31 year old Mario Deane of Rosemount in Montego Bay Jamaica is dead. He succumbed to injuries he received at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay following his arrest on Sunday.
Many Jamaicans are upset at what appears to be a serious breakdown in Jamaican police procedure and protocol. Every time this type of tragedy occurs Jamaicans protest; some block roads, others pray, some call talk shows and complain, now Jamaicans are even signing online petitions and social media is abuzz with comments and related news.
But unfortunately, incidents similar to the Mario Deane’s case has happened before and will happen again. What will be done to prevent another tragedy?
Many call for the government and the police to be accountable. However while accountability maybe the first step, there has to be a radical change in the way the police exercises its power. There are too many things lacking in the Jamaican political system; the lack of oversight by those in authority and the lack of respect that politicians show towards ordinary citizens.
And yes that too sound like just talk but perhaps if ordinary Jamaicans demand that polticians acknowledge the real value of their vote at election time, then perhaps they would realize that they do have the power to choose who they employ.
Marcia Frazer, Deane’s mother has lost her only son and the reality of this tragedy is that a mother will only have cherish memories of her son. No matter how much we talk about Mario Deane’s death, it won’t bring back his life.
But if we actually do something now it will likely help to prevent another death.
Mario Deane’s Mother Questions Police Report On His Death | RJR News
The mother of Mario Deane, the man who died in hospital after being beaten while in custody at the Barnett Street police station in Montego Bay is questioning the police’s version of events. Deane,31, was held by the police on Sunday for marijuana possession, he was taken into custody on that day and died in hospital Wednesday. According to the police he was killed by fellow inmates during a brawl. Mario Deane’s Mother Questions Police Report On His Death | RJR News