Reprisal fears may stop Rodi­gan wake

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Corey Robin­son Staff Re­porter corey.robin­son@glean­erjm.com

REL­A­TIVES AND friends of Robert Davis, oth­er­wise called ‘Rodi­gan’, whose death has sparked panic among the Po­lice High Com­mand due to his al­leged ties with the no­to­ri­ous ‘Rat Bat’ gang in Kingston, are fear­ful that they will not be per­mit­ted to keep a wake for him this week­end.

Davis’ brother, Mark Win­ter, spent most of yes­ter­day busy­ing him­self with food, liquor, and mu­sic ar­range­ments for the wake, or ‘set-up’, planned for Sun­day.

Friends car­ried out spruc­ing-up ac­tiv­i­ties along Max­field Av­enue and put the fi­nal touches to a mu­ral of Davis on a wall not far from where he lived at the in­ter­sec­tion with Nel­son Road.

Davis was re­port­edly among four per­sons who were killed dur­ing a shoot-out at a birth­day party on Rim­pau Street in Los An­ge­les. Eleven oth­ers were in­jured in the shoot­ing, for which two Ja­maicans were held in cus­tody but later re­leased.

Days af­ter the in­ci­dent, the Po­lice High Com­mand is­sued a state­ment de­scrib­ing Davis as the main fi­nancier of the no­to­ri­ous Rat Bat gang op­er­at­ing in Ja­maica and asked for calm among his griev­ing cronies.

But yes­ter­day, Win­ter and Davis’ friends de­scribed the po­lice de­pic­tions of Davis as un­true and feared that they might be pre­vented from keep­ing the wake on Max­field Av­enue be­cause of the “lies”.

PO­LICE PER­MIT

“I hope them don’t do that. I was think­ing of ask­ing for a po­lice jeep to park up here and an­other down the road. That mean when the peo­ple them come, they feel com­fort­able,” said Win­ter.

“Base on what we have been hear­ing, we don’t know if they will give us the per­mit. But I don’t hear from any­body yet, so ... ,” con­tin­ued Win­ter, adding that he had made con­tact with a sound sys­tem, but its own­ers had re­fused to play at the wake sched­uled for Sun­day with­out a po­lice per­mit.

Sec­tions of Max­field Av­enue and its en­vi­rons are po­liced by of­fi­cers from the St Andrew North, St Andrew South, and Kingston West di­vi­sions, but this week, the di­vi­sional com­man­ders di­rected all queries on the mat­ter to As­san Thomp­son, head of the over­ar­ch­ing po­lice Area Four. None of the di­vi­sional heads re­ported any flare-up of vi­o­lence in their ar­eas of ju­ris­dic­tion, how­ever.

Calls to Thomp­son’s cel­lu­lar phone went unan­swered yes­ter­day, and a visit to his of­fice at Har­man Bar­racks in Kingston proved equally fruit­less as he was said to be away at a meet­ing.

The High Com­mand said mem­bers of the Rat Bat gang were plan­ning to carry out co­or­di­nated at­tacks on mem­bers of the Rasp­berry Gang, whose leader, Aaron Thomp­son, also called ‘Birdie’, is be­lieved to be be­hind Davis’ killing. Po­lice said mem­bers of both gangs have been fight­ing for turf.

I was think­ing of ask­ing for a po­lice jeep to park up here and an­other down the road. That mean when the peo­ple them come, they feel com­fort­able.

JERMAINE BARN­ABY/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Men car­ry­ing out work on a wall along Max­field Av­enue on Thurs­day in prepa­ra­tion for a wake for Robert Davis, oth­er­wise called ‘Rodi­gan’.

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