Former Jamaica Labour Party councilor Barrington Bailey has been charged with illegal possession of firearm. Bailey, otherwise called ‘Junior’, of Kirkland Heights in Red Hills, St Andrew, is scheduled to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court on Tuesday, February 19. The police say the 40-year-old was arrested during a joint police-military checkpoint in Innswood on Old Harbour Road, Spanish Town in St Catherine on Sunday, February 10th. Bailey was arrested about 5:40 a.m., after an Acura motorcar he was driving was stopped by the police. The police say Bailey accounted for a licensed firearm. However, upon searching the vehicle, the police say an illegal Taurus 9 millimetre pistol was also found.
Whether you are a fan of the Zones Of Special Operations initiative or not, it is difficult to argue against the fact that large amounts of security personnel in an area invariably lowers crime in that area. (ZOSO) As the initiative is known, surely has its detractors for varying reasons. This writer certainly is no fan of it for the sole reason that it bails out the corrupt politicians and the incompetent police high command by lowering crime temporarily. This allows them to gloat about lowering crime without coming up with sustainable crime policies.
States of public emergency (SOE’s)are important for maintaining public order under the special circumstances in which the security forces may need additional powers. (ZOSO‘s are no different, though both initiatives squeeze out the producers of violence from the operational areas, it disperses them into otherwise calmer areas. This process generally results in a lull in the violence as those displaced by the initiatives acclimate themselves to their new operational bases.
Despite the lies and distractions by the Political Opposition and their surrogates in the Public Defender’s office and the media about the two initiatives, they remain quite popular with the majority of Jamaicans. I have not done any polling as it relates to people who actually support criminal conduct in our country. Nevertheless, the fact that the majority of Jamaicans are willing to support initiatives which disrupt and inconveniences their lives gives me hope that there is a silent majority of our people who sincerely want the country we once had. The political opposition is as heavily invested in old-style politics as the Governing administration. Neither party wants to disengage from the Garrison-style politics which secures entire constituencies dishonestly, despite the fact that it diminishes our democracy and takes away the franchise of the populace.
Last year, because of the twin initiatives, the country experienced what the police say was a 20% drop in violent crimes. Conscientious observers, including this writer, cheered, because we believe that regardless of the methods employed, fewer dead people is a net positive. The downside to the dip in homicides and other violent felonies is that the homicide and violent felony statistics were still too high. Thus far this year, violent crimes and homicides are ticking upwards. Whether this supposed uptick represents a trend or an anomaly is yet to be decided. We will only be able to tell after the year is over. If past is prologue we should be very concerned because we have seen these horrendous homicide numbers in the not too distant past.
The disconnect with this uptick and previous ones is the general lack of panic. “Oh, murders are on the rise again, yawn.”That seems to be the general attitude this time around. So what exactly is different this time? I vividly recall the sense of anger and panic which succeeded the past surges and the calls for the heads of Owen Ellington, Carl Willaims and the very nice and gentile George Quallo? None of those recent former commissioners of police were policymakers. They were men who became commissioners of police, because they were police officers. No one bothered to try to understand the dynamics at play in which the police is given straws and required to spin them into gold. Until now!
The difference now is that the force is headed by an outsider. Antony Anderson, past head of the (JDF). Past National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, (a post-tailor-made for Anderson). Of course, the men and women who came up through the ranks and busted their tails to educate themselves, some more than Holness is, obviously were not qualified enough to advise the Prime Minister on National security, though their entire careers have been spent in the security portfolio. Which got me thinking. Antony Anderson has gotten a whole lot of deference and goodwill from the public. Many of the elites came out in gleeful support, when he was selected over the men and women of the department to lead their department. I have no quarrel with the guy, he seems like a decent and likable enough person. But neither of those traits insulates him from critique. A whole lot of elitist stinkers came out in support of Anderson’s appointment, none of whom had anything good to say about the commissioners of police who were actual police officers. Those stinkers are silent now, because once again their insistence on social engineering is failing.
It is not the first time that an outsider has been brought in and placed over the men and women of the JCF. We remember the travesty which was Trevor Macmillan and later Hardly Lewin. My disquiet with the whole thing has nothing to do with any love one would imagine I have for the hierarchy of the JCF. Far from it. I raise the subject because when there is a cop’s cop at the helm of the JCF, no quarters or latitude is given to them. They are expected to work miracles, they are basically required to spin straw into gold. Antony Anderson has thus far experienced a charmed existence. No one is calling for his head, despite the unchecked killings and other violent crimes. Here’s a real bit of fact, in addition to the hypocrisy, if we take away (ZOSO) and the (SOE’s) which have basically propped up Anderson’s tenure, he would inexorably be presiding over a runaway murder rate over and above anything his more recent predecessors experienced during their tenures.
On this issue, I will not allow Jamaica’s snobbish, lying and deceptive elites to rewrite history. We are going to stay vigilant on this and record it for posterity. Neither of the EX-JDF heads who were brought in to usurp the senior people in the JCF has a made a lick of a positive difference worthy of mention. The excuses about lack of cooperation from the senior leadership and the lack of support from the rank and file were spurious at best. None of it comes close to the disrespect the JCF gets from the two political gangs which have divided up the country and their well-placed surrogates throughout civil society. This is a country in deep trouble because the two political parties have the country in a death-grip for their own survival.
