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Shooting ‘lawful’

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Shooting ‘lawful’

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THE POLICE HAVE been cleared of wrongdoing in the 2012 shooting death of a civilian, Jamar Maynard.
Coroner Manila Renee said today that the officer who shot the 27-year-old Grazettes, St Michael resident did so “lawfully, in the execution of his duties”.
Renee announced her preliminary oral judgment during a presentation in the Coroner’s Court in Roebuck Street, Bridgetown, which ran for nearly four hours.
Maynard was shot late one night during an encounter with two patrolling policemen in Bridgetown. The defence claimed he was shot while trying to run away from the police, but the police officer in question, Constable Krist Drakes, said he acted in self-defence.
Maynard’s mother, Deborah, said today that the ruling was not the end of the line and that she would continue seeking justice for her son.
Lawyer David Comissiong told the media Drakes should have to “defend and justify his actions” before a judge and jury at the criminal assizes. (TY)