JFJ Press Release: JFJ Deems Circumstances surrounding Neville Boyd’s Death Questionable

JFJ Deems Circumstances surrounding Neville Boyd’s Death Questionable

Wednesday, July 3, 2013, Kingston, Jamaica – Neville Boyd, a 53-year-old man who lived in his family home in Tredegar Park, St. Catherine was shot and killed by the police in circumstances Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) deems highly questionable and indeed very disturbing.

Information indicates that Mr. Boyd was returning home after 10 p.m. on the night of June 15, 2013 when he was stopped by the police on Michael Manley Boulevard just before entering Spanish Town. Eyewitness accounts allege that Mr. Boyd came out of his car with his hands in the air and was then shot by the police and fell to the ground. It is further alleged that a policeman stood over Mr. Boyd as he lay on the ground and sprayed his body with bullets. The recently concluded autopsy found eleven (11) bullet wounds in his body including injuries that suggested he was shot with his hands in the air. There have been reports from the police that Mr. Boyd was killed in a shootout after he failed to stop his car which was alleged to be the same make as a car reportedly carrying persons wanted by the police. However, the car which Mr. Boyd was driving has no bullet holes or blood in it and is completely undamaged.

The family of the Mr. Boyd is deeply disturbed and confused by his death and insists he had never been in trouble with the law, never been wanted or charged for any crime, never had any suspicions of wrongdoing against him, had no police record, and was a decent, hardworking man who came from a family of successful professionals. JFJ is further troubled by the fact that we have received reports that Mr. Boyd’s son has been threatened by the police. It is also unacceptable that the police were three hours late in attending the autopsy.

JFJ will be closely following this case and sincerely hopes that the ongoing investigations by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) will uncover the truth of the circumstances under which Neville Boyd was killed, and will do so in a timely manner. We are asking anyone with information about the circumstances leading to Mr. Boyd’s death to contact our offices or those of INDECOM as soon as possible. It is critical for the processes of justice that as many of those who saw what happened to Mr. Boyd come forward and speak the truth. JFJ also calls on the Police High Command to ensure that no harm comes to Mr. Boyd’s son and other family members.

While JFJ awaits the conclusion of the investigations, we remind the police that the ‘fight against crime’ cannot be won by brutalizing and alienating Jamaican citizens. As Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us we “cannot murder murder”.