Some members of the public have called for the disbandment of the force, in fact, even Renetto Adams has called for the disbandment of the department. Me, I believe in no such nonsense. Those proposing the disbandment of the department, including some supposed intellectuals suffering from over-inflated egos, fail to understand that the challenges the police face are societal issues which can hardly be laid at the feet of the police. I never personally liked most of the senior officers with whom I interacted during my brief 10-year stint. I thought they were generally poor managers who believed in chewing out their juniors in public and begrudging their successes. They were generally political hacks who kissed the asses of the politicians in the party of their choice. Additionally, the senior corps of the constabulary has been more focused on being punitive to their subordinates than teaching and guiding them in preparation for service, or working on strategies aimed at eliminating crime in their areas of responsibility. More than anything else in my estimation, the senior officers of the JCF have been a cowardly bunch of hacks who wilt and wither away at the slightest controversy leaving their subordinates to face the music unsupported. At the time I decided to leave the department my opinion of them was somewhere in the single digits and deteriorating fast.
I guess by now you do get that I had/have scant regard for the leadership of the force. That does not mean that the JCF has not had exemplary officers over the years. I was a big fan of former SSP Bailey, who once led the Ranger Squad, a true motivational leader and despite his faults, Noel Asphall was a leader who made you want to go the extra mile. Today not much has changed since I left the department, except that the leadership of the force may be a tad more educated. Unfortunately, the benefits of their education have not shown up in the stat sheets, so surely the education they earned seems to be for self and bragging rights. Fish rots from the head so if we discard the nonsense that the police is inept because the police are inherently corrupt. Or that the police are even closely representative of what is wrong in our country, we may be able to recognize that the police is only a small sampling of a society that is inherently corrupt and dysfunctional. If we tune out the noise and face that fact that our country has been a pretentious place for a long time, and that we do have a corruption problem, we may begin the hard work of turning around our country.
One of the enduring qualities of leadership is the ability of those in positions of leadership to be able to motivate those whom they supervise. Leadership is not about bossing around and embarrassing subordinates. It is about praising publicly and chastising privately. Those elements are virtues which have eluded the leadership over the years. More and more they become sticklers looking for transgressions of the archaic JCF Act with which to punish and subsequently hold down their juniors. As a consequence, the rank and file have basically given up. Faced with the twin pressures of dealing with the challenges of the job on the streets and protecting their safety, while contending with the nitpicking overlords in the department once they return from the streets. This dual sided pressure has wrought undue harm and psychological damage to the rank and file resulting in mistakes, hesitancy, and a general lack of confidence in the way they execute their duties. Other pressure points from other Government agencies which have added additional undue stress to a rather shitty job to begin with, has resulted further in one of the highest attrition rates of any police department anywhere in the world. Except in parts of Mexico where some departments have seen officers dropping arms and walking away in surrender to the drug cartels.
A GLIMMER OF HOPE
As I said before, my disdain for the leadership of the JCF though palpable, does not mean that there are no good senior officers in the department. And I want to speak briefly to one such officer who exemplifies some of the qualities which ought to be the rule rather than the exception in the (JCF). The recent viral encounter in which a bus driver in Spalding Manchester viciously attacked a uniformed police officer was a seminal moment for the rule of law in our country. That one incident revealed some structural flaws which exist in the body politic. These are having devastating consequences for our very small and easily managed country.
(1) Both Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and Peter Phillips the opposition leader saw that violent attack on a police officer last week in Spalding Manchester. Additionally, another officer was attacked and shot in a separate incident as he sat in his car, he was hit several times. He valiantly fought off his attackers, though seriously wounded. He is still in very serious condition in hospital. To date, neither of the two pathetic little men seized on the opportunity to reaffirm the need for, and their commitment to the rule of law. Jamaica is NOT a paradise as they would have you believe. Crime is out of control, it benefits both political parties. That is the reason blatant attacks on police officers elicits deathly silence from both political leaders and their political parties.
(2) Those of you who saw the incident also witnessed a lying bastard narrate a full sequence of the events. The only problem was that it was all lies aimed at incriminating the officers and absolving the attacker of criminal culpability. Conscientious observers who care about fairness and the rule of law, would be hard pressed not to think that this is a pattern which has unjustly incriminated untold police officers. Many of whom handled themselves exactly as they were trained to do and was incriminated on fraudulent testimony, the likes of what we saw from that supposed witness. As a former police officer, I can tell you that most of those accounts are exactly false and concocted.
(3) The officer displayed cool temperament despite the verbal onslaught and the gesticulation from the bus driver, even as the crowd egged the stupid driver to attack him. I can tell you without equivocation that I would not have acted as calm and patient as he did. The minute he started gesticulating and verbally assaulting me he would have been taken down and cuffed.
(4) After the incident occurred, the commanding officer for the Parish, Superintendent Wayne Cameron, did something which has been missing from Jamaican policing. That senior officer did not run away and hide, hoping that if there were questions he would be shielded from the media glare. He stepped forward and made it abundantly clear that those who would attack his officers should rethink their strategy as officers would not be backing down. Cameron’s steadfast stance was refreshing not just for the officers under his command, but for the rule of law across the country. Superintendent Cameron’s unwavering support for the officers under his command is the kind of leadership which is lacking across the entire law enforcement spectrum. It ought to be the rule, yet sadly, it is the exception and subsequently, the law-abiding people of Jamaica pay the price for it.
None of the cowardly senior officers in the Department, from the Commissioner on down, had a word of praise for the officer. None sought to use the incident to speak to the country on the virtues of adhering to the rule of law. Sadly, there is zero daylight between the pathetic political leadership and the cowardice which heads the (JCF). All in all the criminal supporting political parties and the spineless bootlicking senior leadership of the JCF, has demonstrated that they are incompetent and undeserving of the positions they hold. It is time for better and more capable leadership in the (JCF). If they were serious about real leadership and the eradication of crime they would look no further than the parish of Manchester and place Wayne Cameron in that leadership chair at 103 Old Hope Road. We would begin to see some real leadership on crime in our country.
The mistake the cops made in Spalding yesterday was in not shooting the attacking mob leaders dead!!!
