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18º NORTH EXCLUSIVE: Jamaican Cops Moonlighted for Wife of Then Police Chief?
This 18º NORTH SPECIAL INVESTIGATION started in 2014, when Jamaica’s then Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, suddenly retired. His retirement came amid investigations into death squads in the police force during his tenure and also as a commission of enquiry was about to get underway into the 2010 actions of Jamaica’s security forces during a raid on West Kingston that left more than 70 people dead. The raid was connected to a hunt for now-convicted drug lord, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who, at the time, was wanted by the U.S. on drugs and weapons charges.
This 18º NORTH INVESTIGATION explores policies that Mr. Ellington enforced while he was commissioner, and questions whether his own family's business affairs conflicted with the very directives he set out for the force. Mr. Ellington is now Director of the Centre for Security, Counter Terrorism and Non-Proliferation at the Caribbean Maritime University, a government-funded institution.
Here’s our special report:
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This Documentary Features:
Jamaica’s Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington; Millenium Security’s Sherley Ellington; Anonymous Former Cop; Anonymous Current Cop; Former Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis; Former Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin.
Former and current members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force: Calbert Francis, Vendolyn Cameron-Powell, Leon Byfield, Wray Palmer, George Quallo and Justin Felice; French engineering firm Bouygues Travaux Publics’ (Jamaican branch) former employee Marc Bocqueraz; UWI’s Professor Anthony Clayton; Guardsman Group’s George Overton; Former Minister of National Security Peter Bunting; Prime Minister Andrew Holness; TVJ’s Andrea Chisholm.
Since filming, many persons interviewed are no longer in their stated positions.