The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, is criticising the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, for identification parade delays involving members of the police force which it says have led investigations into police misconduct to stall or breakdown.
INDECOM Commissioner, Terrence Williams, says when civilians are accused of committing a crime, the police are empowered to put the accused on formal or informal identification parades.
But, he says if a member of the constabulary refuses a formal parade, there’s no recourse for INDECOM as the JCF has been uncooperative.
Mr. Williams says INDECOM and the JCF signed the agreement in April 2018, after the Court ruled in a matter brought by the Police Federation that the oversight body can’t arrest, charge or prosecute members of the constabulary.
Commissioner Williams says there have been issues with six cases because of what he’s describing as the uncooperative nature of the JCF.
Of those cases, three are murder investigations, two matters of assault and one unlawful shooting.
Among the muder investigations are the cases of Quincy Frater, who was killed by the police in Ocho Rios, St. Ann in January last year and the alleged execution style killing of O’Neil Johnson and Ricardo Stewart by the police in Spanish Town, St. Catherine last March.
Terrence Williams, Commissioner of INDECOM, speaking at a quarterly media conference at the oversight body’s New Kingston office today.