Attack a police officer in any country on this planet and if you live to regret it you will really regret it, I mean really regret it. In America attacking a police officer even without a weapon could be automatic death, and if you survive to talk about it, you will have years in prison to consider your actions. I recently watched a video of a woman who attacked Russian cops with her hands and their response was brutish. Literally shocking was the level of force the officers employed to the attacker who was a woman no less. Whether we agree with the level of force employed by the officer under attack is neither here nor there. Wrong or right that is his/her call to make when he/she feels his/her life threatened. Every officer of the law, like everyone else, has an expectation that they will finish their shift and go home to their families without being assaulted, abused or worse. He/she alone gets to make that call and the laws should back that officer fully everywhere.
Why is it then that Jamaicans living at home feel that they have a license to attack police officers who are doing their jobs? Before we examine those reasons, it is important to acknowledge that when Jamaicans set foot overseas, they are keenly conversant that what they do at home will not fly in other countries. Even within the CARICOM region in which Jamaicans are supposed to be able to travel relatively freely, member states still sometimes nuance the rules of the CARICOM charter to allow their law-enforcement to be particularly wary and vigilant to the presence of Jamaicans traveling to their countries. The record of criminal activity is undeniable and there should be no conversation around what are undeniable facts. In the past police officials have ridiculed Jamaicans who complain about the treatment they receive when they visit their country and are singled out for special treatment, “this is not Jamaica.” Clear references that they will not tolerate the kind of lawlessness which exist in Jamaica in their countries.
There is no secret that Jamaica is and has always been a very violent and lawless country. In response to the lawlessness and violence, the strategy has been to tighten control over the police service, effectively rendering officers “paper tigers” through a series of legislation under the guise that they are transforming the police force into professional police services. Now, there is a conversation to be had around the reasons behind the strategy to muzzle and handcuff the police. Not the least of which is the corrupt nature of the politicians who populate both political parties. A police department beholden to them and incapable of conducting intelligent investigations is incapable of stopping their rapacious assault against the people’s resources.
Rather than change the paradigm after the militia uprising of 2010 in support of drug lord Christopher Duddus Coke both political parties doubled down on stupid, or should I say doubled down on criminal acquiescence and gave the country INDECOM. That is the legacy of the Duddus supporter Orett Bruce Golding, who was forced from office for standing in the way of the extradition of a known drug lord and criminal kingpin, who has been accused of being a merciless murderer. After the security forces liberated Tivoli Gardens from the control of that scum kingpin and annexed it to the rest of the Island, both political parties banded together to condemn the security forces for acting decisively toward the kingpin and his militia. Although the Americans prevailed in having Coke extradited, the message to the criminal underworld was clear. “We are with you don’t worry“.
The incident in Manchester yesterday in which a bus driver felt emboldened to psychically attack a uniformed police officer doing his job, and the ensuing melee and destruction of property by the band of dumb animals must be laid squarely at the feet of the political class. My problem with the actions of the officers is that because of fear that the Government has instituted in them through INDECOM as a harassment agency, the officers missed an opportunity to send a clear message. Jamaica has far too many opinionated idiots to function as a modern society. My only problem with the cops involved is that they retreated, that’s not police training. Police training dictates that in situations like the one they faced they stand their ground back to back, train their weapons to the head of the lead attackers and as soon as they step forward to cause harm to them, methodical and systematical shoot to kill. Let’s see how many would keep stepping forward. That’s what I fault the officers with, but they do not make them like they used to.
At the end of the day what we need to do is to ignore the continuous talking from the shitheads and come to the realization that there is no prosperity to be delivered by the JLP, and damn sure no alternative growth path by the criminal supporting PNP in this madness and chaos. That is why we need to shut INDECOM down now, send Hamish Campbell home and take back our country from this madness. If any of these officers are charged with anything there should be hell to pay by INDECOM. The fact that Jamaica continues to struggle with corruption according to Transparency International is proof positive that the facts are on our side and not on the side of the Island’s leadership. The fraudulent witnesses whom I have been writing about for years, who are nurtured and promoted by the criminal supporting press must not be allowed to place another police officer on suspension. If INDECOM continues to be a clear enhancer of this kind of assault on our police, steps must be taken to ensure that INDECOM does not destroy the life of another hard-working police officer. The same methodologies which are applied to INDECOM should be applied to those who support that criminal enhancement agency. No country which supports criminals at the expense of its law enforcement agents can be successful, corrupt country, no investment. Jamaica’s criminal politicians surely cannot continue to fool the majority of the people forever.
Most importantly, through the proliferation of smartphones and CCTV cameras, the lie which the anti-police media gave legitimacy to are being exposed. The real question after many years in which lying criminals turn up to give false evidence against the police must be, how many police officers lives have been ruined as a result? This writer has been making the case that this practice which is aided and abetted by the media has resulted in a lot of the cases against officers ended up failing to meet the most basic prosecutorial standards because they were fraudulent from the start.
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Detectives assigned to the Spanish Town Criminal Investigation Branch are probing the circumstances surrounding the shooting deaths of a man and a woman on Old Harbour Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Thursday. Those killed are 21-year-old Vaughn Smith, otherwise called ‘Mr. Cool’, and 19-year-old Serena Kerr, both of Shelter Rock in Spanish Town. The police say about 2:30 p.m, residents heard explosions in the area went to investigate and discovered the bodies.The police say Smith and Kerr were found lying in blood with gunshot wounds to the upper body.
As per usual, the report to the police is just that it will take time for a full investigative narrative to take shape., so we await the results of a full investigation. In the meantime, the streets are talking and the story being told while sad causes one to wonder what was the decedent Vaughn Smith’s intention? Word on the streets is that Vaughn encouraged Serena to accompany him to go purchase a gun and that did not go so well. Unconfirmed reports indicate the young couple was robbed of their cash and then murdered by the men who were supposed to sell them the weapon/s.
