Incident Involving Moronic Sprinter Highlights Huge Gaps In Basic Policing Protocols….

The recent incident involving a Jamaican sprinter (who shall remain nameless outside the video tag, because he does not deserve to have his name mentioned, at least in this medium), and police officers, continue to highlight the huge gaps in basic policing protocols.
This is not about the little lout who clearly believes that owning a car and being able to run makes him something special.
That kind of ignorance is larger than the individual sprinter, it is a cultural malignancy which will only be fixed through public education campaigns, proper training and best practice adherence by officers.

The incident in question began with a vehicular stop in which the occupants, including the sprinter, was asked to leave the vehicle so that an ad-hoc vehicular search could be executed.
As the Corporal conducted the search and seemed to have a legitimate desire for transparency, a-la the filming by one constable, the entire episode was painfully reminiscent of a skit from the theatrical circuit.

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A Florida traffic stop

The behavior of the imbecilic sprinter, who has since offered an apology to the police, is to be expected, after all, this is Jamaica a county in which every moron is above the law, or so they feel.
This corporal and his team clearly could be good officers in a police department which has competent leadership.  However, this JCF continues to be a leaderless theatrical caricature of actual policing, clearly incapable of offering the men and women on the streets the focused leadership they need and deserve.

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Washington state traffic stop

As a consequence, the public, including the men in this video, believe they have a right to be hyped when dealing with officers.
I cannot recall ever hearing the police high command register support for the actions of its officers on the streets, outside of this instance.
This time the small team of three had a video which forced a response from the high command, bravo to the officers on that.
Unfortunately, the grudging support of the brain dead high command must be processed in the context of what was wrong with the entire cinematic episode and not some nugget of what may have been right from this pantomime.

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NYPD traffic stop.

Jamaica’s terrain is conducive to motorists remaining in their vehicles when they are pulled over by police.
(1) There are decades, and a multiplicity of instances in which motorists alight from vehicles, shoot at police and simply disappear in bushes and gullies.
In the instances in which police are able to respond with force, they are oftentimes left without evidence to justify the use of lethal force because the culprits have in fact escaped with their weapons.
This particular trend helped to create mistrust of the police and has helped to foster the general lawlessness in the country, something the incompetent high command has done nothing to remedy.

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You get the picture .

(2) The unavailability of adequate backup in a timely manner as well as the shortage of resources and lack of proper training of officers also militate against motorists being allowed to leave their vehicles when stopped by police.
There is no data which supports allowing motorists leaving their vehicles when pulled over by police, certainly nothing which would come close to adequately countering the need for them to remain in their vehicles.
That is the reason why police departments across the developed world adhere to these best practices. In Jamaica, the need to adhere and adapt is far more pressing.
Despite this, the police high-command does nothing to change this practice!

The attempt of the officers in this video to police themselves through the use of cell phone and other cameras is commendable, even as it left the team vulnerable to being exploited in this instance. In one instance the officer doing the filming had his back turned to one occupant of the vehicle. If these men wanted to exact cost on those officers we would be having a whole different conversation about this traffic stop.
Mind you, I won’t bother to delve into the whole painful episode of the corporal’s inane “Jamaican ambassador“. statements, It was just too painful to watch. Maybe its time to stop hero-worshiping those who run fast.
If this debacle is worthy of praise, we must expect that Jamaica will continue to experience the levels of crime it has been experiencing with the same and escalated impunity going forward.

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Then there are the Jamaican cops.

An integral part of policing is the authority officers exude through the execution of proper protocols. Many Jamaicans have traveled overseas and have seen how it is done. Others have been deported having experienced effective policing, whether one agrees or not. Then there are social media platforms which are rife with citizen/police encounters, those wishing to show out or break the laws are constantly probing for lapses and ways to breach police defenses.
It is the responsibility and indeed the duty of police leadership, not just to keep abreast, but be steps ahead of those who would transgress the nation’s laws.
On this issue, the police hierarchy has been woefully inadequate and incompetent.

 

Despite the protestations of support for these glaringly regressive practices, what is abundantly clear, is that insofar as effective respectable and professional policing is concerned, the JCF is light years away from where it ought to be.
If we are celebrating the fact that these officers did not ask for a bribe, then we need to say so, because this encounter certainly is befitting a timeslot on the cartoon network.

 

 

 


“Jamaica No Problem My Ass”!(video)

 

Far from accomplishing the desired result of fewer murders and violent crimes ,the measures adopted by the Government to date has demonstrably only accomplished a thin veneer of safety to a few Jamaicans.
My comments are never designed or intended to castigate, rather, they are intended to guide policy-makers toward a different way of accomplishing their goals.

 

I know this is gets boring and repetitive, I understand how many Jamaicans both at home and in the diaspora feel like simply throwing up their hands,accepting the current state of affairs as the new normal, the way things have to be.
Only, that is not true.

 

Over the years we have watched helplessly, mouths agape, as violence and aggressive behavior have been normalized in our society. Violence and the acceptance of it as an effective conflict-resolution tool, are now a thing.
The popular culture has not only normalized it through music and theater, it has become a way of demonstrating the bona-fides of impressionable young men across the Island.
The media not to be outdone, has aided in the malignancy by inculcating into its own day-to-day reporting, praise and adoration for the culture, co-opting the street’s vernacular into its presentations.

 

The political class on both sides of the divide, not interested in strong effective leadership, have simply cosigned and adapted to the norms created by the youths and as a consequence continue to preside over the rapid and inevitable disintegration of the Jamaican society.
Instead of leading, policymakers continue to co-opt and pursue paths which makes enforcing the laws more difficult and breaking them less consequential.

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The Institutions of law continue to deteriorate, though not for a lack of willingness to uphold their oaths, by most in those agencies, but out of a lack of legislative leadership.
The Police, the office of DPP and others all struggle with carrying out their mandates, despite an incredible shortage of resources and Legislative support.
One can easily understand how a poor developing country could have difficulty providing adequate salaries and equipment to these critical arms of the Government.
What is not readily understood is the continued addition of more government agencies which militate against the effective administration of justice.

 

(INDECOM), The Independent Commission of Investigations and the Public Defender’s Office, both have hostile agendas which are antithetical to the nation’s law enforcement.
In addition to that, there are unprecedented levels of human rights meddling in Jamaica’s legislative process which are having disastrous consequences for the rule of law, and peace and tranquility on the Island.
As a consequence, despite the well know ills of other nations including right there in the CARICOM region, the vast majority of Jamaicans would emigrate if only they could. Those who say they want to stay may be construed to be those with political power and others who have the rest of the population living under the terror of their bootheels.

We do not own the rights to this video.
The above video gives an indication of what is happening as entire families are massacred whenever these hoodlums feel like it, sometimes up to seven lives extinguished in one fell swoop.
Groups of police officers, though well armed themselves finding themselves engaged in gunfights which lasts for hours.

 

There are some who argue that there are killings everywhere. There is no denying that in the United States, for example, a country with more guns than people, the regular massacre of large groups of people are rather common. There may even be legitimacy to the arguments that successive Administration in the United States  [Republicans]have refused, [Democrats]unable to get support to effect meaningful change to the nation’s gun laws
What is undeniable is that despite the self-serving way Conservatives in the United States interpret the 2nd amendment to the constitution,  violent offenders have no hiding place when they commit crimes.

Our country has long transitioned from one with a high murder rate to one in which heavily armed thugs exact their will on entire communities with precious little push-back from the government.
The stark reality is that despite the show of force, by way of the use of the bodies of police officers and soldiers, there is really a systematic hacking away at the firewall which is supposed to protect innocent people from these marauding thugs.

