JFJ Press Release: Neville Boyd Post Mortem Reinforces allegations of Extra Judicial Killing

Friday, July 12, 2013, Kingston, Jamaica – The post mortem report of Neville Boyd has strongly supported suspicions of police extrajudicial killing as the cause of his death. Mr. Boyd’s body had 11 gunshot wounds, six of which indicating that he was fired upon from behind. The post mortem report also has findings which support allegations that Mr. Boyd had his hands above his head (to show that he was no threat) when he was shot in the face including that the bullet which entered through his right cheek exited through the palm of one of his hands.

Neville Boyd, was a 53-year-old man who lived in his family home in Tredegar Park, St. Catherine. He was shot and killed by the police in circumstances JFJ had deemed questionable and disturbing. 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 raised was then shot by the police and fell to the ground. It has been reported that a policeman then stood over him and sprayed his body with bullets. The CCN report, however, claims that Mr. Boyd was shot during a confrontation with the police.

As Mr. Boyd’s family and friends from home and abroad gather to bury him they demand answers as to why their loved one was gunned down by those sworn to uphold the law. They are insistent that those responsible for his death must be held accountable. The funeral will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013, 12 noon at the Greendale United Church, 7 Content Drive, Greendale, St. Catherine.

Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) is calling for speedy investigation, concluded in a timely manner, from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) into these serious allegations of police misconduct confirmed by the forensic evidence. We also implore those who witnessed the shooting of Mr. Boyd to come forward and help his family get justice. We must be our brother’s keeper if Justice for one is to become justice for all.