JFJ Press Release: Jamaicans for Justice condemns the violence that claims the lives of Jamaicans

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) extends deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Constable Lazano McFarlane who was fatally shot yesterday while on duty in the Cassava Piece community of St. Andrew. JFJ also extends sympathies to Constable McFarlane’s colleague who was shot and injured early yesterday while patrolling in Central Village in St. Catherine. Constable McFarlane, who was stationed at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Mobile Reserve, is the second police officer to be killed this year.

 JFJ recognizes that the police often have very difficult situations to handle and in instances when a police officer is tragically slain in the line of duty, both the family and the police need strong community support in facing the tragedy.  JFJ condemns the violence that plagues our nation and the individuals who perpetrate it. The loss of life of another member of the police force – or of any Jamaican citizen – due to violence is both disquieting and disconcerting.
As we await the outcome of the investigations into these shootings and deaths, we encourage communities to work with police to reduce crime and violence. The well-armed gangs exerting power in Jamaica do not offer or provide protection or justice and a united effort is required to rid the nation of their destructive influence and stem any further violence in the communities. We strongly urge anybody with information about this or any other crime to come forward to the police
JFJ is dedicated to working towards helping create a justice system that will both uphold human rights and lead to the apprehension, trial, conviction and punishment of all those who commit such heinous crimes and cause such human suffering and grief.
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