Protests grip Cockburn Pen amid fresh allegations of police brutality

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), who residents have implicated in an alleged shooting this morning in Cockburn Pen, are on the scene at the Waltham Park/Hagley Park intersection amid protests that have brought traffic grinding to a halt. (Photo: Twitter @Owen05437732)

Residents in the Cockburn Pen community in St Andrew have taken to the streets after a man was allegedly shot and killed by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Friday morning, June 5.

Details are unclear, however, BUZZ understands that the police were conducting a patrol in the community when the 30-year-old man was shot.

Amateur video footage shows police officers throwing the man’s lifeless body in the back of a service vehicle.

Shortly afterwards, the residents began blocking busy Waltham Park and Hagley Park Road intersection—utilising the debris from the road works as well as old refrigerators.

Photo: Joseph Wellington, for the Jamaica Observer

Other videos show a vehicle on fire.

Traffic has been brought to a standstill in all four directions.

The police are on the scene attempting to quell the unrest. More information later.