Jamaica court says commission has power of arrest

first_imgThree judges ruled for the commission, saying statute and common law does give it the power to arrest, charge and initiate prosecution. Their judgment says the Independent Commission of Investigations’ powers “in no way dilute” the authority of the public prosecutor.Police federation officials did not return calls asking for comment.The commission started operations in August 2010 after numerous complaints about a police agency called the Bureau of Special Investigations that was then responsible for investigating alleged wrongdoing by officers. Over the years, allegations of citizens’ rights abuses including excessive force and extrajudicial killings by security forces increased in the country of some 2.7 million people.The Independent Commission of Investigations now has a case log of roughly 1,600 cases of alleged abuses, some dating back to 2008. More than 60 percent of these cases involve allegations of fatal shootings, assault and shooting injuries.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories last_img

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