Inquests are needed
In the late 1970s as Coroner in the twin-Island State of St. Kitts\Nevis an Inquest was held by me into the shooting death of a civilian by two members of the police force.
In my more that 50 years of practice here in Guyana I do not recall a single instance of an Inquest being held into the deaths of the untold number of civilians shot and killed by our local police.
When I view TV from America I hear of the I. A. D, an Internal Affairs Division- an investigative arm of the police force tasked with investigating shootings and other improprieties committed by the police. Here in Guyana we have no such division. What we do have are Coroners.
Sect 2 of Ch 4:03 interprets “Coroner” to mean the magistrate of the magisterial district in which an unnatural death occurs, or, if that magistrate cannot conveniently or speedily be found or is unable to act the nearest justice of the peace who is able to act.
Sect 3 of the same Act states that every justice of the peace shall be ex officio a Coroner.
One Randy Morris was shot and killed by the police. Eye witness accounts in the newspapers report that Morris was kneeling and begging the police not to shoot him when he was shot at least seven times and suffered multiple fractures.
All our Commissioner of Police (Ag) had to say despite the fact this citizen was never convicted of a criminal offence was “that he had several criminal matters pending in the court.” May I remind the Commissioner that Morris was an innocent person…until proven guilty.
I am anxiously awaiting the holding of an Inquest into this man’s death. It seems unless this is done the police will continue to murder people with impunity.