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  1. Police included a political impacta in security operationRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Jamaica Observer

    A section tagged 'political impact' in the police's strategic plan to enter Tivoli Gardens and capture Christopher 'Dudus' Coke yesterday became an issue during the continued examination of Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds. The plan was developed by the Police High Command, with Hinds playing a critical role as part of the 'Gold Command' of senior officers who would pass it on for execution in the bid to arrest Coke.


  2. This country has done the citizens of Tivoli a disservice, says senior copRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday | Jamaica Observer

    DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Glemore Hinds said yesterday that the wider society is to be blamed for the West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens becoming an enclave controlled by criminal elements who operated it as a country unto itself. "As a country, most of us in this room - I think the only person who can claim exception is Sir David Simmons -- are a part of the problem, including the security forces," said Hinds during his second day of evidence at the Tivoli Enquiry being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.


  3. Tivoli, W'house for Ksafa U-20 titleRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 29, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    TIVOLI Gardens and Waterhouse will battle for the KSAFA/Alliance Finance/McKay Security Under-20 title at the Barbican playfield today starting at 3:30 pm. Tivoli Gardens and Waterhouse reached this stage of the competition by winning their groups, respectively.


  4. 'Bigga' Ford wants more community policing in West KingstonRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 27, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    The feared crimefighter told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that his aim is to expand on the community policing initiative successfully implemented by his Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, and to give hope to the youths in the area. "I'm focusing on hope.


  5. We demand the protection of our childrenRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 25, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    We are in grief and shock over the execution-style murder of three schoolchildren in Clarendon last Wednesday night along with 35-year-old Marquis Hamilton in the Monymusk neighbourhood. The three promising students, 14-year-old Ricardo Briscoe, 14-year-old Raymond Givans, and 16-year-old Alex Turner were made to lie face down and shot in the back of their heads by two gunmen.


  6. Post-mortem reports show 35 civilians shot in the backRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    MORTEM reports have suggested that 35 of the civilians killed during the operation to apprehend Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke in 2010 were shot in the back. The figure was cited yesterday by commission Chairman Sir David Simmons during an exchange with former police commissioner, Owen Ellington.


  7. Tivoli Enquiry: Police exercised 'considerable restraint' in 2010 operation, says EllingtonRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 22, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    KINGSTON, Jamaica Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington has said that the police used minumum force in response to the criminals who were preventing the apprehension of former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. He said that the police exercised considerable restraint in its operation, and blamed the loss of lives on crminals who barricaded the West Kingston community and opposed the police.


  8. Ellington: Greater number of casualties was anticipated in 2010 operationRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    FORMER Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington says that it had been anticipated that a greater number of civilians and members of the security forces would have lost their lives in the May 2010 operation in Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston, to apprehend then Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. At the same time, Ellington, who was giving evidence at the Tivoli Enquiry, said that the event gave Jamaica a chance to see for itself what the police had been saying about the community.


  9. Tivoli enquiry running behind scheduleRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 16, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    The public was barred from yesterday's proceedings due to a hearing regarding a document that is being requested to be kept out of the public. Yesterday, secretary to the commission, Maria Jones, told reporters that the commission was running behind schedule with the evidence and that efforts would be made to have things sped up.


  10. The Tivoli time bomb had to be defusedRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 16, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    As I continue to listen to evidence coming out of the Tivoli Enquiry, and especially that from former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington, I am convinced that the security forces had no other option but to storm into the barricaded community in May 2010. When I recall the conversations I had with people either inside Tivoli Gardens or those closely connected with the political side of that "state within a state", the knowledge that it had amassed a formidable arsenal of weaponry over the last 14 years and the raw power wielded by 'The President', one may not have thought that the structure would have been dismantled in such violent fashion but, for the good of the country, it had to go.


