Jamaica police officers receive US training, equipment to help cut down on lethal force

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Some Jamaican police officers are taking a course with U.S. trainers to practice ways of subduing people without permanently injuring or killing them.

Twenty-six officers with the Jamaica Constabulary Force are in the course, which focuses on the use of weaponry like batons and pepper spray to avoid lethal force. They are expected to return to their divisions and train others.

There was a demonstration for government, police and U.S. Embassy officials Thursday.

Allegations of police killings have been chronic for many years in Jamaica. Rights groups charge that a culture of impunity has resulted in too many officers having a shoot-first mentality. Residents of mostly poor neighborhoods regularly protest what they say are unjustified killings by lawmen.