Witnesses testify at Linden COI that police opened fire on July 18th protestors
More witnesses continued to take the stand today at the Linden Commission of Inquiry hearings and many of them spoke about the police action on the day and seeing police officers firing shots at protestors. One man testified, that even as he ran from the scene, the police continued to shoot behind him. It was chaotic when the police opened fire the witnesses revealed, saying, that more than one officer was doing the firing of tear gas and bullets.
Justice for Jermaine Committee President, Chance, told the Commission, that he travelled to Linden on July 18th to lend support to the protesting Lindeners. He said, when the firing of shots started by the police, persons were running all over. He said, he was lucky not to have been hit.
He was later pressed by Commissioner Justice, Cecil Kennard, about whether he thought persons blocking the bridge on the day was the right thing to do.
And a technician who works at the Linden Hospital testified about seeing the police draw guns on a young man even after the shooting death of protestors, he said, he was in the area at the time.
Some of the persons who have been taking the stand still have bullets and pellets lodged in their bodies. Most of them testified that the only persons they saw with guns and saw firing guns on the day of the protest were the policemen who were there.