In May 2010, New York prosecutors issued an extradition request for
Jamaican Kingpin Christopher Coke – gangster to some, local hero to others.
The search for Coke triggered a government crackdown on the neighborhood of
Tivoli Gardensin Kingston, leaving 73 civilians dead in a span of just a
few days. Their families continue to fight for justice and accountability,
despite Jamaica’s long record of police violence and government corruption.
Today we bring you a documentary on police violence in Jamaica.
Special thanks to Jamaicans for Justice and University of California at
Berkeley’s Human Rights Center and the European Union.
Paulette Wellington, Mother of Sheldon Wellington, Earl Witter, Jamaican
Public Defender, Carolyn Gomes, Jamaicans for Justice, Susan Goffe,
Jamaicans for Justice, Monica Williams, mother of Jason Smith and Activist,
and Dr. Ademola Odunfa, Kingston Hospital
*For More Information:*
Jamaicans for Justice
Jamaica Human Rights
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jamaica
*Articles and Books:*
Jamaica must tackle shocking wave of police killings
A Case Built in New York Against a Jamaican Kingpin
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Jamaica Report:
Amnesty International Report 2003 – Jamaica
Amnesty International May 27, 2010, calling for an investigation:
Jamaican Forces Accused of Killing Unarmed Men, New York Times
January Jamaica Gleaner article on Witter’s investigations: