Police killings are usurping last year’s rate, reaching 127 for the period of January to the end of June this year.
At that rate, more than 20 people are being killed by the police every month on average this year.
According to data made available by the Independent Commission of Investigation, (INDECOM), the figure of 127 killings by police in the first six months this year, compares to 106 for the same period last year.
That means, police killings are up by more than 21 this year, compared to last year, up to the end of June.
In June alone, 33 people were killed this year compared to 18 last year.
INDECOM says it has not yet tabulated the figures for July but more than 12 people have been killed so far this month.
Among the latest being 21-year-old farmer and market vendor Christopher Hill, who was shot at the gate of a relative’s house in Brown’s Town St Ann Thursday. He died Saturday morning.
INDECOM says it is investigating the report but neither the police nor that body set up to investigate state killings have issued a statement to date.
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