Cabbie shot fleeing traffic authorities - former INDECOM employee fingered

December 01, 2017

A taxi operator who was shot in 2015 while fleeing from traffic authorities is worried that charges would not be pressed against the shooter.

Ray Brown* said the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) told him in a letter that the ballistic evidence matches that of a private firearm holder who was employed at the commission.

But he said that no attempts are being made to press charges against him.

"Since I get the letter, I go to the police in Constant Spring where the shooting happened. They say that them not taking a statement because mi run go to INDECOM a say a police shoot mi," Brown said.

According to Brown, on March 4, 2015, he was in a high-speed chase with Transport Authority personnel and the police in the vicinity of Manor Park in St Andrew, when the shooting happened.

 

No evidence

 

He said that while he was letting out passengers at a roundabout, he heard a barrage of bullets and moments later, realised that he was shot.

"Mi did think a police shoot mi so mi say that I am going to INDECOM," Brown said.

The letter from INDECOM to Brown said "There is no evidence to indicate that any member of the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) was involved in the shooting."

Head of INDECOM, Terrence Williams, told THE WEEKEND STAR that the shooter was not employed to the commission at the time of the shooting.

A public relations representative further explained that the shooter was employed to the Police Civilian Oversight Authority at the time of the incident and was later employed to INDECOM, but no longer has any engagement with the organisation.

THE WEEKEND STAR was told by INDECOM that the findings from its investigations have been handed over to the JCF.

However, Brown said that he is worried that the incident might be shoved under the mat.

"I want justice. The man shot mi and mi have to go to the hospital so much time and nothing naah come from it?" a frustrated Brown questioned.

*name changed

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