2 Cops Die in Jamaica Drug-Dealer Showdown

Kingston is under siege as kingpin's supporters challenge police
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted May 24, 2010 12:17 PM CDT
In this photo taken Thursday, May 20, 2010, demonstrators display pieces of cardboard with messages in support of Christopher "Dudus" Coke during a march in Kingston.    (AP Photo/The Jamaica Gleaner, Ian Allen)
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(Newser) – Two policemen were killed and six injured last night in the violent showdown between Jamaican police and supporters of drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who are holed up in a barricaded section of Kingston. The cops were fired on as they responded to a call for help from a female motorist, reports the BBC. A state of emergency has been declared as supporters take to the streets, protesting the Jamaican prime minister's decision to allow Coke to be extradited to the US on drugs and weapons trafficking charges.

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