2,000 killed by police in 10 years

November 22, 2016
In this 2013 photo, police remove debris used by residents to block sections of roads in Petersfield, Westmoreland following the fatal shooting of three men.

Human rights group Amnesty International will launch a new report on impact of police killings in families in Jamaica.

The report, which will be launch on Wednesday, November 23, will highlight illegal tactics used by police across Jamaica to ensure the relatives of persons killed unlawfully by the police do not pursue justice for their loved ones.

Among the tactics to be highlighted is a practice by some police officers to harass persons, even during their relatives’ funerals, to try and prevent them from seeking justice. 

Jamaica has long had one of the highest homicide rates in the world. 

Police killed an average of two persons per week in 2015.  Over the past ten years, more than 2,000 people have been killed by the police in Jamaica.