One-hundred-and-twenty-seven Jamaicans have been allegedly killed by the police between January 1 and June 30 of this year. Data from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) show that 48 of the killings were committed from April to June.
This represents a sharp decline when compared to the 79 killed between January and March. The police killings over the first three months of the year created alarm after it was revealed that there was a 15 per cent increase over the similar period last year. According to INDECOM, in the last 15 years, Jamaica has been averaging 200 security force-related fatalities annually. INDECOM is currently in charge of more than 1,600 ongoing investigations into allegations of abuse by agents of the State.