Protest in St James over police killing of two men
Family and friends of two men who the St James police say were killed during a shootout in Chelsea, Irwin in the parish on Wednesday, mounted a massive roadblock in their community on Friday morning in protest over what they claimed to have been a cold-blooded killing of the men by the police.
The deceased men are Donrick Campbell, alias ‘Taliban’, who was reported to have been wanted by the St James police in connection with a number of murders and shootings in the parish, and Owen Jenkins.
The demonstrators used old cars, tree limbs and other debris to block off a section of the road, rendering it impassable to vehicular traffic for hours on Friday morning.
On Wednesday, the police reported that about 4:40 a.m. they went to a premises in Irwin, where they were engaged in a gunfight with men who alighted from a house on the property.
After the reported shooting died down, Campbell and Jenkins were found suffering from gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital, where they were both pronounced dead.
The police say two firearms were recovered from the scene.
But the community members contradicted the police’s report that Campbell and his cousin, Jenkins, were killed during a shootout.
Motorists heading to and from the community had to be diverted to an alternative route by the police because of the massive roadblock.
The police have since cleared the road.
Investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) have commenced a probe into the double fatal shooting by the police.