Free “Jim Brown”

  Free Jim Brown graffiti in downtown Kingston. (4/1991)

“Jim Brown” or Lester Lloyd Coke was the Tivoli Gardens Don, JLP enforcer and father of Christopher “Dudus” Coke. Nineteen years ago, like his son today, he was also facing extradition to the US on racketeering, gun smuggling, drug trafficking, bribery and related crimes. He was arrested and just days before he was to be extradited to the US  he mysteriously burned to death in his maximum security cell in Kingston’s General Penitentiary. There are many theories about  how “Jim Brown” met his death, some say he committed suicide, others say Edward Seaga ordered his death to hide his ties to the JLP and some even say he was killed by his own Shower Posse who thought he might sing like a bird once he was extradited to the U.S. Coke’s attorney had this to say about the incident “If you believe Jim Brown just burned to death, by accident, in his jail cell, you’ll believe in the tooth fairy.” A 1988 New York Times article said Coke’s Shower Posse controlled up to 40 percent of the drug market in the US and was responsible for over 1,400 murders. He was virtually untouchable by police in Jamaica , he had been tried fourteen times for murder and was always acquitted, the witnesses against him either mysteriously vanished or were found dead. Jim Brown rose to prominence after the Tivoli Garden don Claudie Massop died in a hail of bullets shot by police in 1979.

So far the death toll for the attempted extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke, son of “Jim Brown” is close to 100. This has to make one wonder how many deaths are acceptable to the US to have someone extradited, this question should be asked. And what if he is killed, or caught and brought to the US for trail? There is somebody right now, at this very moment waiting to step up and take his place. Then what?

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One comment on “Free “Jim Brown””

  1. A wise man once said: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”


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