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January 22, 2014
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Orange Villa residents protest police shooting
Diandra Grandison, Staff Reporter

A section of the roadway along Orange Street that was set ablaze during a protest by residents of Orange Villa yesterday. - Jermaine Barnaby

Residents of the Orange Villa community along Slipe Road staged a protest yesterday, following the death of a cookshop operator, allegedly at the hands of the police at his home on Monday.

The residents who were armed with placards, lit debris along King and Orange streets in downtown Kingston in a bid to show their displeasure at the manner in which 27-year-old Robert 'Nakia' Jackson was killed, as well as a comment which was allegedly made by the police.

"The police said that there was a confrontation and that was a lie. There was none and no gun was found. We want justice. We need that statement to be withdrawn. Dem kill him and he's dead! Don't defame his character," one of the protesters told THE STAR.

However, Deputy Superintendent Michael Cunningham, who was at the scene, told THE STAR that he was not aware of such a comment being made, but stated that the police will be making every effort to engage in dialogue with residents and the family of the deceased.

The sister of the deceased, Shakilia Jackson, told THE STAR however, that until the security minister or commissioner of police visits the community, the family is not interested in any discussions with the police.

Robert Jackson was killed about midday on Monday after the police were chasing a Rastafarian man and encountered Jackson, who is also dreadlocked, and opened fire on him.

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