 

On the one hand the Police are hamstrung through the lack of resources and remunerations but on the other hand, the same government which employs the police employs, pays and empowers others to throw up critical barriers to the police ability to do their work.
On the rare occasion that the Police and prosecutor’s office are able to put away a murderer, the appellate court always seems to find some technicality on which to overturn those convictions.
On that basis, popular murderers are generally guaranteed a get out of jail card. It may not be free but get out they do.

 

All told, the efforts of Government may be construed to look like they are working for the safety and security of the common man but a closer look reveals that they are enhancing and empowering murderers.
The pretentious nature of the average Jamaican who graduated from high school to those indoctrinated at the intellectual ghetto is a perfect storm which has existential consequences for our country.

 

Before we show our smiles to the rest of the world under the stupid and inane mantra “Jamaica no problem” we may want to clean the garbage from our house and put out the trash.
The murderers have enough people working hard on their side, it is time that good and decent Jamaicans have someone on theirs.

 

A DISTRESSED MAN CAME TO A POLICE STATION LOOKING FOR HELP. HOURS LATER, HE WAS IN A COMA

 

Earl McNeil’s family is demanding answers from the National City, California, police department.

 

A photo of McNeil in the hospital in the days after his interaction with the National City Police Department that was blown up into a poster for Tuesday’s protest

 

 

In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26, Earl McNeil, a 40-year-old African American man with a history of mental health issues, walked up to the telephone attached to the front of the police department building in National City, California. According to police, McNeil told the dispatchers on the other end of the phone that he was high, had a warrant out for his arrest, and “wanted to kill Jesus.”

The National City Police Department is housed in an imposing concrete building on National City Boulevard, the main thoroughfare of the low-income, a predominantly Latinx city that sits just to the south of San Diego, and a little more than 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. It was a few miles from where McNeil had been living, according to his relatives. Prompted by the conversation with dispatchers, officers met McNeil outside the police station, and soon after arrested him on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs.

When McNeil was taken out of the station several hours later, he was secured in the stiff nylon blanket and restraints known by police officers as the “WRAP.” Officers put him in the back of a police car to check him into San Diego Central Jail for processing. But by the time he arrived at the jail, McNeil was in medical distress, and he died 16 days later.

His death has sparked an outcry from family members and community activists who have demanded more information from the police about the circumstances of his death.

At a City Council meeting on June 19, Rodriguez listened to comments from community members with a visible smirk on his face, enraging advocates and McNeil’s family members

An unexplained death

McNeil’s family is desperate for answers about what happened on May 26. According to a spokesperson from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, McNeil was “rejected” for booking by the sheriff’s department, and remained in the custody of the police department. “The Sheriff’s Department cannot comment on what may or may not have transpired while he was in the custody of NCPD,” the spokesperson told The Appeal. After he was rejected by central booking, paramedics were called to assist him—and McNeil lost consciousness soon after they arrived, according to a statement released by the police department.

The red courtesy phone outside the National City Police Department that police said McNeil used to contact them
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But the police have released limited details about the incident, despite a growing public outcry—nobody camera footage, no names of officers involved in McNeil’s arrest, no surveillance footage from the precinct itself. The results of McNeil’s autopsy have yet to be released to the family, although the police chief told the San Diego Union-Tribune that preliminary information from investigators present during the autopsy found that there was no trauma on McNeil’s body.

McNeil’s family isn’t so sure. Photos they took while he was in the hospital show bruises to his head and lacerations to his body that they believe were caused at some point during the hours he was in National City police custody.

In the statement released in the days following McNeil’s death, the police said that McNeil was “intentionally hurting himself” during the trip to the county jail, despite being confined to the WRAP. The police did not respond directly to the family’s allegations or to a request for comment from The Appeal.

Tammy Davis, McNeil’s aunt, said she had to leave a meeting with the police chief, Manuel Rodriguez, because he kept smiling, and he refused to apologize for or elaborate on what happened to McNeil when he was in custody.

“There was a smile on the chief’s face and he was shaking his head. Every question we asked, he couldn’t give an answer,” Davis said. “He had a smile on his face from the time we started the meeting to the time we left the meeting.” Rodriguez did not respond to requests for comment.

At a City Council meeting on June 19, Rodriguez listened to comments from community members with a visible smirk on his face, enraging advocates and McNeil’s family members (Rodriguez disputes that he was smirking and instead says he was just trying to keep a “calm” face.) At the same City Council meeting, Tasha Williamson, a community activist who has been working with the McNeil family, was arrested after she went over her allotted speaking time and refused to leave the podium.

She said the police’s assertion that he hurt himself is ridiculous. “I was horrified by their statements because we had actually gone to the hospital the day they pulled the plug and saw his body,” Williamson said. She wants to know why they won’t release footage from his time in custody. “It just feels like a cover-up. It feels like they think we’ll go away.”

All body camera footage captured by the National City police is accessible by the San Diego district attorney’s office. The police department’s policy for officer-involved shootings is not to release the video “until the district attorney’s independent review of the incident has been completed and the findings have been provided to the law enforcement agency involved.” The police department could not confirm if the same policy applies to surveillance footage, or whether there’s a different policy for incidents involving arrestees injured while in custody.

Last month in Sacramento, police released body camera video of a man who died in police custody just a week after his death and released extensive surveillance footage within the month.

A Distressed Man Came to a Police Station Looking for Help. Hours Later, He Was In a Coma.

Trinidadian Police Officer Sets Himself And Car Ablaze (graphic Video)

 

 

Suspended Special Reserve Policeman Sgt Gary Alexander had been living in his car for several months after the court awarded his wife Debbie occupation of their marital home at Avocat Village, Fyzabad.

A quarrel over the property on Sunday morning is what police believe is what may have triggered off the homeless Alexander to attempt suicide by setting himself on fire in the car which he called home.

President of the Police Social Welfare Association (PSWA) Insp Michael Seales said he did not know the circumstances of the court award but understands that Alexander had been living in his car for the greater part of the year since he was ejected from the marital home.

“He had no fixed place of abode,” Seales confirmed in a telephone interview.

He said Alexander’s situation was not known to the PSWA before Sunday because he was an SRP and out of the system after being charged with malicious damage and attempted arson.

Seales said representatives from the PSWA were assigned to visit Alexander to determine how best they can assist.

“At this time, I have no report on his circumstances. The officers on a fact-finding mission. I am waiting for them to present us with something so we would know how best to assist. We don’t know if there are children, how many, it is promotion time we don’t know if the children are of school age if we may need to assist with books.”

Newsday understands that Alexander and his wife Debbie had two children.

Sources at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) told Newsday Alexander continues to fight for his life. “He suffered 75 percent burns to his body and remains in a critical condition. He is warded at the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital,” the source said.

Oropouche police are investigating the circumstances under which the SRP allegedly set himself ablaze outside his home at Jebodhsingh Avenue, in the presence of his wife Debbie and their two children Shenise and Jacy.

Eyewitnesses told the police that shortly after 10 am Alexander drove up before the house. They said their peaceful Sunday morning was disturbed by loud talking mixed with expletives between Alexander who was on the roadway and his wife who was in the gallery. Read more here: https://newsday.co.tt/2018/07/09/fireball-cop-was-living-in-his-car/

 

The remains of the officer’s car.
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The shocking charred body of the officer after he set himself ablaze.
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Chicago’s Abusive Police State Is Untenable

 

The CPD’s latest deadly use of force leaves little wonder why some hope for a future without cops.

