Standpipe Residents Descend on Commissioner’s Office to Protest Fatal Shooting

Some twenty residents of Standpipe in Liguanea, St. Andrew, yesterday converged on the grounds of the Police Commissioner’s Office, to protest a police fatal shooting of a man in the area last week.

The residents had blocked the roads at the entrance of the community last week, following the police fatal shooting of Shai Williams.

Mr. Williams’ family and several others took to the Commissioner’s Office yesterday to continue registering their outrage.

Councillor for the Papine Division and PNP Caretaker for Eastern St. Andrew, Venesha Phillips, says the Police Commissioner met with Mr. Williams’ family.

But, Ms. Phillips says the residents were asked to leave after there was a brief stand-off.

She says the Williams’ family is calling on the Independent Commission of Investigations INDECOM, to update them on the progress of their probe into the incident.

The Councillor says the residents are also demanding that the police involved in Mr. Williams’ killing, be removed from frontline duty.

Venesha Phillips says she’s to meet with the Police High Command to discuss if that request is being considered.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson says the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, will do all that’s required to ensure the matter is properly investigated.

He gave the assurance in a statement to the media from the JCF’s Corporate Communication’s Unit last evening. He says the investigation will include an administrative review in keeping with the professional standards of the JCF.

The statement says the Police Commissioner yesterday assured Mr. Williams’ family that the matter is a priority. He says the Police officers in question are fully cooperating with the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Anderson is reminding those he leads that unprofessional conduct is unacceptable and will be sanctioned. He’s stressing that all Police personnel must avoid any form of abuse of authority when dealing with the public.

He says they must not make threats, intimidate or harass anyone in the execution of their duties.

The Police Commissioner is also reminding members of the force that the credibility of the JCF depends on its corporate image and reputation.


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