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  • The Minister of National Security, Hon Peter Bunting, MP has expressed condemnation and outrage at the vicious slaying of Constable Crystal Thomas who was murdered after being identified as a police officer.
  • Just yesterday in a statement to Parliament, the Minister expressed condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of yet another police officer who had also died in the line of duty.
  • Constable Curtis Lewis, attached to the Westmoreland Police Division, died as a result of injuries he sustained after he was hit down by a motorcycle in Westmoreland on Monday.

The Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting has expressed outrage and condemnation at the vicious murder of Constable Crystal Thomas of the Kingston West Division at the hands of gunmen last evening.

The police constable was on her way home at the end of her shift on a public passenger bus when gunmen commandeered the vehicle and proceeded to rob the passengers. Constable Thomas was shot in the head at point blank range after being identified as a police officer. “I express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Constable Thomas, and to the members of the JCF, who only the previous day lost another young constable in the line of duty.”

In a statement to Parliament yesterday, the Minister reminded the nation of “the variety of risks our security forces face each day as they embark on their duties” in paying tribute to Constable Curtis Lewis of the Westmoreland Police Division, who died from injuries after being hit down by a motorcyclist on the Sheffield main road in Negril on Monday.

While pledging the full resources of the police to apprehend the perpetrators of these unconscionable murders, the Minister is also using this opportunity to appeal to anyone with information to come forward and assist. “The police will leave no stone unturned searching for these wicked killers, said Minister Bunting. “I am appealing to the wider society to reject this culture of violence and tolerance of criminality which has become the norm in so many communities, and to cooperate with the police to bring these perpetrators to justice.  No one is safe while vicious criminals and illegal guns reside in your neighbourhood.”

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