June 3, 2024 – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) responded to and are investigating the circumstances of the death in police custody of a male detainee while at the Chapelton Police Station Lockup. The incident occurred today (June 3) in the early morning, after three o’clock.

The deceased has been identified as 33-year-old Rekema Bravo, who was taken into police custody on June 1, 2024. At the time of his death, he had been charged and awaiting his first court date.

Separate investigations into the death of Mr. Bravo will be conducted by both INDECOM and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The JCF will be conducting a murder investigation, while INDECOM will be assessing if there was any negligence in the actions of the police officers which resulted in the death of Rekema Bravo, while in their custody.

Head injuries were observed during the preliminary investigative enquiries; however, the official cause of death will be determined during the post mortem examination. Two makeshift iron weapons (shanks) were recovered from inside the cell.

INDECOM’s Central Regional Office in Manchester, located at the Unit 10, Cobblestone Professional Centre, will have oversight of this investigation.  INDECOM is requesting that relatives of the deceased contact our office for arrangements to be made to obtain relevant antecedent details and also for guidance to be given on the investigative process. INDECOM may be contacted via WhatsApp at (876)553-0000 or by calling 876-968-1932 or 876-968-8875.

Since the start of this year, INDECOM commenced investigations into nine deaths in custody incidents, of which three (3) occurred at a police station and six (6) within the precincts of a correctional institution.

At the time of this release, INDECOM was advised of a police fatal shooting incident at Mandela Terrace in Kingston. The initial reports received indicate that officers were engaged in a shootout and one man was shot, and subsequently pronounced dead at hospital. A firearm was also reported as recovered. An INDECOM team has been dispatched to conduct an investigation. This is INDECOM’s second fatal shooting investigation for the month of June. Year to date, fifty-seven (57) persons have been shot and killed.

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