  11. Ja fortunate security forces responded to Tivoli gunmen, says EllingtonRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 14, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    OWEN Ellington yesterday said Jamaica was fortunate that the security forces responded in May 2010 to the threat posed by gunmen associated with then Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. At the same time, he expressed deep disappointment with the level of social intervention in Tivoli Gardens following the security forces' operation to arrest Coke.


  12. Ellington says Coke resisted efforts for peaceful surrenderRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 13, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    FORMER Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus Coke is said to have sent a message to Prime Minister Bruce Golding in May 2010 demanding that he "find a way to deal with this" or "come good" if he intended to apprehend him for extradition to the United States. Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington testified yesterday, during the continuation of the Tivoli enquiry at the Jamaica Conference Centre, that the message came through the Reverend Al Miller, whom he had asked to speak to Coke about turning himself in to the police.


  13. Golding to retake stand at Tivoli enquiryRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 9, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    The enquiry was scheduled to continue on Tuesday, after a break in February, but was put off until tomorrow due to the illness of Chairman Sir David Simmons and the visit of US President Barack Obama to Jamaica on Thursday. The next sitting is on Friday, but the session will not be opened to the public, as attorneys are to make submissions on documents that requests are being made to keep out of the public, Commission Attorney Garth McBean, QC, told the Jamaica Observer.


  14. Ellington to retake stand as Tivoli Enquiry continues todayRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    FORMER Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington will today retake the witness stand when the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry resumes at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. The enquiry had previously taken a seven-week break for the Christmas/New Year season before resuming in early February.


  15. a BILLIONAIREa reaches out to TIVOLIRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 18, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    LIKE most Jamaicans, Canute Parkes followed the tragic events that erupted in West Kingston in late May 2010. The unprecedented mayhem disturbs him to this day.


  16. Boys' Town's Peter Keyes unlocks Tivoli with doubleRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 16, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    A brace by Peter Keyes condemned Tivoli Gardens to their fourth-consecutive defeat in the Red Stripe Premier League as Boys' Town came away with a 2-1 victory at Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. Keys opened the scoring in the 31st minute and later returned to nab the winner in the 65th, after Ranike Anderson found the equaliser for Tivoli with a 55th-minute strike.


  17. 'No, mi son, yuh kill all a dem a'ready'Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 4, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    The brutal hacking to death of a 14-year-old schoolgirl two days ago in St Thomas is either indicative of the mindless brutality of a mad man or, more realistically, a nation filled with too many underdeveloped people whose struggle with themselves and others places extreme violence as a regular tool of social interaction. As much as complete strangers are prepared to shed tears over the untimely death of little Kayalicia Simpson, the terrible truth is, we have been here before and, as a nation, we seem not be learning anything from the tragedies.


  18. MBU fight back to edge TivoliRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    Montego Bay United scored their first victory over Tivoli Gardens this season and avenged their only home loss with a come-from-behind 2-1 win in their third-round Red Stripe Premier League game at Wespow Park yesterday. Schoolboy Kashief Brown scored in the 57th minute, his third goal in as many games to equalise the scores and Fabian McCarthy got the winner in the 87th minute from the penalty spot.


  19. 'There was no breakdown'Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 20, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    FORMER Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington testified yesterday that there was no breakdown in the command and supervision of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force conducting the May 2010 operation to apprehend Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. "It is difficult for untrained civilians to assess the quality, stability and strength of command and supervision on the ground," said Ellington, who was continuing his evidence-in-chief before the Tivoli enquiry being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.


  20. Enquiry sees videos of 2010 fortification in TivoliRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 20, 2015 | Jamaica Observer

    VIDEO footage and photographs from 2010 of criminals fortifying the community of Tivoli Gardens to repel attempts by the security forces to apprehend area leader Christopher 'Dudus' Coke were yesterday showed at the Tivoli Enquiry during the testimony of former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington. The video and photos, Ellington testified, were used in a briefing of an emergency meeting of the Bruce Golding Cabinet at the time, as the police made a case for the declaration of a state of emergency which was implemented on May 23, 2010.


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