Retired ACP Denies Knowledge of ‘Death Squad’ in Constabulary

A retired Assistant Commissioner of Police told the Home Circuit Court today he has no knowledge of claims that a death squad had operated within the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF.

The former ACP made the comment in response to questions this morning from the prosecution in the murder trial of Constable Collis ‘Chucky’ Brown.

Brown could be heard in a video played in court a few weeks ago telling INDECOM that a team of police personnel in Clarendon were ordered by their superiors to kill criminal suspects unlawfully.

The retired Assistant Commissioner of Police appeared in court today as a character witness for Brown.

The former senior police officer described Brown as a diligent and hardworking professional during his tenure under his command in 2003.

Following testimony from the retired Assistant Commissioner, the defence team closed its case.

Lead Prosecutor, Queen’s Counsel Caroline Hay, began her closing address to the jury.

Defence Attorney, Norman Godfrey, is to respond tomorrow.

Presiding Judge Vivienne Harris will then review the evidence heard in the trial.

The case will then be referred to the six member jury panel for a verdict.

Justice Harris has indicated that she’s likely to complete her review of the evidence early next week.

Brown is accused of murdering three men between 2009 and 2012.

Justice Harris had earlier ordered that the names of retired or past JCF members should not be published by the media during the coverage of the trial.

The judge said that she will find media who do not comply with her order in contempt of court.

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