The five cops in Jamaica that were taken into custody on a case that involved a school girl being shot in the head last month were all charged. The cop who was responsible for firing the shot was charged with wounding, while the other four officers were accused and penalized for misconduct in public office. The officers Corporal Kirk Haye, Corporal Shawn Abrahams, Constable Warren Ramsay, Constable Damion Gillespie, and Constable Archibald Wright, appeared in court and were granted released on bail. However, they are not permitted to leave the island while the court still decides their final charges.
On Wednesday last week, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) issued charges to the five officers who are all linked to the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Mobile Reserve Division. According to a report, further details of Haye’s charge state that he was held accountable for wounding with intent and failing to provide INDECOM with statements. As for the other four, they were accused of failing to issue statements to the Commission, in addition to failing to answer questions that were asked during in their interrogations.
While Abrahams, Gillespie, Ramsay and Wright were all granted bail in the amount of J$500,000 (US$3,951); Haye was required to pay up J$1 million (US$7,902) to be released. As they roam on bail, the officers were instructed to give up their travel documents. Stop orders were also put up for each of they at all ports of entry and exit and they must report to the police station nearest to their homes three days a week.
Subsequent to the incident occurring at around 7:15 a.m. on the 30th of June, INDECOM immediately launched an investigation. They found out that an illegal taxi man who was transporting students of Convent of Mercy Academy and St Georges College was stopped by lawmen who opened fire. In the event, one of the female students was struck in her head. The girl had to undergo surgery at the Kingston Public Hospital and is said to be recovering after being released from the Intensive Care Unit.