The police yesterday advised the organisers of the annual Dennis Brown Day celebrations to postpone the event.
concert was scheduled to be held at the inter- section of North and
King streets in downtown Kingston but was called off for security
reasons. The organisers have since been given the ok to keep the
function in two weeks time, on Sunday March 3, but at a new venue – the
Efforts to speak with Superintendent Steve McGregor, head of the
Central Kingston Police Division, proved futile yesterday, but Charles
Campbell, vice-chairman, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, said the
organisers were informed of the postponement after 1 p.m.
“The police, the Government and the organisers did everything to
make the event possible for yesterday, we had the stage and everything
set to start at 6 p.m..,” Campbell revealed. “I would like to apologise
to our patrons and the world, but more importantly this is a lesson for
us as a country to purge criminality from our midst.”
Asked if the postponement would impact the event, Campbell said, “Yes, it will but life and limb are our first priority.”
Several shootings in and around the Fletcher’s Land community,
which is near to where the concert was to be held, may have been what
forced the police’s hand. It was reported that differences between men
from the area over the theft of several gold bars have resulted in at
least two deaths.