Protestors yelling at Chicago police officers.
Demonstrators in the South Shore neighborhood protesting the shooting death of 37-year-old Harith Augustus have a heated exchange with police on Sunday in Chicago.
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Early Saturday evening, a Chicago police officer shot and killed Harith Augustus, a 37-year-old black American barber working in the neighborhood where the police had confronted him. The Chicago Police Department released body-camera video that shows Augustus becoming agitated after being surrounded and grabbed by officers. As he attempts to flee and appears to reach for a gun in his waistband, an officer begins firing on him, and Augustus falls. In a statement, the CPD said that Augustus—who had a firearm license but no permit for concealed carry—had initially been approached for “exhibiting characteristics of an armed person.”

The bodycam footage of the confrontation was released Sunday morning, after a night of protests that began when an agitated crowd of nearly 100 gathered at the scene of the shooting not long after Augustus was killed. A series of scuffles broke out between protesters and responding officers who later began assailing some in the crowd with batons as bottles and rocks were thrown at them. The video was released alongside official talk about the need to jump ahead of misinformation impugning the conduct of the CPD officers who confronted Augustus. “We can’t have another night like that,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told the press. “If we don’t get in front of things, the narrative will spin out of control.”

In truth the CPD lost the benefit of the doubt some time ago. There are, indisputably, a lot of bad apples in the Chicago Police Department. This has always been so. Investigators have spent years uncovering the 20 years of torture and abuse by officers under the command of Jon Burge, who sought confessions from more than 100 black men through suffocation and genital electrocution with cattle prods, among other methods. Another infamous cadre of officers, the Skullcap Crew, has been accused dozens of times of physical and sexual abuse and harassment in Chicago’s old housing projects and has been named in more than 20 federal lawsuits. All but one Skullcap Crew member are still active on the force today. In November, Cook County prosecutors dropped 18 convictions for 15 men arrested under the authority of Ronald Watts, a CPD sergeant who routinely ordered his subordinates to plant drugs and falsify police reports. Joshua Tepfer, an attorney with the University of Chicago Law School’s Exoneration Project representing 63 other men who say they were also wrongfully arrested by Watts, told the New Yorker’s Jennifer Gonnerman that hundreds more may have been framed, in a story published by the magazine in May.

The malfeasance within the department goes well beyond the activities of isolated crews of rogue officers. In 2015, the Guardian reported that over the previous decade, more than 7,000 people—6,000 of whom were black—had been detained under allegedly abusive conditions at a secret warehouse in the city’s Homan Square neighborhood without access to attorneys or public knowledge of their whereabouts. In 2016, the CPD revealed that 80 percent of the dashboard cameras equipped by its squad cars could not record audio and that 12 percent had experienced “video issues”—technical problems caused, they said, by “operator error or in some cases intentional destruction.” “Chicago Police Department officers stashed microphones in their squad car glove boxes,” DNAinfo Chicago’s Mark Konkol and Paul Biasco wrote in a review of dashcam maintenance logs. “They pulled out batteries. Microphone antennas got busted or went missing.”

Dashcam footage, with its audio missing, proved crucial to adjudicating the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old black teen, in 2014. The video—released in the fall of 2015 after a monthslong legal battle between a local journalist and the city—showed that McDonald had been shot 16 times as he was walking away from officers. McDonald had been accused of lunging at responders in incident reports written by three CPD officers set to face trial later this year for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and official misconduct in their attempt at a cover-up.

The McDonald shooting triggered an overdue Department of Justice investigation into the CPD’s practices. The DOJ’s report, released in January 2017, charged that the CPD routinely violated the Fourth Amendment with its deployments of force, including “numerous incidents where CPD officers chased and shot fleeing persons who posed no immediate threat to officers or the public” and “tactical decisions that unnecessarily increase the risk of deadly encounters.” The report also examined and criticized several nonlethal encounters including the tasing of a 16-year-old girl who was asked to leave school for using a cellphone and the tasing of a woman in a “mental health crisis” who had “stiffened” and stopped responding to verbal instructions. The report paints a picture of a department whose officers have been given free rein to terrorize and abuse black Chicagoans they happen to come across. This is particularly descriptive of officers who would pick up black children and teens in their vehicles for questioning:

We were told by many community members that one method by which CPD will try to get individuals to provide information about crime or guns is by picking them up and driving them around while asking for information about gangs or guns. When individuals do not talk, officers will drop them off in dangerous areas or gang territories. We reviewed a publicly available video that appears to capture one instance of an officer displaying a youth in police custody to a group of individuals gathered in a rival gang territory. The video shows CPD officers standing around a marked CPD vehicle with the back doors wide open and a young male detained in the rear. Officers permit a crowd of male youths to surround the car and shout at the adolescent. The crowd can be seen flashing hand gestures that look like gang signs and threatening the cowering teenager in the backseat.

[…] The video does not show any legitimate law enforcement purpose in allowing the youth to be threatened. Residents told us that this has happened for years, with several individuals recounting their personal experiences. A young black man told us that when he was 12 or 13 years old, he and his friends were picked up by CPD officers, dropped off in rival territory, and told to walk home. Another black teen told us that his brother was picked up in one location, dropped off in another location known for rival gangs, and told: “Better get to running.”

According to the DOJ report, 98 percent of the more than 30,000 misconduct complaints that had been brought over the previous five years had not resulted in any penalties for the officers accused. And some of the complaints that had were resolved through “mediation” deals that allowed officers to acknowledge some level of misconduct in exchange for reduced penalties before the conclusion of full investigations into their behavior. Half of the mediated cases from 2013 to 2015 were cases of alleged excessive force or domestic violence. Of mediations in the case of domestic violence, the report noted that the practice “allows abusers to avoid meaningful punishment, which may empower them to continue the cycle of abuse.”

As of April, the city of Chicago has fully implemented only 20 of the 99 recommendations for reform outlined in the DOJ’s report. It’s plausible that more progress might have been made under the terms of a federal consent decree with the department that would have given the city’s reform efforts federal oversight. That’s unlikely under the Trump administration. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of existing oversight agreements for cities around the country last March, and he hasn’t taken much of an interest in Chicago’s policing beyond blaming the American Civil Liberties Union’s anti–stop-and-frisk advocacy for the city’s spike in homicides in 2016. Chicago will instead negotiate a consent decree with the state of Illinois, and the city has reached an agreement with the ACLU and various community and activist organizations that will allow those groups to provide input both during those negotiations and in the reform implementation process.*

It is plain that abuse—for Trump and most of his supporters—is part of the tool kit necessary to beat back the phantasm of “American carnage” or, at worst, the regrettable but inevitable consequence of brave and commendable police officers trying to do so. The president and his supporters argue that those who speak out against police violence and the racial inequities of the criminal justice system are by contrast too fixated on race talk to do anything about the violence plaguing their communities. This narrative both erases constant, dogged anti-violence work and activism happening within black communities—like the massive demonstration that shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway just over a week ago—and implicitly advances the idea that unrestrained state violence should be visited upon black people who are by implication lawless and untamed. Of course, the wanton lawlessness present in departments like the CPD—the sadistic violence, the codes of silence—make them rather similar to the gangs the law-and-order crowd wants so dearly to stamp out.

It should come as no surprise that criminal justice politics post–Black Lives Matter and post-Ferguson has given rise to activists who want to raze the framework of policing itself to the ground. In Chicago, a community of activists like Mariame Kaba and organizations like the Black Youth Project 100 have been driving forces behind a movement for police and prison abolition, advancing a vision of a future in which unarmed mediation, community-administered justice, and intensive efforts to fight poverty and inequality obviate the need for law enforcement as currently conceived. It’s still a largely amorphous vision, but one, activists point out, with seeds in the already-existing culture within heavily profiled minority communities of avoiding calls to the police at all costs.

