Jamaicans for Justice JFJ, is calling for the police to be transparent in their handling of a case in which a woman died in Police lock up at the Half Way Tree Police Station, last week.
The woman, fifty-one-year-old Desrine Morris, was found dead in her cell after being arrested for outstanding warrants.
JFJ is taking issue with the police suggesting Ms. Morris committed suicide, although a post-mortem hasn’t yet been done.
Advocacy Manager at JFJ, Rodje Malcolm, says the human rights lobby — who’s providing legal representation to the family– is also concerned the family is being prohibited from identifying Ms. Morris’ body.
In a statement to the media today, JFJ says Ms. Morris’ family is suspicious of reports suggesting she committed suicide. JFJ is also calling for a speedy port mortem on Ms. Morris’ body.
The Human Rights group says it’s made preliminary arrangements for the presence of an independent pathologist in the interest of transparency.
JFJ says it has no opinion on the cause of Ms. Morris’ death. But it says it’s concerned another person has died while in the custody and care of the police.