It is always sad when someone loses his or her life, nevertheless, these are some of the consequences of those kinds of actions. If the reporting is correct, one has to assume that the intention of the deceased were less than pure. As tragic as this case is, it may very well be a case of early karma.
Ex-Police Constable Collis Chucky Brown has been sentenced to life in prison in the so-called death squad case. His sentence stems from three counts of murder and wounding with intent. He must serve 51 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. More to come…..
Marvin Douglas a former constable of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and formally of the Trelawny Division now a business man in falmouth died a few hours ago in a motor vehicle crash along the Spring Hill highway in the parish.
We are told that a Detective Inspector of Police in charge of scenes of crime Investigations at the Spanish Tow Police station narrowly escaped death at his home. Detective Inspector Harris was attacked by gunmen who shot up his car. In what seems to have been an attempted robbery attempt, the men allegedly tailed the cop from the bank where he reportedly went to transact business. Several m16 shells were recovered from the scene of the incident and the cop is reported to have escaped serious injury.
UPDATE TO THIS STORY
At about 10am Detective Inspector Devon Harris, of the technical services division withdrew cash from the bank and drove home and parked in his driveway. He alighted from the car when he noticed a grey hatchback motor car driving towards him, he became suspicious and stood in front of the car one man alighted from the rear seat of the car with a M16 rifle, and opened fire at him. He took evasive action upon which two other men with handguns also alighted from the car and they too opened fire at Inspector Harris. Detective Inspector Harris ran into a nearby premises and hid himself.
They went into the Inspector’ car and stole his laptop- bag containing his HP laptop computer valued at five hundred and fifty us dollars (US $550). The gunmen made good their escape. Insp Harris suffered no gunshot injuries but suffered cuts and bruises to his hands and knees from having fallen during the encounter.
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 does not allow for charges to be laid without proper investigations being carried out. “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. Case dismissed. 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. Case dismissed. 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.
I got to thinking recently and I arrived at a couple of conclusions (1) The gangs doing the killings are still operating with impunity. (2) The number of gangs seems to be on the increase. And (3) just how easy it was for the people to be influenced that good no-nonsense policing attitude toward dangerous criminals was bad for them and the country. And so I want to have a little talk with you my readers, rather than just talk at you.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
It is important to remember where we are coming from and where we are so that we may make informed decisions which will impact where we are going in the way we want to. Because as the cliche goes, “if you don’t know where you are going you are already there”. Now it is important to remember that Jamaica has always been a high crime country. This is so because of the way political interference by the two political parties (a) cerated garrison communities, rendering them no go for law enforcement and havens for murderers and other criminals. (b)Lack of resources for law enforcement and lack of proper training also played a role. (c) The revolving door for criminals created by the courts resulted in apathy and in some cases criminal complicity by law enforcement. I will attempt to show you the trajectory of murders over the years in order to demonstrate how certain factors both internally and externally have helped to shape the trajectory of the most serious crimes in our country. Jamaica recorded the following number of homicides over the following years.
# of Murders
In the year 2017, 1,616 murders were reported to the authorities. And 2018 resulted in around 1455 homicides, give or take a couple either way. Now, though these homicide numbers are stark, I believe they are fundamentally flawed, because they only represent killings in which victims of gunshot wounds, stabbings, and other violent assaults die immediately. Not all victims of violent attacks die immediately and so there may be another 10, 20, or even 30% more deaths which can reasonably be attached to those annual homicide numbers. At the risk of making myself part of the narrative which is absolutely not my intent, I wish to point out that between the start of the statistics above and when I left the force in 1991 murders were far too many but not overly astronomical. When we juxtapose the numbers which existed between 1982 when I joined the department (405) and 1989 (439) and the facts I laid out about political interference and lack of resources hamstringing the police you will also notice that homicides remained generally steady. We may go back and look at the years 1980 to 1981, and we will notice that those years represented the election year 1980 and 1981 the year a new administration took office and so those numbers were anomalies as far as the homicide numbers went. Older Jamaicans will recall the 1980 elections in which an estimated 899 Jamaicans lost their lives, largely as a result of political violence and 1981 although the numbers had dropped precipitously to 490, those 1981 numbers still represented a high, for a good seven (7) year period and never again reached or exceeded  until 1990 when the numbers jumped drastically considering the previous seven-year stability to 543 homicides. By 1991 the year I exited the force all bets were off homicides had moved up to 561. Gone were the good old days in which murderers knew that it was not their streets. So what happened you ask, why is it that between the time you served and the time you left murders got out of control Mike? Was it you keeping all those shottas under control? I wish I could take credit for it (smile) but we have to seriously look at what happened in our country which caused basically (8) eight years of stable homicide numbers?
THE SEAGA ADMINISTRATION I generally get killed(no not literally) laugh, for daring to write about politics or the way I see it through my own eyes growing up and living thirty (30) years of my life in my country. Many people are offended they say talk only about law enforcement. I generally laugh at that because right here in this article we see just how politics impacts every other area of our lives. Edward Phillip George Seaga won the 1980 general elections on a platform of conservatism. It was easy for Seaga’s message to resonate against the Manley message of self-sufficiency and national pride. Any message that was opposite to Manley’s would have resonated, people were hungry, store shelves were empty, crime and violence were everywhere. Seaga’s victory was a devastating blow to Michael Manley and the (PNP), his Conservative Jamaica Labor Party won 51 of the then 60 seats in the parliament. Many laborites suspected Manley lost his seat but was allowed to keep it. No evidence of that ever surfaced but the whispering continued for years.