It’s also a vision now supported by the Democratic Socialists of America, who backed a resolution calling for the abolition of police and prisons at their national convention last August. The calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, one of the centerpieces of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign and now the subject of legislation in Congress is best understood not only as a proposal shaped by our current immigration policy debate, but a rhetorical and ideological cousin of the left’s interest in rethinking policing completely. It’s not at all clear how far that push will go or how many Americans will sign on to the project. But the status quo—in Chicago and too many other cities besides—is no longer tenable.

Update, July 16, 2018: This sentence has been updated to clarify the status of Chicago’s consent decree with the state of Illinois.

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“Popcaan”(video) Eerily Reminiscent Of What Police And Innocent Civilians Face At The Hands Of Imbeciles Like These

 

There is much back and forth regarding a video in which a Jamaican so-called disc jockey who goes by the moniker “POPCAAN” is seen firing two weapons.
On the one hand, he fires a weapon which appears to be an AR15 then simply drops the weapon on the ground and pulls a semi-automatic weapon from his waistband and commences to fire the weapon as he jumps around like a previously caged monkey happy to be free from bondage.

In a statement, Popcaan’s management team said they wanted to assure fans that the “gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialized facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice”. According to the deejay’s handlers, he was at the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Ontario, Canada where the entertainer had been on tour at the time.

Whether the shooting occurred in Canada or Cassava piece what we witnessed was a lunatic careless misuse of weaponry the maniac had no business handling.
The moronic display regardless of where he was, was a case study in how never to handle dangerous weapons and why those dangerous weapons should be kept out of the hands of imbeciles.

The way in which he discarded the automatic weapon after use and the mindless discharge of the handgun is eerily reminiscent of what Jamaican police officers and innocent civilians face at the hands of these moronic cretins.
As for the arguments that this was done in a supervised setting,, that gibberish makes a mockery of any sane person’s understanding of what constitutes a safe and supervised setting.

Body Of Man Found Floating At Sea Around Paradise Westmoreland (video)explicit Language

 

Michael Annon, 29 years old, Mason/Security Guard of Sheffield, Westmoreland was discovered floating in the sea at Paradise Westmoreland. Reports are that fishermen saw the body of Annon afloat and summoned the police.
The body was retrieved and it was discovered that the hands and feet were bound.
A stone was tied around the neck and the body had what appeared to have two (2) gunshot wounds to the forehead.
The Police are investigating.

 

 

 

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This Is What Police Are Doing In Trump’s America(video Inside)

This is what’s happening in Lancaster county Pennsylvania, while in Maryland a white mass shooter killed five people yesterday and was taken into custody without a shot fired.
He was not assaulted or tased, they simply took him into custody without incident.

The FBI has long warned that police departments all across America are being infiltrated by neo-nazis and white supremacists. As far as we know nothing has been done about it. In fact, it appears that prosecutors and the courts have gone out of their way to both avoid charging these murderous fascists for the crimes they commit, or convict them on the rare occasion that they have murdered maimed and seriously assaulted people of color.

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Despite these warnings, the FBI itself has gone out of its way to report on a fictitious strawman which exists only in their minds.
Black identity extremists”  a term coined by the FBI to legitimize law-enforcement attack on Black people whom it says are likely to attack law enforcement officers.

Not only is there no such group, all attacks against police are by white shooters. All of the mass shootings being carried out in schools and other workplaces across the country are being done by white terrorists not people of color.
This kind of escalation, in order to abuse citizens through the use of unwarranted force. It is a direct result of what Donald Trump told them to do.

NYPD murderous cop Daniel Pantaleo

This is not happening in the abstract, it is happening right here in New York State. Eric Garner was baited and harassed simply for selling loose cigarettes before he was murdered by NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo on Staten Island.
The then district Attorney destroyed the case by having a corrupt and fraudulent grand jury decide that the murderous Pantaleo would face no charges despite what we all saw with our own eyes, murder in real time.
The district Attorney Dan Donovan is now a member of Congress, Pantaleo has not faced justice and Eric Garner is still dead.

Killings In Clarendon (graphic Images)

 

You have seen me talk about the maddeningly outrageous sentences meted out by Jamaican judges even as the country continue to be drenched in blood.
A mother beats to death her two-year-old toddler for defecating on herself. A retarded judge gives her a  three -year sentence suspended for two years.

Murderers who are arrested by the police are summarily granted paltry cash bail and returned to the streets, regardless of the fact that they were already on bail for having murdered and had gone back to kill, sometimes up to six separate times.

Instead of fixing these glaring inconsistencies in the justice dispensation process the brain-dead decision makers will lecture you on the virtues of securing the rights of murders. Never mind that the murdered and assaulted parties had their right to life and safety taken from them without anyone speaking on their behalf.

Shockingly, as gangsters continue to murder whomever they want without any visible or discernable fear of the law, the authorities continue to embark on a process which may only be characterized as the response of the people who pretended that the naked emperor was in fact clothed.
Those in the diaspora who brave the killings and return to settle are targeted by gangsters, sometimes with the aid and blessings of their relatives and are usually viciously and senselessly murdered.

The murders are generally carried out in the most graphic and barbaric of fashion. They simply wash away the blood and continue on as if they never existed.
We have been talking about these contradictions which are easily fixable in our country, yet administrations of both the JLP and the PNP have ignored the seriousness of the consequences of crime on the society, focusing instead on adding more and more layers of oversight to the already feckless police department rendering it even more useless to the fight at hand.

We have decided that wherever possible we will bring you the graphic images of what is really happening even while the world’s attention is hijacked and forcibly diverted to the carnival in Washington DC.
We can in no way continue to pretend that this wanton and gruesome way of life is normal. We cannot continue to hide these images and pretend that we do not have problems. We simply cannot continue to hide these factual images while pretending that it’s not so bad, all the while telling ourselves that there are killings everywhere.

I call on the legislature to stop playing politics with this existential problem and get to the task of drafting, debating and passing laws which make it clear that killings, rapes, violent crimes will no longer be tolerated.
At the same time, it is imperative to attach mandatory minimum sentences to violent crimes, thereby removing from the Island’s criminal-loving judges the ability to set murderers and other violent felons free with the slightest of slap on the wrist even for murder.

These images are graphic and life goes on but how long can we ignore the constant bloodshed?

The court’s sabotage of the process has over the last several decades contributed to the nation’s crime trajectory. It has undoubtedly created and aided malaise and apathy in law-enforcement on the one hand and on the other hand created corruption in some members.
The average law abiding Jamaican are left to wonder whether they will ever again have a life when they can live their lives in ways that are less than caged animals dreading the butcher’s knife.
This situation can be remedied all is required is the will to do it but both sides of the political divide must stop pandering to the faux forces of human rights which have set up shop in our country.

“Motivated By Anti-Muslim Animus”: Must-Reads From Justice Sotomayor’s Dissent On Trump’s Travel Ban

 

 

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on allowing travel from six countries in a major decision that inspired outrage from the court’s liberal justices. In a separate written dissent joined only by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor used Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric about Muslims to underscore the “stark parallels” between the majority opinion and one of the high court’s most shameful moments: Korematsu v. United States, the decision that upheld Japanese internment during World War II. .

