SPRAGGA BENZ SON ALLEGEDLY MURDERED BY POLICE‏

The teenage son of the legendary singer/deejay/dancehall star  Spragga Benzwas allegedly murdered by police officers in Kingston, Jamaica. SpraggaBenz, whose real name is Carlton Grant Sr., partnered with soca star KevinLyttle with the dancehall remix of Lyttle's track, "Turn Me On". Turn Me Onreached #1 on the Billboard Single Chart on August 12th, 2004. Spragga hasalso collaborated with artists such as KRS-One and Wyclef Jean, and acted inthe hit Access Pictures' movie "Shottas." Spragga's son, 17-year old Carlton Grant Jr., was murdered in Kingston onAugust 23rd. He was shot by police. There are conflicting opinions as towhether or not he was armed at the time of the shooting. All reports claimthat he was shot once, while his hands were in the air, after he hadsurrendered to police. Allegedly he was shot a second time, execution style,in the head, after he was already down on the ground. His body was driven tothe hospital by police, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police claim the teen was carrying a pistol, and they had to give chase.Upset eye-witnesses refute that claim. Whether or not he was carrying aweapon, or initially ran away from the police, once he surrendered (stoppedrunning, wasn't firing), he should not have been killed in their custody.Unfortunately, the Jamaican police system does not contain aself-regulating, internal affairs department; therefore, police in Jamaicasubsequently go unchecked, and literally get away with murder on a regularbasis. The reggae/dancehall community worldwide have offered their most sincerecondolences to Spragga Benz and his family. Our thoughts and prayers arewith the Grant family during this time.

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