Many Jamaicans who grew up during my time which is the 70’s and really came of age in the ’80s will quickly argue that all politicians in Jamaica are corrupt, dishonest, monsters. I have no facts to counter those assertions but I will say that even if not totally true, whatever Jamaicans say does have some truth in there somewhere. Edward Seaga created the satellite community of Tivoli Gardens. Those who know a little about Jamaica’s history will recall that Tivoli Gardens rose out of the God forgotten slums previously known as (Back-o-wall). Tivoli Gardens was a modern apartment complex with amenities like a park, community center, a state of the art clinic etc. [Full disclosure], my first child was born at that clinic because it was rumored to be the very best in the Island at the time. Seaga was mightily proud of what he created in that community as he ought to be. However, like an over-doting parent, he failed to see that the child he gave life to was turning bad. And that was an egregious error in judgment, that baby became a monster. When a child becomes that it reflects badly on the parents. Because of Seaga’s failure to rein in Tivoli Gardens, he will forever and for the remainder of his days be saddled with the infamy that that community came to represent. And that is all too sad because when it came to law and order Edward Seaga never stood in the way of the police doing their jobs, save and except for his delinquent baby Tivoli Gardens. The data demonstrates that it was under Edward Seaga’s tenure that homicides leveled off and remained constant. Edward Seaga demitted office in (1988) and Michael Manley was back at the helm of our government. By 1990, just one year into Manley’s tenure, homicides jumped from (439) into the new territory of (543.
Homicides continued at a merry clip under Michael Manley and continued so after he ceded power to his inept deputy Percival Patterson. By (2002) still with the PNP in power, homicides had reached (1045). In just over twelve(12) years under PNP leadership, homicides in Jamaica had increased by (238.041%). We can argue along the margins politically, what we cannot deny is the data.
A NEW NARRATIVE
In 2007 Orett Bruce Golding a former minister of construction under Seaga who had left the JLP and helped to form the then third party the National Democratic Movement or (NDM) had returned to the JLP and was able to eke out a slim majority for the JLP. The JLP victory seemed at the time to be voter malaise and exhaustion from the PNP’s 141/2 unbroken years in office and the backward direction of the country. By (2011) Golding was forced to resign from entanglements with the Christopher Coke matter. Andrew Holness took over the leadership of the party and the Government and soon sought his own mandate against the Portia Simpson Miller-led (PNP). Holness was defeated at the polls on the 5th of January 2012 and Miller served as the Prime Minister until fresh elections were called on the 3rd of March 2016. Andrew Holness’ party won the elections, albeit by a razor-thin one seat majority which was later strengthened by two by/elections in which the ruling (JLP) prevailed. The moral of the story surrounding the period which included Simpson Miller, Bruce Golding and Andrew Holness is simply this. Both political parties are responsible for the events as they occurred in that time period and so we are left to analyze what event or series of events caused both parties to become complicit or incompetent, or both, in dealing with violent crimes.
If I pretended that the Jamaican police have not engaged in atrocious behavior I would be lying. If I pretended that politicians, judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and parsons and people in every discipline haven’s as well I would be lying. And if I pretended that people in literally every discipline, in every nation across the globe haven’t done the same thing….again I would be lying. The reality of the foregone is that people, regardless of their jobs are only people who are prone to excesses and abusing their powers. When that happens the societies in which they operate must take steps to remedy those transgressions and put in place safeguards to guard against recurrence. So if you have bad Pastors you do not tear down the church. With the multiple reports about Priest sexually assaulting little boys the powers that be hasn’t gotten rid of the Catholic Church, they are working to fix it. When our police make mistakes we fix the problems and we support our police, we should not tear them down. Unfortunately, that is not what we do in Jamaica, we tear down our police and that provides a wide opening to those who would benefit from the breakdown in the rule of law.
As ridiculous as the lack of support for the police is, the single greatest issue in my estimation is the influence the so-called human rights lobby has been able to wield in our country. The faithful observance of and fidelity to human rights are fundamental templates of any democratic society. Nevertheless, human rights and national security are two fundamentally different issues, neither of which are dispensable or mutually exclusive in a democratic society. Given that human rights lobbies are not as visible or influential in the powerful democracies, and since there is a kind of default presumption that they are the template for good democratic societies, we tend to ignore the gross human rights transgressions which occur in these powerful nations. Police abuse of people of color is the number one human rights issue which has affected people of color in the United States, Britain, and Canada today as it always has. There is hardly any response or statements much less any meaningful steps taken on behalf of a single aggrieved party anywhere in any of the named powerful developed countries. There has been zero advocacy on behalf of any killed or injured by police here in the United States to my knowledge.
SO WHY THE DEVELOPING WORLD?
The human rights lobby in the developing world in which Jamaica finds itself are generally funded by supporters or parent lobbies in the western power centers which are in turn funded by dark money. A country which undermines its law-enforcement is a country with high crime statistics. Jamaica’s crime-fighting efforts are directed at its police officers, not at the violence producers. Not that there cannot be an effective crime-fighting mechanism in place and vigilant police oversight simultaneously.
Why would larger countries want crime to increase in the developing world? Larger western countries are lenders to poorer developing countries. They destabilize those nations because they need to keep them borrowing. A country inundated with crime has next to zero chance of climbing its way out of poverty. Jamaica has made many tactical mistakes, not the least of which has been allowing the international human rights lobbies to worm their influence into the body politic of the country. It’s a veritable disaster at this point as literally every bit of legislation which is supposed to benefit the Jamaican people has to pass muster with human rights lobbies which take orders from either the United States, Canada, or Great Britain. Why would either of these nations care about human-rights? They don’t! They understand full well that the question of human rights is something the general population will sign onto. What poor citizenry will not be enamored with the idea of a group of people who are protecting them from the power of the state? Jamaica has long flirted with wannabe police watchdogs the likes of Flo O’Connor and others, but the country completely sold out to Carolyn Gomes and Jamaicans for Justice(JFJ). If the safety and security of Jamaicans were attended to with the same diligence and fervor as the influence the criminal enhancement lobbies have had on the decision making of our country we would have a very good country.
