Charges laid on cops who claim they were in danger
The August 23 killing of Spragga Benz’ teen son Carlton Grant Jnr. became grounds for laying murder charges recently, after the Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn made that specific ruling.
Law enforcement officers who allegedly took part in the shooting death, were all given bail after different charges were laid on them in the Half Way Tree Criminal Court over a week ago.
Constables Andre Hare and Audley Lawrence, who were both charged with murdering the teenager had bail set at $300,000. Sergeant Michael Blackwood, charged only with assault, had bail set at $10,000.
The three policemen had stories that conflict with eyewitness accounts of the fatal incident. While the officers insist that they responded to an armed robbery call and felt their lives were threatened after the teens pulled out a gun and began firing - family and witnesses say differently.
Protesters who feel the killing was cold blooded murder, have been reportedly assaulted and jailed.
The three policemen return to court on December 11.