Halshane Burke reports
By Clinton McGregor
The three policemen detained in connection with the shooting death of a man at the Mother's fast food restaurant in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, two weeks ago, have been charged.
The five civilians, who were also arrested in the case, have also been charged.
The eight accused have been charged jointly with the offence of misprison of felony.
The policemen have also been charged with misconduct in public office after they allegedly refused to disclose the identity of the shooter in the incident.
The cops have been identified as Constables Huwayne Ramsey, Marcel Carr and Jamal Scott.
The civilians are Fitzgerald Stuart, Troy Allen, Moya Carr, Onique Hall and Dejon Hall.
They were charged Thursday evening after a judge gave the police until today (Friday) to charge or release them.
Radio Jamaica News has been informed that the Director of Public Prosecutions will be asked to determine whether criminal charges regarding other aspects of the case should be laid against the policemen.
The constables along with the civilians were detained two weeks ago following the January 27 shooting death of 30-year-old Cajay Simms, of Bartles Town in Gayle, St. Mary.
It's alleged that he was shot after he used a knife to slash two of the men.
Investigators accused the policemen, who were among the group, of failing to stop the shooting and later providing shelter to the shooter who was transported in a convoy from St. Ann to Montego Bay, following the incident.
The accused were nabbed following a high level investigation involving detectives from St. Ann, St. James and Trelawny.
Investigators have identified the shooter by the alias 'Bad One', of Stonehenge in St. James.