Cop cleared

Police constable exonerated in shooting death

Two years after 27-year-old Jamar Maynard bled to death after being shot by a police officer, the cop who pulled the trigger has been cleared of any criminal responsibility.

    But Maynard’s family members and their lawyers, David Comissiong and Ajamu Boardi, have served notice that they will take the matter further to ensure the officer is made to answer for the shooting.

“We are committed to using all the legal channels available to us, to ensure that this happens. This, I can assure you, is not the end of this matter,” Comissiong declared after Coroner Manila Renee ruled that the shooting was lawfully done while the officer was executing his duties on
April 3, 2012.

Renee handed down her decision in the presence of the dead boy’s mother Deborah Maynard, his uncle Trevor Maynard who travelled from the United Kingdom for the decision, and the police constable himself.

Maynard was shot in the arm that night and died in the early hours of that morning as a result of massive blood loss.

Testimony led by police witnesses in the inquest indicated that Maynard, formerly of Denton Road, Grazettes, St Michaelwas shot by Constable Drakes who was on foot patrol with Constable Godwin Charles along Cheapside in The City.

They said Maynard was one of two men confronted and subdued by the officers. According to the evidence, Maynard subsequently pulled a gun and was shot by Drakes before running from the scene.

Renee ruled that Maynard contributed to his own death.

“It is not contested that Jamar fled the scene. It was his own action substantially, [that] led to his own demise. The medical practitioners were not negligent,” she said, adding that the doctors’ testimony, taken together with the evidence of the pathologist and the poor quality of other witnesses helped to lead her to that conclusion.

Even though the coroner assessed some police evidence as suspect, she considered the testimony of the civilian witnesses to be of a much poorer quality, particularly Carmi Williams who was with Maynard on the night of the incident.

After the ruling, Comissiong told reporters he would be pursing all legal avenues to ensure the police officer who killed Maynard has a case to answer for his actions.

“Having heard and considered all the evidence in this coroner’s inquest, we remain firmly of the view that the officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force who shot Jamar Maynard through the back of his left arm, causing him to bleed to death, should be required to defend and justify his actions, before a judge and jury at the criminal  assizes,”
he insisted.

“We Barbadians must insist, that all persons who hold or wield power in our society, must be held accountable for how they use that power. No one is above the law.”

The deceased’s uncle, Trevor Maynard, who lives in the United Kingdom, also said he would do the same.

A visibly upset Deborah – the deceased’s mother – insisted that she would continue to fight because “I want justice for my son.”


19 Responses to Cop cleared

  1. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne May 31, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Leave them n Gods hands he knows the truth

  2. Marcus Skeete
    Marcus Skeete May 31, 2014 at 7:24 am

    “We Barbadians must insist, that all persons who hold or wield power in our society, must be held accountable for how they use that power. No one is above the law.” …..Thank you so much Mr. Commissiong, majority of these policemen certainly believe that they’re above the law and that they have the right to wrongfully mistreat and abuse citizens. How I see it is, they are merely security guards of the law…but it is the way our law system is set up that the issues arise. Now, no person is saying that the deceased is right/wrong for his actions but don’t make it seem that what the policeman did was the best form of action!

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley May 31, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Is this the same Mr Comissiong that wanted Jeremy Clarkson banned from the island ? if so jackass comes to mind !!

    • Marlissa Matthias
      Marlissa Matthias May 31, 2014 at 8:38 am

      yea Marcus you should have followed the case before making such statement, it appears as though the lawman defended himself……

    • Keikei Shaw
      Keikei Shaw May 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

      his friend did not deny d fact that he had a fire arm so yes he defended himself

  3. Kamio Williams-Holder
    Kamio Williams-Holder May 31, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Is this mother for real? I mean if she had taken the time out like she want justice for your son an bring him up right maybe just maybe he will be here today. …… just saying

  4. King Julian
    King Julian May 31, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Guess they would give him a medal? An how could they let him bleed out? Y’all sed he was shot in the arm. So he shouldn’t have died from that being subdued as y’all say.

    • Keikei Shaw
      Keikei Shaw May 31, 2014 at 10:11 am

      yea he was shot in the arm but can u conclude that just maybe it hit an artery? and for the record the arms does carry arteries, with that being said hitting an artery gives u a maximum time of 2 to 3 mins b4 u r DEAD

    • King Julian
      King Julian May 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

      So wen he ran off he could of been already dead wen found by the cops rite??

    • King Julian
      King Julian May 31, 2014 at 10:41 am

      So wen an artery is hit wat can be done to save time n lost of blood until the proper care can b ministered ?

  5. Kamio Williams-Holder
    Kamio Williams-Holder May 31, 2014 at 7:54 am

    King Julian it say he run way so how can somebody let him bleed out but his self?

    • Marlissa Matthias
      Marlissa Matthias May 31, 2014 at 8:35 am

      omg she not serious, i really thought the police shot him because they wanted to, the police was defending himself, wonder if he had gotten the chance to pull the trigger what she would have been saying then smh this society just corrupt.

    • King Julian
      King Julian May 31, 2014 at 10:26 am

      So kamio. Did the officer find him dead after he ran off?

    • King Julian
      King Julian May 31, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Weather the guy is a criminal or not I don’t know. Or do I care. But that’s his mom wat y’all expect,c’mon ppl she is gona say the shouldn’t have kill him obviously.

  6. Ashantia Howard
    Ashantia Howard May 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

    this is a good result, its time we turn the tide on these criminals who feel they can do whatever they want and the police have to bow to them

  7. Michael Blair Blenman
    Michael Blair Blenman May 31, 2014 at 9:05 am

    this sounds like the old i know my son was in folly but they shouldnt have killed him so story. The way the coroner concluded here this case closed . sounds like d lawyer trying to tek some more of his uncle money thats all

  8. Bajanboi Williams
    Bajanboi Williams May 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    The police have a responsibility to save his own life as well as other citizens

  9. Neval Greenidge December 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    As expected there are some emotions running a little thing that is being over looked is that the police office having been confronted by a subject with a firearm tried to disable to avoid being injured himself. Had he been reckless and as irresponsible as some are trying to making him there is no way that shot would have been in his arm.
    Our standard of policing continues to be of a very standard and all police officers are held accountable for their actions. The one thing that I can proudly say of the RBPF is that the Admistration has been consistent in the thorough way if investigates all criminal reports made agains police officers without bias..
    As a former police officer who was also unfortunate enough to have come face to face with a notorious criminal pointing a gun into your face it is one of the most frightening experiences in any police officer’s life. this young police officer acted quite maturely and it’s just that the young man was unfortunate to have bled to death..and finally I can speak for many of my former colleagues here in Barbados that none of them find any pleasure in hurting anyone farless kill as that is the way they are trained and we are fortunate to have a police department with a small exception of very fair,firm fearless and committed men and women….
    We understand the hurt of the family and it is their right to peruse the matter as they see fit as no one wants to have their son or daughter hurt or killed this way. We must not rush to judgement but respect the law and peruse to the bitter end with respect for all….

  10. Winston Brathwaite December 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    That is y police do wat they feel like in Barbados because wen they’re wrong ppl like some of wana so does make them feel rite, I wonder if it was any of y’all relatives how wana so would feel?


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