The sister of a man who was killed by the police on Acadia Drive in St. Andrew six and a half years ago, says she hopes her advocacy in seeking justice for her brother, leads to changes in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The woman, Simone Grant, says she also hopes her efforts empower more families to join the fight for justice in instances where their loved ones are unlawfully killed by the police.
Ms. Grant’s brother, Mathew Lee, is one of three men who were killed by the police on Acadia Drive on January 12, 2013.
She says her brother was a selfless young-man, who was doing volunteer work in the Grant’s Pen community, when he was killed by the police.
William Mitchell reports.
On Wednesday six policemen were charged with murder by the Constabulary’s Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau, I-PROB.
This following a four-year probe by the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, and a ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Ms. Grant says her family is relieved, that after more than six years the process of getting justice for her brother’s killing has commenced.
She says her family is now focused on ensuring others don’t have to endure the pain they’ve suffered.
Ms. Grant says Mathew had a giving soul.
She says in honour of her brother, her family has launched the Mathew John Lee Foundation.
In the meantime, Human Right’s Group, Amnesty International, is commending the investigative work done by INDECOM which resulted in the six policemen being charged with murder.
Elina Castillo is the Caribbean Campaigner at Amnesty International.