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Friday, July 17, 2015

U.S. Supports Jamaican Law Officials After Female Constable Murdered

Through a local ambassador, Luis Moreoa,  the U.S. said that it empathized with the family of the Jamaican police constable, Crystal Thomas, who was shot dead on Tuesday in Kingston while on her way home from work.

The US government has also pledged to "stand with the Government of Jamaica against lawless criminals".
In a statement, United States Ambassador Luis G. Moreno offered "deep and sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of Constable Thomas, who lost her life in the line of duty".
"Every day law-enforcement officers across Jamaica step into the line of duty. I commend these officers and know they will continue to carry out their duties professionally and justly."
He added that, "Tragically, all too many officers as well as everyday Jamaicans have lost their lives to this senseless violence".
So what happened...
Senior Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford, who heads the West Kingston Police Division where Thomas worked for the past four years, praised residents for assisting investigators and appealed for their continued cooperation.
Ford said he expected that the probe would be wrapped up within a "very short time".
Retracing Thomas' final steps, Superintendent Lennox Harper, who is attached to the St Andrew South Police Division, said she boarded the Mandeville-bound Toyota Coaster outside the Denham Town Police Station shortly after completing her shift.
Harper said investigations revealed that shortly after the bus crossed the intersection of Maxfield Avenue and Spanish Town Road one of three men who boarded the bus, after the constable, put a gun to the driver's head and ordered him to make a left turn off the main thoroughfare.
He said the driver and conductor managed to flee the bus loaded with about 15 passengers, and it was then that Constable Thomas decided to challenge the robbers.

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