THE END GAME
Ultimately, what will happen is that the state will completely lose control. We are not far from that point, we had a glimpse of that in 2010. In Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil. and Venezuela, right here in our hemisphere we have seen the effects of their government’s complicity and cowardice in confronting the dangers posed by gangs which later metastasized into murderous drug cartels. Unless the Jamaican people come out from the fog cast by the crime enhancement lobby Jamaica will see people leaving on old rickety rafts and old canoes trying to find safe harbor. It can still be stopped but time is running out.
The body of 29-year-old Nordia Markland was found hanging from a beam at her house last Saturday at around 4 a.m. on Shannon Lloyd Crescent in Clarendon.
The family of the deceased are traumatized by the fact that a video showing miss Markland’s body dangling from the beam has been doing the rounds on social media. They are also upset that people who have seen the video has characterized her as wicked and has created their own narrative as to the reason she allegedly took her own life.
Distraught relatives say miss Markland was depressed after the death of her father, she had to bury a cousin shortly after. We have the video but have opted not to post it out of deference and respect to her and her family. Mental illness and depression are real issues which affect untold numbers of people, many of whom suffer in silence.
The grief and deep depression which would cause someone to see no way out forcing them to ultimately take their own life cannot be reduced to someone’s opinion of the deceased. It must be understood against the precious nature of life and the sheer hopelessness which the victim must have felt which caused him/her to end that one precious life.
SCENARIO #1 Imagine being ravenously hungry yet you are close to an Ocean filled with fish but you have nothing with which to catch the fish. No net, no hook, no device or material one could use to create a snare. Chances are you could die from hunger right there, or you can flail away if you are able to swim and hope to catch something to satisfy the hunger. Until of course the hunger pangs begin to gnaw at your gut again.
SCENARIO #2 How about being thirsty at an Oasis and you have to cross the desert, you can drink all you want from the brook but you have no container to carry any of the lifegiving liquid with you? Oh, by the way, you can’t tarry too long by the brook because there are some thirsty travelers who will be coming soon to refresh themselves and they are carnivores. Difficult decisions and near impossible task if you have nothing with which to carry the water right?
Now that I have gotten your attention, I would like you to think about those two metaphors as it relates to the scourge of violent crimes in our country. The moral of my contention is that if you do not have the tools it is almost difficult to complete a task, no matter how simple or urgent the need. The average law-abiding Jamaican living in the Zones Of Special Operations and subjected to the limited State of Emergency would like to see those initiatives continue. Of course, those zones of operations, or (ZOSO’s), as they are affectionately known, (we Jamaicans are enamored with acronyms) requires plenty of human resources and money. ZOSO’s and the State of Emergency are a great strain on the officers who make them possible. A fact which eludes both the planners and the residents who are rightly clamoring for some respite from the daily bloodletting.
Now as you all know there is one little problem with ZOSO’s and the Limited State of Emergency declared in specific areas. They cannot go on forever because they strain constitutional limits in some cases and exhaust financial and human resources in others. Additionally, when those measures are instituted in specific areas the producers of violence simply move to other areas and we end up inexorably looking like we are in a whack-a-mole situation which does no good. Since pulling up ZOSO’s and getting approval for instituting a State of Emergency takes time, and since there are people in positions of power who value the letter of the archaic constitution over the lives of our citizens, it is clear that we have to find other ways to deal with this crisis of violent crimes.
There is no silver bullet with which to eliminate violent crimes from our midst. Dealing effectively with crime will have to be approached methodically and strategically. There is no scenario in which placing huge amounts of security personnel in specific locations will effectively reduce crime for the long term, even if we could afford it. Which brings us to some actual solutions which the governing party is too timid to effectuate and the political opposition is too complicit in its associations with criminals and their lobbies to support. This is not to say that the governing party does not have members who are knee deep in criminal complicity and collusion as well.
POINT #1 Since it is clear that the solution to this problem is not adding more police,(even though more police officers does not hurt), and since it is clear that placing huge amounts of resources in one area results in a conflagration of violent crimes in anothe, it may be time for us to look at the issue in a holistic way.
POINT#2 Reading through this site will provide plenty of solutions for addressing our country’s crime dilemma. The problem is that one party is too scared to use them and the other is too complicit to support real and meaningful crime reduction initiatives.
POINT#3 The Jamaican people are crying out for leadership, that much we know. It is not as if Jamaicans cannot abide by rules or laws when those rules and or laws are followed up with strong consequences for breaking them. The hundreds of thousands, (millions perhaps) of Jamaicans living in the diaspora follow rules. When they decide to not, they pay the price. Jamaicans at home do the things they do because they are allowed to do them.
POINT#4 Steve McGregor an Assistant Commissioner of police spoke to a group at a Stonebrook Vista returning residents’ meeting in Falmouth, Trelawny, last Sunday. McGregor noted: “We have to drive some fear into these youngsters, who are responsible for 95 percent of the murders. This is so because, at this time, we have the worst set of parents ever in Jamaica.” “Older parents were less educated, but they paid attention to youngsters of the day. Older people have to become involved to keep the youngsters on the right track.”
That fear of which he speaks must be fear of the consequences of breaking the laws. The legislation the lawmakers propose focuses on the protection of criminals rather than focusing on the pain of their victims. Legislations are held up to get the input of the very people the laws would bring to heel. This is the dystopian hell in which law-abiding people find themselves. The rights of killers trumps their basic right to life and the ability to live their lives in peace.
