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I am being intimidated by police, Mario Deane's mother tells IACHR panel

Monday, October 23, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Mother of Mario Deane, Mercia Frazer, during a presentation today at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Montevideo, Uruguay, described the Jamaican police as manipulative.

“The police manipulate our justice system, they manipulate families,” Frazer said, before giving a run-down of several extra-judicial killings, one dating back as far as 17 years ago, for which the police officers have not been held responsible.

Frazer outlined the circumstances leading up to her son's death, explaining that he was locked up and denied bail because he said he did not like the police.

Deane died after a severe beating while in police custody in 2014.

She outlined to the IACHR panel that her family has since been intimidated by the police, saying that they sometimes drive by her house and even follow her around.

Frazer further lamented that cases are not being solved because lawyers are not prepared when they turn up for court and witnesses don't appear. In her son's case she said one of witnesses left for vacation a few days before the court hearing.

Frazer is with human rights advocacy group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) at the Uruguay hearing.

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