ST JAMES, Jamaica — Head of the St James Division Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Steve McGregor today disclosed that no permission was given for a motorcade to go through the Flanker community in St James, yesterday. “In fact, there were explicit warnings against it,” SSP McGregor said.
In a statement issued by the Corporate Communications Unit on Wednesday, SSP McGregor explained that the warning was necessary because of heightened tensions in Flanker as a result of the shooting death of two men from the community and the injury of three other people at a Jamaica Labour Party mass rally in Sam Sharpe Square on Sunday. However, this warning was not heeded and one man was yesterday killed and three other people were injured in Flanker. They were part of a motorcade on Kodak Street in Flanker. The motorcade reportedly involved Jamaica Labour Party supporters.
The deceased has not yet been identified but police say some 12 motor vehicles were damaged in the incident.
SSP McGregor advised that police intelligence assets are on the ground continuously monitoring the situation and that this information informs decisions about the granting of permission for marches and motorcades. “We are appealing to organizers and party officials to heed all instructions and warnings given in the future,” SSP McGregor said. In the meantime, the St James police are again appealing for good sense to prevail during the election campaign season.
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