United States Civil Rights Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Jasmine Rand, has joined the legal team representing the family of Mario Deane, who was beaten in police custody and later died.
Rand who is also a contributor for The Jamaican Blogs™ was one of the lawyers who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, the black American teen who was shot dead by George Zimmerman in Florida in February 2012.
Local attorney-at-law, Miguel Lorne, who is representing the family, confirmed the details to Irie FM News yesterday(August 26).
Rand says human rights violations cannot be tolerated whether they occur in Florida, Illinois, or Montego Bay, Jamaica.
She says human rights are universal and it is not a black or white thing.
The civil rights lawyer and human rights activist says what happened to Trayvon Martin, affected Jamaicans, and what happened to Mario Deane affects Americans.
She says people must unite to fight injustice wherever it is found.
In the meantime, another attorney Benjamin Crump, who is the President Elect of the National Bar Association in the US and who also represented the family of Trayvon Martin and now represents the family of Michael Brown in Ferguson Illinois also echoed similar sentiments.
18 year old Brown was unarmed when he was shot at least six times by Ferguson police officer earlier this month.
Crump says he stands beside the family’s fight for justice and equality for their son.
He says injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and everyone must fight police brutality and misconduct that ravage the poor and oppressed in every nation.
Miguel Lorne told Irie FM News that he will be leaving the island today to get more support in the fight for justice for the family of Mario Deane.
Lorne says whether or not law enforcement directly participated in the beating, they certainly turned a blind eye to dean’s screams and cries for help.
He says when they police arrested Deane and paced him in custody they assumed responsibility for his safety.
Mr. Lorne is hopeful that Jamaicans and the international community will listen to the families cry for justice for Mario Deane.
He says the two international lawyers are volunteering to lend support to the family.
Mario Deane was beaten while at the Barnett Street police lock-up allegedly by inmates and died at hospital days later.
He was taken into custody for possession of a ganja spliff.
Six police officers have been interdicted and suspended, and two inmates charged with murder, as the probe into his death continues.
Source: Irie FM