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POLICING: Taking stock of the number of suicides in the lock-ups – By Yvonne Sam

“Something is rotten in the Police Force of Guyana”– Would lawsuits be the ultimate path to custodial reform?

— By Yvonne Sam

Once again the ranks have found themselves in a mire, or ( more aptly put) hell fire due to the recent death in Blairmont Police Station lockups of Chandatt Yodha, a 49 year old West Berbice fisherman. The deceased had been arrested earlier that day, and detained on a charge of alleged mistreatment of his wife and unruly behavior.

According to police report, the victim was alone in his cell and his underwear was used to bring about the untimely demise. Premature deaths of individuals in police custody are without doubt tragic occurrences.  From a moral stance, it is utterly heartbreaking to the family of the victim(s), and concomitantly heightens suspicion as to the conduct of police, operating in an already -existing climate of public mistrust.    Continue reading

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