“A reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus,” Sotomayor wrote. “The majority holds otherwise by ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens.”

In the majority opinion, the justices explicitly overruled the 1944 Korematsu decision, but Justice Sotomayor rejected their arguments, saying that their actions “merely replaces one ‘gravely wrong’ decision with another”

In the intervening years since Korematsu, our Nation has done much to leave its sordid legacy behind … Today, the Court takes the important step of finally overruling Korematsu, denouncing it as “gravely wrong the day it was decided.”…This formal repudiation of a shameful precedent is laudable and long overdue. But it does not make the majority’s decision here acceptable or right. By blindly accepting the Government’s misguided invitation to sanction a discriminatory policy motivated by animosity toward a disfavored group, all in the name of a superficial claim of national security, the Court redeploys the same dangerous logic underlying Korematsu and merely replaces one “gravely wrong” decision with another.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote the majority opinion and dispensed with the religious debate in order to focus solely on whether Trump satisfied the demands of the Immigration and Nationality Act. In response, Sotomayor argued that Trump’s executive order should have been struck down based on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which ensures that the government “cannot favor or disfavor one religion over another.”

In reaching that conclusion, Sotomayor flatly rejected the government’s request to ignore Trump’s multiple statements about Muslims and his earliest description of the executive order as a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US. “Given President Trump’s failure to correct the reasonable perception of his apparent hostility toward the Islamic faith, it is unsurprising that the President’s lawyers have, at every step in the lower courts, failed in their attempts to launder the Proclamation of its discriminatory taint,” Sotomayor wrote.

Sotomayor compared Trump’s many broadsides against Islam, which comprise several paragraphs of her dissent, with the Court’s recent 7-2 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, noting, “The Court recently found less pervasive official expressions of hostility and the failure to disavow them to be constitutionally significant.” In the aftermath of the Masterpiece case, some legal experts had suggested that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s ruling, which depended on hostile statements made about religion by Colorado public officials, might foreshadow his rejection of Trump’s travel ban on similar grounds. It didn’t.

Sotomayor said Trump’s order fails to even clear the standard set by “rational-basis review,” the lowest bar of judicial scrutiny, because the “administrative review” undergirding it is too unconvincing in its aims and secretive in its process to distinguish the order from its public history as a Muslim ban.

She was similarly unconvinced by the government’s contention that the travel ban did not target Islam specifically, calling the inclusion of North Korea and Venezuela on the list of prohibited regions “insubstantial, if not entirely symbolic.” The order still “overwhelmingly targets Muslim-majority nations,” she wrote, adding that the US “remains wholly unable to articulate any credible national-security interest that would go unaddressed by the current statutory scheme absent the Proclamation.” If anything, the benefits of such an order would be redundant given existing immigration vetting protocols, she argued.

As a fine point in concluding her dissent, Sotomayor borrowed an approach popularized by her late, conservative colleague, Justice Antonin Scalia. When he especially disagreed with a Court ruling, he would dispense with traditional protocol and end his dissenting opinions without the usual “I respectfully dissent” in favor of some plainer language. Sotomayor opted for the harsher option: “Our Constitution demands, and our country deserves, a Judiciary willing to hold the coordinate branches to account when they defy our most sacred legal commitments. Because the Court’s decision today has failed in that respect, with profound regret, I dissent.” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/06/sotomayor-dissent-trump-travel-ban/

 

 

Man Murdered On Construction Site

 

This man lying face down was reportedly murdered on a construction site this afternoon. Details are still sketchy, we will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.

Police report that the deceased is sub-contractor Keith Osbourne, 56, otherwise called ‘Smoker’, who was murdered in Palmers Cross last Thursday.

Osbourne, who is from New Harbour Village in St Catherine, was said to be conducting repairs with his team in the area when he was approached by armed men who shot him multiple times.

The streets report that Osbourne has deep political connections and contrary to the police sanitized description of the deceased he is a “Don” in the area. Word on the street is that there are threatened repercussions for his death.
Story updated.

Ass-wipe Judge Courtney Daye Gives Murderous Mom Suspended Sentence For Beating Baby To Death.

 

THERE IS NO OVERSTATING IT, YOU SIMPLY CANNOT MAKE THESE THINGS UP. BUT FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH WE SIMPLY HAVE TO KEEP BRINGING THESE THINGS TO THE FORE.

Fifty-three (53) year old Delreta Smith of a Clarendon Address beat her two-year-old baby to death because the child defecated on herself.
Never mind that for all practical purposes that is exactly what most two-year-old babies do.

Nevertheless, the mother of 12 – two of whom were born after the gruesome death of two-year-old Sherene Smith in 2006 – was in the May Pen Hospital awaiting surgery when the judge Courtney Daye handed down the sentence which may only be summed up as insane and an invitation for mothers who may be distraught and or stressed to simply beat their children to death.

In one of the most egregious instances of judicial misconduct, the moronic asswipe of a judge sentenced Smith to three years in prison then spat on the baby’s grave by suspending the sentence for two years.
Threee years suspended for two years for the brutal and callous murder of a two year old infant! Simply put, if she stays out of trouble for two years, she will not spend a single day in prison for slaughtering her infant child.

Asswipe judge Courtney Daye who gave murderous mom suspended sentence

In seeking to justify what he clearly knows is an indefensible act, he robed asswipe tried to explain away his actions. Daye said he took into account the fact that Smith pleaded guilty on the first relevant date and is entitled to a 50 percent reduction in her sentence. “There is a public outcry against violence towards children and other vulnerable persons, but this is not the worst case of manslaughter. It is not a case of neglect or constant abuse,” he said. He noted, too, that the case had been before the courts for 12 years (11 years in the parish court) and that she has no previous convictions. “If her trial had proceeded in a reasonable time and she was given a custodial sentence, she would have served it and be out already,” Daye reasoned.

This is part and parcel of the policy push of Justice Minister Delroy Chuck. A policy which has zero to do with justice and everything to do with appearances that the system is functioning properly.
If you are not outraged as I am you are definitely a part of the problem.
This monster of a judge fell hook line and sinker to defense lawyer Sean Kingston’s wiles when he stated to the court  “She is fighting a particular illness and may not have long with us”.
What the fuck does any of that have to do with the killing of this helpless, innocent child?
If she was that sick how could she have beaten her kid to death and worse why is she still alive twelve[12] years after murdering the poor baby?

This is what obtains as a justice system in Jamaica the criminal paradise of the world, a place where you go to commit murder and walk away Scott free.

If you do not find this reprehensible you may be among those who support ripping away children from their parents because they dare to seek asylum. The totality of the Judge’s reasoning in his own summation is encapsulated in these sentences.

(1)” It is not a case of neglect or constant abuse”.  As long as a murderous parent does not systematically abuse a child(as per this judge) it is really not a big deal if you beat and kill your child in a one-off situation.
(2) The case had been before the courts for 12 years. What does it matter how long the case has been before the courts? In many cases, the delays are a direct result of collusion between these very judges and defense attorneys with a view to having the case tossed out eventually.
(3)If her trial had proceeded in a reasonable time and she was given a custodial sentence, she would have served it and be out already, Really? So because of the length of time, the case languished in the system the offender is entitled to a mere slap on the wrist? Is it any wonder this judge did not simply toss the case? More importantly, what he is saying is that if the case was decided from the time it was brought she would have served prison time and would have been released already. This statement is telling because it reveals exactly how these communists think. three years  for murdering a child!

This story has been updated since it was first posted.

Judge Revokes Bail For White Collar Crimes/Jamaican Judges Release Murderers On Bail Daily


 

 

Judge revokes bail for white collar crimes/Jamaican judges release murderers on bail daily.

