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INDECOM raises more alarm about number of police fatal shootings

Hamish Campbell
 
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has again said it is concerned about the number of fatal shootings by the security forces.
 
Hamish Campbell, INDECOM's Assistant Commissioner, said 100 people were shot and killed by the security forces between January 1 and August 31 this year.
 
It was at 111 during the same period last year.  
 
Mr. Campbell asserted that the police continue to use excessive force in some instances, despite the 10 per cent reduction in the number of fatalities. 
 
"Last year, same period January to August, 51 people were shot and injured in addition to the 111... This year, 70 people have been shot and injured. So in fact, if you are to combine together the number of people who are killed with the number of people injured in security related shootings, there's actually a slight increase from 162 last year to 170 this year," he noted.  
 
The INDECOM Assistant Commissioner argued that the police need to find ways of addressing the issue of excessive use of force. 
 
"Retreat is not a form of cowardice. Retreat is a proper tactic to be able to address the situation and then deal with these individuals another way. That is what we need," he touted, adding that the police also need to be more disciplined in their control and use of the gun. 
 
Mr. Campbell also suggested that the use of body worn cameras will help reduce the number of fatal shootings. 
 


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