The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is sounding the alarm over an increase in the number of civilians killed by members of the security forces between January and September this year when compared to the corresponding period in 2019.
In its latest quarterly report, INDECOM said that 84 Jamaicans were killed by members of the security forces up to the end of September, a 25 per cent increase over the same period in 2019, when 67 were killed. For all of 2019, the police and military shot and killed 86 civilians, reportedly during confrontations.
INDECOM Assistant Commissioner Hamish Campbell said that the data shows that in the last two months, there has been a noticeable spike in the number of fatal shootings involving the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).
“We have observed a greater police and JDF engagement, encountering armed criminals brazenly committing armed robberies, and persons being shot in front of them, and gunmen being intercepted,” he said.