POINT#5 Both political parties have been willing and continual enablers of this tragic position in which the country finds itself. Every day the crisis deepens because both political parties are beholden to overly influential lobbies which are hampering effective policing of the nation. No country in western Europe or North America let alone in other regions of the world allow rights lobby to dictate to them how they secure their populations. Jamaica is the only country I know of which fashions its laws in accordance with the wishes of those who advocate for criminals instead of with the interest of the innocent law abiding population front and center. Those who break the laws know they have the law abiding people by the balls and over a barrel. Their political representatives are either criminals themselves or are beholden to the criminal lobby. Either way, the people are ………I won’t say it.
If the ultimate no case submission against the three police officers charged with the murder of Andrew Bisson recently does nothing, it demonstrates that the resources being wasted on INDECOM would be better utilized upgrading the office of Director of Public Prosecution(DPP). The three officers, Detective Corporal Kevin Adams, District Constable Howard Brown and Constable Carl Bucknor were arrested and charged for the killing of Andrew Bisson in a police operation on September 5, 2011.
As the Prosecution’s case ground to a screeching halt like a creaky old automobile whose engine had completed its final revolution, the lead prosecutor, Queen’s Counsel Caroline Hay told the court, the prosecution would be unable to negate the defense’s position of self-defense. If the prosecution was unable, after 8 years to negate the defendant’s claims, [as police officers carrying out their duties], why were they charged and held in custody and subjected to all the attendant negative ramifications which accompany a criminal trial?
Why the case was brought in the first place must be the question, and that question should now be the center of any position forward for the Police Federation, [if for no-one else]? It is imperative that the system of justice be fair to all JAMAICANS, not just the privileged few who dwell in ivory towers above Cross-Roads. In that regard, Jamaicans can least afford to have the voices of those privileged few dominate policy positions as they are the least and last to be negatively impacted by violent crimes. Already there have been some preemptive salvos launched about what should happen to police officers who plant evidence in order to gain convictions. None of those voices have said a single word about how Terrence Williams, Hamish Campbell and INDECOM manipulated a disgruntled constable [Chucky Brown], not only to confess and criminally implicate himself in murders, but to lie on his colleagues.
It was clear during the trial that not only was the evidence before the court shaky but it appeared that the investigating agency INDECOM, produced expert witnesses who were………… let’s just say, less than experts. During the trial, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes the trial judge expressed concern about whether the accused policemen were afforded an objective and fair investigation? Mind you, not a fair trial, but a fair investigation, that ought to give everyone pause. What I haven’t heard is a single peep from any of the self-righteous criminal defense lawyers who have an opinion on everything speak to this comment from the chief justice. The Judge further added critically,[ that it seemed that the accused were being targeted by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)]. Again, its crickets from the usually vociferous self-proclaimed authorities on the law and morality in our tiny ticky-ticky pond. Is justice for everyone but members of the police force?
According to sources in the courtroom, the Defense presented a document which indicated that the error rate for a properly/trained examiner with the required competence is between 3.4% – 6. 5%. Additionally, those who were of substandard training, the error rate is between 15-25%.
Witnesses who testified on behalf of INDECOM disagreed with terminologies and set standards used by renowned experts. One witness, in particular, was unable to agree with clear inconsistencies which were clear even to the untrained eye. Justice Sykes told the Home Circuit Court, in the absence of the jury, that he first became concerned when accused Detective Corporal Kevin Adams and District Constable Howard Brown were identified as ‘Gaza Man’ and ‘Chucky’, respectively, by a Crown witness. That same witness the next day admitted that he made a mistake.
It is important to understand that the experts used by INDECOM were indeed substandard. And that the reason that the prosecution could not even meet the most basic prosecutorial standards which would have forced the three officers to mount a defense, was the incompetence of INDECOM’s own expert witnesses and the weakness of the evidence presented to the court. On these fault lines in the system, the lives and liberty of members of the JCF are being decided by the very testimony given by these individuals on behalf of INDECOM. On these types of fraudulent and concocted evidence, INDECOM is ruining the lives of hard-working police officers who are simply trying to do an incredibly dangerous and difficult job.
From the beginning of the process, which brought INDECOM into existence I argued that before a body like INDECOM is created appropriate levels of resources, (as was economically possible), should be appropriated to bring the Justice system up to credible standards. Which meant, upgrading the police and courts so that delivery of the justice product can be timely and fair, critical requirements for reducing crime. I argued then, despite protestations to the contrary, that creating INDECOM would cause crime to escalate as people would be emboldened to be disrespectful not just to individual police officers but to the collective we refer to as the rule of law. On that alone, I have been vindicated ten times over as INDECOM is turning out to be an out of control albatros around the nation’s neck.
Oversight of the Police is a foregone conclusion. however, there were effective oversight of the police, (several layers) which had greater measurable success beyond anything INDECOM has achieved since it came into existence. The arguments proffered by enemies of the police and those clamoring for INDECOM was that the police cannot police the police. Those catchy buzz terms sounded rather good to those detractors but they never bothered to think about the several civilian complaint bodies which existed pre INDECOM. The narrative was far too juicy, it sounded far too rational, even for some ex-members who clamored for more oversight without understanding the delicate balance which ought to exist between oversight and qualified immunity. What those layers of oversight lacked were agendas antithetical to the good of the nation. INDECOM has no loyalty to the nation, it has no commitment to nation-building, as the JCF has done, giving blood and tears throughout its existence. INDECOM is dedicated to the ego of an egomaniacal narcissist, its mission is geared toward deconstructing the JCF to the delight of those who argued for its creation.
As an aside, what exactly has Antony Anderson done differently, (no scratch that ) done better than the previous two commissioners of police who preceded him? There is no one clamoring for a change of the commissioner of police. Could that be because he was never a police officer? I believe the nation’s dirty drawers is showing on this and the odor is rather obnoxious.
