The 24 killings of civilians by police so far for the year have left director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Gillian Lucky and her organisation “very concerned” so much so that in two days she is expected to meet with acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams.
Lucky revealed this during a telephone interview yesterday afternoon.
“The PCA is very concerned about the number of police killings of civilians. I even raised this concern about two weeks ago, in prior discussions. Since then I have spoken to the Police Commissioner and will be meeting with him on Wednesday. When I have completed that meeting, where I also plan to address among other things the number of police killings of civilians, and more importantly the status of each of those matters, I intend to hold a press conference. I will then discus the recommendations that I would have made by then to the acting police commissioner, including the protocols that the PCA expects him to implement when it concerns his investigations,” Lucky explained.
When asked if the authority had received official reports regarding the killing of 21-year-old Chaquille McCoy on Thursday, Lucky revealed that she had not received any report from his family members on the incident.
Despite this, she said the PCA had observed the reports in the media and had determined that the matter was within the remit of the authority and, as such, it had already begun gathering evidence independently in that matter.
McCoy was killed on Thursday morning during an incident with North Eastern Division Police. According to police reports, McCoy was part of a group of men who engaged in a shoot-out with officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force on Thursday morning. The men, police said, were all armed with firearms and allegedly en route to the home of murder victims Jadel Holder, nine, and Jamal Braithwaite, 15, along Petunia Avenue, Morvant.
At the time, Minister in the Ministry of the People, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, was scheduled to visit relatives at the home, and it was reported that the intervention of the officers may have saved several lives.
However, Morvant residents have denied this claim, insisting the officers killed McCoy in “cold blood” in full view of several people. See Page 20