Published June 04, 2010
KINGSTON, Jamaica – KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Human Rights Watch is calling for an investigation into allegations that Jamaican security forces executed some of the people killed in the hunt for a reputed drug lord.
The organization's Americas director says credible reports from local advocates indicate that some of the 73 civilian deaths in last week's street battles were extrajudicial killings.
Jose Miguel Vivanco said Friday that an independent investigation is needed to determine whether police and soldiers used excessive force.
The fighting began when security forces raided the West Kingston stronghold of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who is wanted by the U.S. He remains at large.
Jamaican authorities had no immediate comment.