special operations expected to be implemented soon.
Narcisse lambasted the JCF’s administrative review report, saying it’s ‘unworthy’ and ‘cowardly’.