 

With our inordinately high Jamaican crime rate, it seems to me it would be a good idea to use whatever legislative, judicial and other tools we have available to help the front line workers and by extension provide a much-needed respite from the bloodletting.

I say this to say that the legislative part of our Government has a duty to propose, debate, and pass meaningful legislation which is commensurate with the complex capabilities of today’s criminals.
At the same time, I understand the pull of populism in politics and the need to disagree with and oppose everything the other party does. By doing so legislators have condemned our citizens to continue to be subjected to an inordinate crime rate by dumbing them down to accepting a blinkered zero-sum black or white perspective to problem-solving.

Simply put Legislators can come together with a commonality of purpose and pass tough laws that actually serve as a deterrent to crime. The Government (opposition included) can come together to ensure that law enforcement is given the tools to do the job right while holding them responsible and accountable.

These are not black and white issues the solutions to complex issues are generally found in the grey. Additionally, Judges can begin to honor their oaths of office by demonstrating fidelity and good stewardship to the public’s trust.
The continuation of the shocking and disgraceful practice by judges who convert the criminal justice system into a revolving door cannot be overemphasized.

How are we to have faith in the system when a motorist who deliberately mow down and kill a police officer who lawfully signaled him to stop is given a (16) sixteen-month prison sentence? What could be the justification for such abusive use of judicial power and how is it even possible that this is allowed to stand?
The answer to some of these questions lies in the misguided perception which exists within the framework of judicial independence.

 

The Independence the judiciary is given comes from the people. Those are codified into laws defined and passed by the people. It follows therefore that the people have a right and a responsibility to alter, or change those laws when they are no longer serving the purpose for which they were intended.,
If the judiciary is allowed to operate outside of oversight and control of the people, then given enough time, it is itself in danger of becoming a behemoth which is antithetical to the interest of the people.
We may already be at that point.

It is important to remember that Paul Manafort is only accused of committing white collar non-violent crimes. If a judge right here in the western hemisphere is sufficiently aware that she understands the need to protect the people from a non-violent alleged white-collar criminal, why is it that Jamaican Judges are acting outside statutory laws and common-sense by releasing violent murderers back onto the streets as soon as the police manage to arrest them? As a consequence they go back to murdering witnesses and those to whom they are opposed, How then do we expect to lower our murder numbers and make Jamaica a place in which investors and business people want to live, raise their families and do business?

 

When the judiciary is allowed to release dangerous killers back onto the streets after they are arrested after killing and being arrested on six separate murders we are at that point.
When the judiciary is allowed to continue to make the strawman argument that bail is not supposed to be punishment we are already at that point because the law speaks specifically to when bail may be denied pre-trial.

Trump left and Manafort

After being granted bail with strict conditions for alleged non-violent white collar crimes Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was remanded to Federal custody by US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson last Friday.
The Feds allege that Manafort made attempts to tamper with witnesses who are slated to testify in the Government’s case against him.
Understanding her role in the dispensation of Justice Judge Berman-Jackson exemplified judicial responsibility.

The harm, in this case, is harm to the administration of justice and harm to the integrity of the court’s system,” Berman Jackson told Manafort in court.
This is not middle school. I can’t take his cellphone,” she said of Manafort. “I thought about this long and hard, Mr. Manafort. I have no appetite for this.”
Manafort’s trial is set to begin in September, meaning Manafort may spend the remainder of time locked away pending his trial and if convicted he may be looking at a very long prison sentence. At age 69 it is not a stretch to imagine that Paul Manafort may never be a free man ever again.
His friends were “shellshocked” in the wake of the judge’s decision to revoke his bail in light of the new indictments.

 

Whether Judge Berman Jackson meant that she had no appetite to restrain Manafort’s freedom beyond those already imposed or that she has no appetite, for his behavior she nevertheless fully understood the burden of her responsibility to ensure that the people’s case against the accused is respected.
And so she had precious little choice in sending him to jail, even though her hands were not tied by a mandatory clause in the Bail Act forcing her to do so.
That is how judges are supposed to act, not acting in their own interest based on their narrow world-view.

 

 

 

 

Videos Show California Cop Shoot Fleeing Man On Bustling Sidewalk

 

“I don’t feel safe being around the streets with officers shooting people,” a resident said.
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Four newly released videos of a San Francisco police officer shooting a fleeing man in the back as he ran by pedestrians add details to an episode that enraged onlooker

 

The officer fired after he saw that the man, Oliver Barcenas, “drew a firearm from his waist,” the San Francisco Police Department said Thursday in a press release. The gun, which is not visible in the videos, was a .45 caliber Glock equipped with a laser sight and extended clip, according to police.

The videos, taken from surveillance cameras and body-worn cameras, were released by San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott on Thursday at a town hall meeting. They captured the shooting and the aftermath when an angry crowd surrounded the officer and shouted profanities.

The videos raised many questions at the town hall meeting. Police say the officer fired only after seeing Barcenas pull out a firearm. Critics contend that the officer acted recklessly.

“Those videos do not look good,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents District 3, where the shooting took place, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

An undated photo of Oliver Barcenas released by the San Francisco Police Department.

The episode unfolded just after midnight on June 9, as many people in North Beach celebrated the Golden State Warriors’ NBA title win.

Police said two officers were on patrol when they saw four men standing on the corner of Grant Avenue and Vallejo Street. The men, according to the police press release, had “an open alcohol container in public violation.” One of the officers approached the men while the other parked their patrol vehicle.

In the video from one officer’s body-worn camera, audio is activated as he approaches the men. While he questions them, Barcenas takes off on foot along Grant Avenue.

Warning graphic videos

Body-Worn Camera 1

Body-Worn Camera 2

Surveillance Camera 1

Surveillance Camera 2

The officer pursues Barcenas, and seconds later Barcenas removes his jacket. Police said this is when he reached for a gun. At this point in the video, as they run past several people, the officer fires two rounds from his service weapon, and Barcenas falls to the ground.

Moments after shooting Barcenas, the officer reports on his radio, “Shots fired. We’re going to need medics.”

In the video the officer asks Barcenas, “Dude, dude, dude, you all right?”

At no point does the officer or his partner, who runs up after the shooting, attempt to provide medical assistance to Barcenas, who is clearly unconscious.

A crowd begins to gather around the officer, with one person shouting, “What the fuck you doing?!”

“Back up, homie,” the officer responds. “Back up.”

Several others in the crowd repeatedly shout at the officer, “Fuck you!”

When other officers arrive on the scene, the officer who fired his weapon says, “He had a firearm. I don’t know where it is … He had, like, a TEC-9.”

The videos do not appear to show Barcenas holding a gun. Nor do they show officers retrieving a pistol from him. Police later released a photo of the gun he was allegedly carrying.

Barcenas, 28, remained in Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Friday. Police say he was shot at least one time in the back. The hospital has reportedly declined to release information on his condition.

He faces multiple charges, including delaying an officer, carrying a concealed firearm, exhibiting a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to San Francisco’s KPIX-TV, Barcenas is well known to authorities. He was shot three times by another San Francisco police officer during a 2012 foot chase, after reportedly pulling out a loaded TEC-9 with an extended magazine.

Scott said he released the videos in the interest of transparency.

Although several people were nearby at the time of Saturday’s shooting and were not injured, attendees of Thursday’s town hall questioned the officer’s actions, according to the Chronicle.

