JFJ Press Release: Jamaicans For Justice Expresses Condolences For Family Of Slain Policeman

Jamaicans for Justice Expresses Condolences for Family of Slain Policeman

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) extends deepest condolences to the family of District Constable Luke Rhodes, who was tragically murdered yesterday in St. James. We also extend our condolences to the family of Special Corporal Charles Gordon, who was shot in downtown Kingston on January 5, and died in hospital last week. Our sympathies also remain with the families of Sergeant Huan Genus and Constable Ralston Ebanks who were violently murdered earlier this month. The loss of life of now four members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to violent crime is deeply disturbing.

JFJ recognizes the police as the first purveyors of justice whose primary responsibility is the protection of the citizens of this country. The loss of life of a member of the police force, and indeed, of any Jamaican citizen due to violent crime, is cause for deep regret.

JFJ appeals to everyone who has information which can help the police solve this latest murder, or any other to come forward to the authorities now. We must all play our part to reduce the level of violent crime in the country.

JFJ is deeply concerned about the recent upsurge of murders in the country and particularly about the number of policemen who have themselves been victims of violent crime. A way must be found to bring sanity back to our beloved island, a way which both upholds human rights and leads to the apprehension, trial, conviction and punishment of all those who, by the crimes they commit, do such damage to the fabric of the society and to Jamaica?s hopes for the future.

For more information contact:
Carolyn Gomes: (876) 755-4524-6/382-8583
Susan Goffe: (876) 815-3648/970-4224