Acting Commissioner of Police Remains Silent as Coroner’s Court Pronounces Azario Major’s Death as Manslaughter
Acting Commissioner of Police, Leamond Deleveaux, stunned the nation yesterday by refusing to comment on the explosive ruling from the Coroner’s Court regarding the tragic death of Azario Major. The court ruled that the police-involved killing of Major was a homicide by manslaughter, sending shockwaves through the community. Despite widespread anticipation, Deleveaux remained tight-lipped, deferring to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for further action.
The incident, which occurred outside Woody’s Bar on Fire Trail Road on December 26, 2021, has gripped the nation for months. The court’s ruling, however, does not automatically assign criminal liability but places the decision on the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Cordell Frazier, who will determine whether charges should be filed against the involved officers.
Hope and Calls for Reform Surround Azario Major’s Case as DPP Takes Over
With the responsibility now shifted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Acting Commissioner Deleveaux expressed a cautious approach and reserved his comments until the DPP has completed her investigation and forwarded her findings to the commissioner of police.
Azano Major, the brother of the deceased, expressed relief and a sense of long-awaited justice. Speaking to The Tribune, he stated, “It’s been a long time coming. I’m just happy that, at least for tonight, my family can have peace. We will see what the future holds.” His sentiments were echoed by Fredia Major, who felt vindicated by the ruling and hoped that her brother’s tragic death would catalyze much-needed reform within the justice system.
The family’s hope extends beyond the immediate impact of the verdict. Fredia Major believes that Azario’s name will become a symbol of hope, inspiring countless individuals throughout The Bahamas for years to come. She passionately called for a comprehensive overhaul of the justice system, hoping that her brother’s death would serve as a catalyst for change.
In the wake of this shocking ruling, the nation awaits the deliberations of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. As the country grapples with the implications of the manslaughter ruling, the hashtags below capture the sentiment and demands for justice on social media platforms: