Going forward, he said, the Andrew Holness-led government must ensure that state agencies, such as the security forces when deployed in communities to assist in corrective activities should do so within the ambit of established guidelines and duties based on training standards.
Miss Bogle, who was a disabled Jamaican, was tragically shot and killed in an incident where members of the security forces allegedly engaged gunmen in the community of August Town.
“While the investigations have commenced, we must ensure that they are thorough and transparent; so that at the end of the day, the necessary action can be taken to mitigate against another such incident. I am also using the opportunity to call on the government to ensure that the operations of the security apparatus when deployed in communities, such as August Town during this time of grave uncertainty, are focused primarily on the preservation of life despite the challenges encountered,” Mr. Jackson said.
We cannot condone acts of violence against innocent, law-abiding citizens, especially our most vulnerable, the elderly and citizens with disabilities, he emphasized.
“The protection of all citizens must be the aim, action and guaranteed outcome of all engagement by the security forces, especially as they interact with those who are vulnerable,” the shadow minister said.
Mr Jackson is reiterating a call made last week by his colleague Dr Floyd Morris, Spokesman on Social Security, who noted that Jamaica is seeing an increasing trend of violence against persons with disabilities and has called for urgent action to address the situation.
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