“I’m very concerned about the shooting,” said 62-year-old Theresa Flandrich. “I would’ve hoped there would’ve been some awareness that there are other people here. It’s just shocking to me to see this.”

Natalie April, 24, said the videos are upsetting.

“I think you can tell from the video he was scared, and I don’t feel safe being around the streets with officers shooting people,” she said. “I think it’s beyond disappointing. I’m floored.”

The San Francisco Police Department’s general order on use of force states that officers may use deadly force only “as a last resort when reasonable alternatives have been exhausted or are not feasible to protect the safety of the public and police officers.”

The district attorney’s office and the city’s Department of Police Accountability are conducting independent investigations.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/videos-california-cop-shoots-fleeing-man-bustling-sidewalk_us_5b242238e4b056b2263a0e19

 

Bench/Bar And Other Parts Of The Justice System Equally As Filthy Corrupt As Police High Command

 

The criminal justice system is a complex web of different agencies which ought to work cohesively together for the fair and timely dispensation of justice in order that a democratic society may have a chance to survive.
At the tip of the spear is the police who are the very first judge of events, they are given wide latitude to de-escalate and even ignore some minor infractions generally by issuing a warning. That latitude does not include discretion to ignore or forgive serious crimes.

Then there are the prosecutors and defense lawyers, judges, court stenographers and others who make the court system work, then there are others who work on social reports which ought to allow the court the ability to arrive at just and correct sentencing . Prison officers who work to ensure that those who are incarcerated are looked after and the list goes on and on.

Nevertheless, despite the phalanx of different professionals who make the justice system churn along there is a general attitude in our country which seem to believe that if the police department is fixed and all of a sudden becomes the best it can be the criminal justice system will begin to operate as a well-oiled machine.

This is the furthest thing from reality, the fact of the matter is that the Prison system, the local bar, and the bench are all just as broken as the police force. The Government is embarking on a process of reforming the JCF and frankly, that cannot happen soon enough. Even if the JCF is renamed rebranded and retrofitted to be the best it can be, the fair and equitable dispensation of justice will only be a distant dream with the other broken parts of the justice delivery system still in shambles.

National Security Minister Horace Chang said reform of the JCF will not only entail technological improvements or a simple name change but will be about establishing a robust accountability framework, enhanced capacity building, culture change and improvement in the standards of service delivery. “We are far advanced with the drafting of the legislation to govern the new police service as well as an effective oversight mechanism for policing functions. The legislation is scheduled for tabling in Parliament this legislative year.

The private bar is equally as broken, every year there are never-ending tales of innocent Jamaicans being fleeced out of their hard-earned resources by lawyers. Generally, these lawyers who know how to manipulate their way around the law are hardly ever held accountable.
On the rare occasion that they are arrested, they are given special treatment by the courts.

Take the case of 68-year-old Attorney at law Jennifer Messado, In one instance, she is accused of defrauding Jamaican entertainer Mavado of $30.7 million while in the other she is accused of swindling $28.6 million from St Andrew businessman Norman Horne and his sister Charlotte.

Horne, who is executive director of ARC Properties, and his sister were allegedly defrauded of $28.6 million which was reportedly paid over to Messado for a property located on Argyle Road in St Andrew, and owned by the Sports Development Foundation.
The court heard that Messado told the complainants that she was retained by the foundation to conduct the sale. However, it was later discovered that the company had not retained Messado and that the property was not for sale.
Messado, who was out on a $800,000-bail, was rearrested on Tuesday after two separate reports of fraud were lodged against her in relation to fraudulent land transactions.

Courts are generally inclined to rearrange or rescind bail when offenders re-offend while on bail. Not so in Jamaica, this attorney was once again allowed out on bail even though the people argued that Messado is a flight risk. She was allowed out with the condition of reporting daily to the police and surrendering her travel documents.
That ought to take care of everything, after all, no criminal has ever fled Jamaica after their travel documents have been confiscated.[sic]

Then there is the case of Andrew Brown who in 2016 mowed down a police inspector, who was carrying out duties in the parish of Trelawny,
Inspector Gibbs who was in charge of the Clark’s Town Police and was a 30-year veteran of the JCF was conducting traffic checks when he signaled Andrew Brown who was driving a motorcar to stop.
Brown refused, gunned the engine instead and mowed down and killed the police officer and kept going. After learning that he was wanted by the police, Brown turned himself in the following day.
Brown eventually pleaded guilty and the court imposed a sentence of …… 16 months in prison!

This is the most shocking and egregious example of judicial misconduct I have ever seen in all my life working in law enforcement and now as an outsider looking in.
This verdict is an unmitigated slap in the face of the JCF and the families of police officers all across the country. Despite the shocking disrespect the verdict represents it is even worse when it is considered against the chilling message it sends to police that not only are their lives worthless to criminals they have no value in the courts either.

The elitist talking heads can talk all they want but Jamaica is understood to be a haven for criminals and a magnet for all who want to embark on a life of crime. Simply put many on the bench are precious little more than criminals themselves.
So let’s stop with the pretense about fixing the police force, the bench the bar and all other agencies of the dispensation of justice are just as filthy as the hierarchy of the JCF, imagine that.

Laser Focus Needed To Root Out Corruption From Gazetted Ranks Of Police Force

 

 

The stories are far too many, far too complex to be documented, yet the allegations of bullying and abuse by the gazetted ranks of the (JCF) form an integral part of the reasons that the Jamaica Constabulary Force(JCF) is having a difficult time attracting quality recruits and an even more difficult time retaining those it has trained.

More importantly is the stubborn and intransigent cancer of corruption which the majority of  Jamaicans are led to believe is centered at the level of the cop on the street who shakes down motorists over some traffic infraction.
Literally, every person who ever passed through the (JCF) has a distasteful story to tell about the bullying, sometimes illegal tactics of the gazetted ranks toward subordinate members of the department.
This does not mean that all of the men and women who ever attained the rank of Assistant Superintendent to Commissioner of Police have all been corrupt bullies. However, for the most part, it does seem that to a certain extent those criteria are requirements for upward mobility.

The pivotal space between the Rank and file and the gazetted ranks is the rank of Inspector. It is generally understood that Inspectors expect that they are next in line to be promoted to the gazetted Rank and so even though they are considered rank-and-file they are a considered a disaster to the men and women whom they supervise.
This writer has had my run-ins with several members of the gazetted ranks, as a result, I decided rather early that under no circumstances would I allow this corrupt incompetent system to decide my future.
Life is simply too precious and too short for that.

If I have written one article I must have written a dozen in which I talked about the corruption of the hierarchy of the police department, a sad indictment which is, unfortunately, tarnishing the men and women of the lower ranks who risk their lives to protect the country.
For the most part, it is the senior ranks of the police departments who send their juniors to cover private jobs while theY collect large sums of money from private entities and the constables and corporals see not a red cent.

Senior police officers embarrass their junior colleagues by reprimanding their colleagues in front of their civilian friends, usually for daring to do their jobs the correct way. Of course, junior members of the force are transferred at the whim of commanders who are doing the bidding of their civilian friends who run afoul of the law and are held to account by lower ranked officers.
This writer was not immune from that kind of collusion between DCP Ebanks and member of Parliament Carl Samuda.
My crime was making damn sure that criminals did not operate in my sphere of responsibility when I was stationed at the Constant Spring Police Station. My Transfer was not my only dust-up with members of the gazetted big-foot brigade.
One SSP Cowan, a female Inspector whose name eludes me now, as well as Superintendent Brooks are just a few who tried to bully me but found out rather quickly that- that was not such a good idea.
Nevertheless, my attitude when transferred was that regardless of where they sent me I would be doing police work. I never emotionally tethered myself to any branch or station. Wherever they sent me I would be doing police work so they really had precious little power over me for the 91/2 years of my service.

