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By JULIEN NEAVES Saturday, June 7 2014
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REPORT: Marsha McCoy displays the autopsy report of her son Chakiulle McCoy, 21, who was killed by police on Thursday. McCoy, according to the autopsy...
AN AUTOPSY done yesterday on the body of Chakiulle McCoy, 21, who was killed by police in Morvant on Thursday — which sparked fiery protests by residents — has revealed he died from multiple gunshot wounds to his body including his head.
His mother Marsha McCoy, holding aloft the autopsy report, called for justice for her son who she says was wrongfully killed by police, saying of the officers who shot her son, “they need to lose their badges. They feel they are above the law!”
McCoy noted that both an x-ray and autopsy were done on her son’s body and while provided with the autopsy results, was not told exactly how many times her son was shot. McCoy said she was informed by witnesses that her son was shot in the chest, ran from the police and was then shot again.
A police report stated that between 9.30 am and 10.30 am on Thursday, North Eastern Division Task Force officers were pursuing armed suspects believed to be on their way to commit a crime against a woman, whose young sons, nine and 15, were gunned down last Sunday. The officers had an exchange of gunfire with the suspects, wounding one who was taken to hospital and died. The dead man was identified as McCoy.
However, residents have angrily denied the police’s account saying McCoy who worked for a contractor, was in a drain being repaired at Mon Repos Road when officers arrived in a vehicle and shot him in front of his co-workers.
Sean Joseph, who says he is a contractor undertaking the drain repair job for the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, said McCoy was cutting steel when the police arrived and shot him down. McCoy is the 24th person to be killed by police this year. His shooting sparked angry protests in Morvant with residents setting fire to debris.
His mother yesterday dismissed allegations that her son was on his way to kill the mother of the two boys killed on Sunday, or as certain media outlets claimed, going to assassinate a Government Minister. “I don’t like these allegations,” McCoy said.
Relatives said the deceased was a DJ and a father of a six-month-old girl, Shakira. Residents and relatives described him as a respectable member of the community, who was wrongfully suspected of having a firearm on a television show, because of an altercation he had the year before. McCoy noted that her son had been held with marijuana and fined by the Court. McCoy said that she had not been contacted by the police nor the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), though she believed the PCA was looking into the matter. She was contacted by phone by MP for Laventille East/Morvant MP Donna Cox who expressed condolences and asked to meet with her.
McCoy said she next had to apply for her son’s death certificate and a funeral grant to bury him. She told the media that his name means “handsome” and even she had a hard time spelling it.ACP (Crime) Carlton Alleyne has ordered an investigation into the incident.