Thursday 2 July, 2020

Probe on into Jamaican’s sudden death after being arrested in Canada

Family members and friends of a Jamaican man who died suddenly after being arrested in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, are demanding justice amid an investigation into the incident by an independent body.

The deceased is Olando Brown, 32, who was arrested by Barrie police officers a week ago.

A report from the police said Brown developed a case of medical distress after being taken to a police station.

The Special Investigations Unit, Ontario's police watchdog in the same vein as the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) in Jamaica, is probing the incident, and has sought information from members of the public.

A video that the deceased man’s family has shared online, shows what appeared to be police using a stun gun on a man a number of times, and also seemingly hitting the man. However, it is not clear if the man in the video was Brown.

Last week a vigil was held in Barrie in search of answers about the Jamaican’s death.

Reports are that Barrie's police chief said police officers administered first-aid on Brown and called paramedics after he went into medical distress.

But his family remains unconvinced about the police’s claim, and has retained legal assistance to find out exactly what caused Brown’s death.

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