There is a serious conversation to be had about the false sense of security and brainwashing Jamaicans are lulled into. An anti-police mindset which creates the perception that an agency that was created to harass the police is in their best interest.
Just today threats were made by gangs that people in the once quiet town of Mandeville will be slaughtered one each day if a gangster arrested by the police is not released forthwith.
When the fake layers of peace and contentment are peeled away Jamaica has a very serious problem with criminals and it is not getting better.
When a case which is brought by the police gets dismissed by the courts for want of prosecution it is not the same as a case in which a police officer was charged for a crime and walked free because the prosecution cannot substantiate the case it brought.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force is tasked with investigating crimes which involve 2.8 million Jamaicans and every single foreigner who ever set foot not just on Jamaican soil but may have committed a crime against our country 12 miles away from our country’s shores.
As an oversight agency INDECOM is tasked with investigating a security apparatus of approximately 12,000 people not counting the Corrections Department.
Most allegations against the security forces were, and still, are forced by gang leaders, or as they were called (area leaders). Common lowlife scumbags, sanitized, packaged and sold to the Jamaican people by what passes for a media.
Fake mourners became the norm, wailing away at the supposed killings of their choirboy friends whom they watched getting murdered by the police as he slept in his bed at 3 in the morning.[sic]
Innocent community leaders, or as one anti-police agitator Horace Levy labeled them, (corner crews) not dangerous gangsters.
That is not to say that the breakdown in the nation’s social order and the neglect of the police over a period of several decades hasn’t resulted in many people who should never be police officers becoming police officers.
As a consequence, the poor quality of those candidates naturally ended up in outcomes which are antithetical to a good police department and the good of the country overall.
On the 7th of this month Detective Corporal Kevin Adams, Constable Carl Bucknor, and District Constable Howard Brown had their 8-year nightmare come to a spectacular end when Queen’s Counsel Caroline Hay told the court, the prosecution would be unable to negate the defense’s position of self-defense.
The three police officers were charged with the murder of Andrew Bisson in a police operation on September 5, 2011.
The Investigations were undertaken and conducted by INDECOM.
During the trial the judge, Chief Justice Byran Sykes spoke to the grave reservations he had about the case against the officers.
Justice Sykes observed (1) [ that it seemed that the accused officers were being targeted by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)].
(2) Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, the trial judge expressed concern about whether the accused policemen were afforded an objective and fair investigation?
On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 Sergeant David Hutchinson and Constable Kenneth Daley were before the very same Judge Bryan Sykes. The two were charged with murder in a July 2013 incident following an investigation by INDECOM into the fatal shooting of a teenager, Derrick Bolton, and another man.
Like the case on January 7th, prosecutors told the court that they could not proceed against the accused as they could not produce the prosecution witnesses.
The officers were charged after 8 people were fatally shot in an area of Saint Catherine and the police responded and confronted the two, who were reportedly members of the notorious Klansman gang.
The common investigative thread in these two most recent cases in which officers who have been charged with murder and have spent years awaiting trial, in some cases while locked away like common criminals is INDECOM.
In response to charges by police officers that INDECOM was charge -happy and was charging officers then doing investigations, Terrence Williams the head of the agency in 2016 sought to debunk claims he and his agency were abusing the powers given to the agency.
He argued that the commission’s operations
“The INDECOM Act operates in a way that before anybody can be charged, it must come through the director of complaints and then be seen by me.
“The design of the INDECOM Act is to ensure that all investigations are supervised by somebody with senior legal qualification and experience. So the complaint that is being made is completely off the mark, based on systems. Further, it is not our practice to charge persons before the case is completed, Williams told the Gleaner at the time.
So much for adhering to the dictates of the law!
In 2016 Terrence Williams told the same newspaper that
“of the six cases that have been completed, meaning cases placed before the courts since the creation of the agency in 2008, only one person was acquitted, and there is one where the DPP felt the case should not go on. We have five cases where there have been convictions, including one case with eight people.”
Only that there was no truth to Terrence Williams’ statements.
In Manchester, INDECOM charged a police officer with using his helmet to hit a man.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jason Anderson, who is assigned to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), has been charged with discharging a firearm within 40 yards of a public road, contrary to Section 23 of the Firearms Act and assault at common law. Charged by INDECOM.
There are other cases that have also resulted in dismissals all of which are cases brought against the police by INDECOM.
The average Jamaican has been raised, schooled and indoctrinated into hating law enforcement. Even some who have worked as police officers because they may have been unable to get jobs in the private economy has been known to be vehemently against the very discipline which puts food on their table.
The question of having cops opposed to the rule of law is certainly more pervasive now than it was before.
With so many people entering the department from the left-leaning University of the West Indies the problem is now a serious threat to the nation’s security.
Enemies of policing now doing policing.
It cannot be overemphasized that neither of the two major political parties wants a competent police department which is capable of doing the type of investigative work which would have ended in the arrest of politicians involved in the Petrojam scam, Outameani, the Iran sugar deal, the Cuban lightbulb scandal, and the host of other thefts in which billions of dollars simply disappeared.
That is why INDECOM serves the interest of both political parties.
That is the reason they do not care that Deputy Commissioner of INDECOM British transplant Hamish Campbell was alleged to have planted evidence on an innocent black man while he worked in his home country.
No matter how much you adore INDECOM and hate the police, it is pretty difficult to ignore the observations of the nations most senior jurist.
(1)That it seemed that the accused officers were being targeted by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)].
(2) Concerned about whether the accused policemen were afforded an objective and fair investigation.
What is absent from this whole conversation is a fair and just appreciation for the fact that these case are being approached and prosecuted in a manner which is injurious to police officers and worse is dangerous to the nation’s security.
Furthermore, the duplicitous silence by what passes for an organized media, or worse the failure to put two and two together and report to the people the danger they are in by allowing for the continuation of INDECOM.
Because the status quo serves the interest of both political parties voices like mine will go unheeded.
Nevertheless, as the country bounces from one dangerous situation to another and as the gangs consolidate their power, the people like sheep, are led to believe that the number one problem they face is threats to their human rights.
In the meantime, Superintendent Wayne Cameron and his officers are on high alert in Manchester, despite the forces arrayed against them this officer and his men and women are determined and vigilantly out there protecting the lives of the citizens with their own lives.
Undeterred by threats from gangsters who would turn our beautiful Island into a Sub-Saharan wasteland, spilling innocent blood if their demands are not met.
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