Ja­maican Cops Charged in School­girl Shoot­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The po­lice of­fi­cer who fired the shot that hit a school­girl in the head last month has been charged with wound­ing, while four other cops who were with him at the time have been ac­cused of mis­con­duct in pub­lic of­fice.

All of them, Cor­po­ral Kirk Haye, Cor­po­ral Shawn Abra­hams, Con­sta­ble War­ren Ram­say, Con­sta­ble Damion Gille­spie, and Con­sta­ble Archibald Wright, were re­leased on bail when they ap­peared in court on Thurs­day.

The In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion of In­ves­ti­ga­tions (INDECOM) charged the five of­fi­cers who are all at­tached to the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force’s Mo­bile Re­serve Di­vi­sion. Haye was charged with wound­ing with in­tent and fail­ure to fur­nish INDECOM with state­ments. The other four are also ac­cused of fail­ing to fur­nish the Com­mis­sion with state­ments as well as fail­ing to an­swer ques­tions at an in­ter­view.

Haye has been re­leased on J$1 mil­lion (US$7,902) bail, while Abra­hams, Gille­spie, Ram­say and Wright were all granted bail in the amount of J$500,000 (US$3,951).

The of­fi­cers had to sur­ren­der their travel doc­u­ments and stop or­ders will be placed on them at all ports of en­try and exit. They are also to re­port to the near­est po­lice sta­tions to their homes three days a week.

INDECOM launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing, fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent which oc­curred on June 30 at ap­prox­i­mately 7:15 a.m.

Re­ports in­di­cated that a man who was trans­port­ing stu­dents of Con­vent of Mercy Acad­emy and St. Ge­orges Col­lege in an il­le­gal taxi was stopped by po­lice and the law­men opened fire. One of the stu­dents was hit in the head. The girl had to un­dergo emer­gency surgery at the Kingston Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal and is said to be re­cov­er­ing after be­ing re­leased from the In­ten­sive Care Unit.

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