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Woman shocked relative killed by police

A woman who identified herself as a relative of one of the three men killed by police on Friday said yesterday that she was shocked that he was killed by police, but not necessarily shocked that he was killed in a violent manner.

The woman, who did not give her name, called into the Guardian Radio 96.9 FM talk show “The Revolution”, with host Juan McCartney.

On Friday, police killed three men in a home off Eastern Road after police said the men opened fire at officers attempting to execute a search warrant.

The Nassau Guardian understands that one of the men was Jamal Penn, also known as Tony Smith, an alleged gang leader who had been acquitted of several murder charges in recent years. Another of the victims was revealed to be Trevor Cooper, who was charged with murder in 2017, but later acquitted.

Valentino Pratt, who has a history of firearm and drug charges, is reportedly the third man killed.

“Personally, for me, I wouldn’t say it was a complete shock,” she said.

“I was shocked [by] the way that it was done and the fact that it was police officers.

“That’s what gets me because I still do believe in the law.

“You know, I don’t like the things that are being said and I don’t like how the police officers are being seen, the light that they’re being seen.

“But then it’s hard to see it any other way, and this is coming from a family member, like I lost a family member.

“So, to have him be killed in that manner by police officers, if it was a retaliation or someone else, you may have felt a little differently…”

The woman claimed that the mother of one of the three victims was not been briefed by police or allowed to identify her son.

“There’s a lot being said about their characters [and] I wouldn’t say how true it is,” she said.

“To this moment, one of the mothers that I know has still not been briefed by the police officers. She hasn’t been able to identify her son’s body as yet.”

She added, “Despite whatever life they lived they’re still someone’s child, and in a lot of cases you cannot blame the parents because at some point you really can’t be responsible for the road your children take.

“I called because I think it’s kind of an insensitive thing when you have a mother riding up and down, being turned all around and she cannot identify her child’s body or be briefed.”

Friday’s police-involved shooting was the third incident for this year, leaving a total of five people dead, according to The Guardian’s records.

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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