Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Police Reforms and Awaits Further Details of Plans


A disturbing – almost surreal – incident took place recently that left us all shocked and deeply confused. Two civilians – including a man at a dance, whose murder apparently sparked the chain of events, and a driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time – as well as one police officer, … More Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Police Reforms and Awaits Further Details of Plans

Families of Victims of Police Brutality Call for Justice


Another International Day passed without much comment from anybody on the island. I should have posted this last Friday, March 15, which was the actual date of International Day Against Police Brutality. It raises awareness of an issue that persists (and in many places is actually worsening) in developing and developed countries. According to the Independent … More Families of Victims of Police Brutality Call for Justice

Jamaicans for Justice Addresses Reports Regarding Andre Smith


Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) responds to complaints of human rights violations. This is their work. Mr André Smith, who had filed several complaints to JFJ, INDECOM and the Police Inspectorate of the Constabulary regarding alleged harassment, unlawful detention and more, was one of two armed men who was shot dead by a licensed firearm holder … More Jamaicans for Justice Addresses Reports Regarding Andre Smith

Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 2: Police Harassment Leading to Suicide Attempts


Here is another case – this time of alleged harassment of a Jamaican citizen by the police – that Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has been pursuing for some time. Keep up the good work, JFJ. We must continue to be vigilant and to ask questions whenever and wherever necessary. Human rights is a very fragile … More Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 2: Police Harassment Leading to Suicide Attempts

Caribbean Tales Film Festival: A Short Jamaican Documentary, “The Incursion”


“The Incursion,” a 24-minute documentary directed by Jamaican Sasha-Gay Lewis, has been selected for the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, which opens in Toronto next week. It will be aired alongside two shorts that I have already reviewed, as well as Kaneal Gayle’s documentary Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, on September 19th under the heading Redemption Tales. If you are … More Caribbean Tales Film Festival: A Short Jamaican Documentary, “The Incursion”

The JCF and Accountability: A Policeman Speaks Out; and Three Opportunities For Change


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Listen to Nationwide News Network’s special report “Hidden Culture”. It is narrated by Nationwide’s Marjorie Gordon and centres on an interview with a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). It is a chilling account of the ways in which extrajudicial killings are carried out and…

INDECOM Act Must be Reformed as Soon as Possible, Says Jamaicans for Justice


Is the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which investigates police abuses, now in a kind of legal limbo? I had clearly not been paying attention, but a Court of Appeal ruling last week caught me by surprise. INDECOM’s Statement “accepted in part” the Appeal Court ruling (a split decision), and I am not sure whether they will … More INDECOM Act Must be Reformed as Soon as Possible, Says Jamaicans for Justice