Killings by Jamaica's police down sharply, drawing cautious praise from human rights groups

December 7, 2014 4:00 AM

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Killings by Jamaica's police down sharply, drawing cautious praise from human rights groups

In this April 15, 2014 photo, Shackelia Jackson-Thomas holds up a business card decorated with a photo her late brother Nakiea Jackson who was fatally shot by police outside of his small restaurant, in Kingston, Jamaica. Jackson-Thomas' brother is one of over 2,000 citizens killed by police in the last decade. Rights groups long accused the government of fostering a culture of impunity by protecting law enforcers accused of killing suspects rather than subjecting them to the backlogged, inefficient court system. Activists are now cautiously hopeful the tide might be starting to turn. (AP Photo/David McFadden) (The Associated Press)

In this Nov. 25, 2014 photo, Sgt. Wickham Campbell, second from right, and Constable Jerome James, right, visit with a resident concerning security in his Rockfort neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaican police have often been viewed with suspicion and fear, routinely accused of indiscriminately...

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