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Family wants to know if police officers will be prosecuted

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 21, 2013

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The family of Aaron Rolle still does not know whether the police officers a coroner’s jury found killed him unlawfully will be prosecuted.

Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson in June pledged to expedite a review of the proceedings at the inquest to determine whether Constables Akiel Smith and Carl Smith would face criminal charges in the death of Rolle, who died from a ruptured intestine caused by blunt force trauma while at the Southern Police Station on February 9.

However, to date there has been no word on whether a decision has been made.

Christina Galanos, who represents Rolle’s family, said that Director of Public Prosecutions Vinette Graham-Allen has not responded to her letters inquiring on the status of the review.  Galanos said her letters have not even been acknowledged.

Rolle, 20, of Ross Corner, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, housebreaking and escape on February 7.  The officers claimed that he had to be forcefully restrained after he tried to escape through a louvered window on the second floor of the station.  Rolle, according to the officers, tried to escape after confessing and pointing out businesses and homes he had broken into.

In her recommendations following the verdict, Acting Coroner Jeanine Weech-Gomez suggested that the Attorney General’s Office decide whether to proceed and that the officers face internal disciplinary proceedings.

A civil suit in relation to Rolle’s death is pending.

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