Residents protest Portland police killing

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) is now probing the shooting death of a building contractor, who was allegedly shot and killed by the police, in the quiet community of Prospect in Port Antonio last night.

The killing of 30-year-old Dwayne Smith sparked protest among dozens of residents of the community this morning.

The protesting residents gathered at the intersection of the Prospect and the Folly main road claiming the killing took place under questionable circumstances.

A spokesperson for the placard bearing residents, who gave his name only as Clive, argued that the police acted unprofessionally, and were indiscriminate in their action.

The daughter of the deceased told the Gleaner/Power 106 news that her father was killed in cold blood by the police.

She says he was shot as he opened a door to his house at Prospect.

The incident reportedly took place shortly after 8 o’clock last night.

A representative from INDECOM, Isaiah Simms, has assured protestors that the shooting will be thoroughly investigated.

In the meantime, the police are maintaining a strong presence in the area and have arrested two male protestors, for allegedly blocking the roadway.

This is the first incident of police shooting incident in Portland since the start of 2011.

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