On Tuesday night, a Republican-dominated Senate passed First Step, paving the way for the criminal justice reform bill to clear the House and be signed into law by Donald Trump. The bipartisan bill, which was overwhelmingly passed in an 87-12 vote, is widely considered to the most substantial legislation affecting the federal prison system in decades.
As the New York Times reports, the legislation packages together a number of reforms aimed at reducing recidivism and draconian sentences for people locked up in federal prisons. Under the bill, thousands of federal inmates will be able to have their sentences reduced immediately, and early-release programs and job training will be expanded. Mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders would also be reduced, and judges will be given more freedom to go around mandatory minimums. The bill also ends the practice of shackling pregnant inmates in federal prison, as well as prohibits juvenile solitary confinement in “almost all cases” according to the Times.
The new legislation has been in the works since Barack Obama was in office and has drawn a wide swath of support from liberals and conservatives. Kim Kardashian and Jared Kushner have publicly supported the bill (with Kushner, in particular, being credited with orchestrating Trump’s support), as have the American Civil Liberties Union and a Koch brothers-backed group, Right on Crime.
Because race and America’s penal system are so deeply intertwined, the First Step bill would theoretically have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. The Times noted that one provision of the bill could decrease the sentences of “several thousand drug offenders serving lengthy sentences for crack-cocaine offenses.” During the “War on Drugs” era, black crack dealers were punished far more heavily than white offenders dealing coke. Even a senator like Ted “bury me under a queso fountain” Cruz wasn’t afraid to put that at the forefront in his comments last night. Read more here ; https://www.theroot.com/first-step-is-one-of-the-biggest-criminal-justice-refor-1831214003
In a conversation I had with a friend yesterday on the stubborn crime epidemic in Jamaica, I opined that the problem with our small country is the fact that there is such a high tolerance for criminal behavior and the country is deemed to be 84% corrupt. We can ignore the numbers and pretend that we are a first world country. We may even subscribe to the inane theory proffered by the morons up at Mona that if we simply guarantee killers rights crime will disappear.
On the other hand, while people like myself and others simply want a crime-free country in which children can play in peace and their parents can be all they can be, there may already be too many corrupt people for that to be a reality. That ship may have already sailed.
Delroy Chuck the Justice Minister has placed the issue of Lay Magistrate (JP) front and center since taking over that ministry. The way Chuck sells the Lay Magistrates programme one would walk away believing it is a panacea for the nation’s crime problem. Now, for the record, I am not personally opposed to the (JP) program, it can be a force multiplier in the search for a more law-abiding society. Nevertheless, the corrosive tentacles of politics and the ever-present lure of a quick buck is more than enough to give pause to anyone when we hear the minister talk about this program. And so now we hear that in the Montego Bay Bus park one can have any document validated by justices of the peace who are prostituting their services for a drink or a lunch or two hundred dollars cash.
Now we all know the story with Justices of the peace in Jamaica but I really thought that after all these years since I left law-enforcement the country would be moving forward not backward. In speaking to the ZOSO issue in Montego Bay over a year ago Delroy Chuck by his own [fiat] placed Justices of the peace over the police and gave them the power to decide whether criminal suspects could be held in custody by law enforcement without the say-so of a JP. Now I want you to imagine a scenario in any other country in which ordinary political hacks would be the deciding authority on whether criminal suspects may be detained over the wisdom and authority of the police.
I spoke about the folly of this move at the time, now we hear of the wholesale selling and prostitution of (Governmental seal ) my these miscreant criminals parading as upstanding citizens.
That is the reason why righteous indignation at criminal conduct comes up against such opposition by Jamaicans. We have a possible scenario of two situations. (a) either there is a silent majority of law-abiding citizens out there or (b) the pool is filthy and we have already lost this beautiful Island. When we can no longer differentiate between wrong and right when we celebrate convicted felons and malign those who risk life and limb to defend others they do not know we may already be too far gone.
Look, we can talk all the shit we want to now and continue with the pretense, (you know what I mean with your faux patriotism)? But when the rubber meets the road, everyone in Jamaica values the ability to travel outside the small 4’411 square mile Island. So set aside your bullshit patriotism and recognize these facts. When the International community has no faith in the documents signed by the Government about who you are, or your criminal history they close their doors. When they close their doors our country essentially becomes a failed state and your pretentious asses stay put where you are. That’s what’s at stake here.
Days ago we asked that you the citizens help the police to find this killer who summarily and callously murdered Lincoln Graham a hard working security Officer as he did his job at a commercial entity in Portmore Saint Catherine.
We do not yet know all the facts but we are reliably informed that this piece of garbage has been apprehended by the police and is in custody.
The information we have so far indicates that he was captured in the Old Harbor Bay section of the Parish. As more information becomes available we will update this post. In the meantime, we salute the police for moving with haste to capture this real danger to the society.
Unfortunately, for the family of the decedent, Mister Graham, justice is not guaranteed as this piece of garbage will be in the system and the liberal system which favors his kind will do all in its power to ensure that he does not face justice.
This is the reason I personally advocate for a different brand of justice for these killers when we have no doubt that they did what they are accused of doing and we know that the system is dead set on working on their behalf. Nevertheless, we thank all who worked to make this arrest possible.
The mindless thug who summarily murdered a security officer Lincoln Graham is still out on the streets going about his business as if killing someone is no big deal. Unfortunately, Jamaicans are so desensitized to these horrific murders that they split hairs about murders being committed in other countries rather than agree that one murder of our fellow countrymen is one too many.
This is the lowlife piece of garbage who murdered Lincoln Graham, hopefully the police will find him and bring justice to him for the family of that security officer who went out to earn a living the right way for himself and his family and had his life taken from him by a piece of useless garbage.