The challenges facing the police in the streets are exponentially and unduly increased by the stress placed on them by their seniors.
To a certain extent, many from the rank of Assistant Superintendent upward would like to pretend that they are not police officers. They are quick to hog the limelight and the praise but are nowhere to be found when it comes to being accountable.

 

MAKING THE ROUNDS

Constabulary Station 


Montego Bay Police 


St. James 


May 31, 2018 

Sub-Officer i/c Traffic 

Re: Incident that occurred on Friday May 25, 2018 at the Montego Bay Police 
Station about 11:00am involving Senior Superintendent of Police W. Campbell 
commander in charge of St. James, Inspector A. Thompson Sub Officer in charge of 
Traffic St. James, #10680 W/Sgt K. Griffiths Sub Officer in charge of Training 
St. James, #16349 Constable C. Thompson, Erroy Gordon driver of the motor 
vehicle and a man I only know as the owner of the motor vehicle 

On Friday May 25, 2018 about 11:00 am, I was summoned to a meeting 
with the commander in charge of St. James. Present in the meeting at the time 
was Inspector A. Thompson and W/ Sgt K. Griffiths. I paid my compliment to the 
commander in charge and properly introduced myself to him. 

He started the meeting by informing me I wasn’t on trial so I 
needed not to worry. He then asked me to give an account of an incident that 
took place on the previous day to which I complied. He then asked me which act 
gave me the power to issue that ticket. I then explained to him that the driver 
had committed an offence under the road traffic act and I prosecuted the driver 
accordingly. 

He then asked me to read a document signed by the Senior 
Superintendent of Police in charge of traffic at the time dated June 10, 2004 
which speaks to seizure of vehicles being moved from the Wharves by the Police. 
See attachment of document labelled appendix 1. He then again asked me after I 
read the document what gave me the power to ticket the motorist. I then again 
explained to him section 10.1 of the Road Traffic Act which states “a motor 
vehicle shall not be used on the road unless there has been issued in respect of 
the vehicle, and prior to the licensing of the vehicle, by a Traffic Area 
Authority, a certificate (in this Act referred to as a certificate of fitness) 
that the prescribed conditions as to fitness are fulfilled in respect of the 
vehicles, and such certificate is in force in respect of the vehicle”. At this 
point, Inspector A. Thompson said to the commander in charge that technically I 
was right to prosecute the motorist. The commander then turned to Inspector A. 
Thompson and said I cannot be technically right, its either I am right or wrong 
and I am wrong to have issued a ticket to the motorist. 

I then observed the commander in charge going on his phone talking 
to someone. I heard him asking if they had reached and should come straight up 
to his office. About a minute after while still in the meeting, I heard a knock 
on the door and two males entered. One I could identify as the driver of the 
motor vehicle which I prosecuted and a man not known to me at the time but later 
identified himself as the owner of the motor vehicle. 

At the point, the commander in charge then invited both men to have 
a seat and the driver should give an account of what happened. The driver then 
began to give his account of what took place. Half way through his account of 
what happened the commander asked him to stop and said in the presence of 
everyone in the meeting that clearly I was wrong to issue such a ticket and if 
both men were to contest the ticket in court, the Jamaica Constabulary Force 
would be embarrassed. He further went on to apologize to both men on my behalf 
for my actions. He then turned to me and stated that I had damaged the 
relationship between the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Cars To Go Limited. 
Shortly after, I heard the commander in charge asked both men for the copy of 
the ticket I had issued to the driver to which I observed the driver handing the 
ticket to the commander in charge. The commander then turned to me and 
instructed me to hand over the copies I had in my ticket book to which I 
complied by handing them to him. However I am still in the possession of the 
police copy which will be attached to this report labelled appendix 2. I then 
observed the commander handing all four copies of the ticket to Inspector A. 
Thompson stating he should take care of them. Everything was done in the 
presence of everyone in the meeting. The commander in charge then thanked the 
men for attending the meeting and they left. 

The commander then turned to me and said that this was the same reason 
why the document labelled Appendix 1 was drafted because police always make up 
offences and try extort motorist and the only difference with me was that I 
didn’t ask the man for money he further states that he wasn’t even sure if I 
didn’t asked because he never remembered to ask the driver. I then said to him I 
have no intentions of extorting anyone and he should have asked to which he 
replied by saying that was good. 

The commander then turned to Inspector A. Thompson and myself and said 
I should be taken off frontline duties, I should start attend probationers 
lecture for a three months period every Tuesdays and Thursdays, I should be 
transferred to Cells for a three months period and a report shall be drafted up 
from both the sub officer in charge of training and cells after these periods 
has elapsed about my conduct. He then ended the meeting. 

His actions whilst in the meeting left me feeling embarrassed in the presence of 
my sub officer in charge, training officer and that of the civilians and I feel 
I am being punished for the lawful execution of my duties. 

Due to his actions I strongly recommend a transfer from this 
division because I’m not comfortable under the leadership of this commander 
since I have lost confidence in his ability to lead. 

Submitted for your information and appropriate actions. 
Constabulary Station 
 
                                                                                                                                                     
Montego Bay Police 
 
                                                                                                                                  
St. James 
 
                                                                                                                                         
May 31, 2018 
 
Sub-Officer i/c Traffic 
 
Re: Incident that occurred on Friday May 25, 2018 at the Montego Bay Police 
Station about 11:00am involving Senior Superintendent of Police W. Campbell 
commander in charge of St. James, Inspector A. Thompson Sub Officer in charge of 
Traffic St. James, #10680   W/Sgt K. Griffiths Sub Officer in charge of Training 
St. James, #16349 Constable C. Thompson, Erroy Gordon driver of the motor 
vehicle and a man I only know as the owner of the motor vehicle 
 
              On Friday May 25, 2018 about 11:00 am, I was summoned to a meeting 
with the commander in charge of St. James. Present in the meeting at the time 
was Inspector A. Thompson and W/ Sgt K. Griffiths. I paid my compliment to the 
commander in charge and properly introduced myself to him. 
 
               He started the meeting by informing me I wasn’t on trial so I 
needed not to worry. He then asked me to give an account of an incident that 
took place on the previous day to which I complied. He then asked me which act 
gave me the power to issue that ticket. I then explained to him that the driver 
had committed an offence under the road traffic act and I prosecuted the driver 
accordingly. 
 
            He then asked me to read a document signed by the Senior 
Superintendent of Police in charge of traffic at the time dated June 10, 2004 
which speaks to seizure of vehicles being moved from the Wharves by the Police. 
See attachment of document labelled appendix 1. He then again asked me after I 
read the document what gave me the power to ticket the motorist. I then again 
explained to him section 10.1 of the Road Traffic Act which states “a motor 
vehicle shall not be used on the road unless there has been issued in respect of 
the vehicle, and prior to the licensing of the vehicle, by a Traffic Area 
Authority, a certificate (in this Act referred to as a certificate of fitness) 
that the prescribed conditions as to fitness are fulfilled in respect of the 
vehicles, and such certificate is in force in respect of the vehicle”. At this 
point, Inspector A. Thompson said to the commander in charge that technically I 
was right to prosecute the motorist. The commander then turned to Inspector A. 
Thompson and said I cannot be technically right, its either I am right or wrong 
and I am wrong to have issued a ticket to the motorist. 
 
             I then observed the commander in charge going on his phone talking 
to someone. I heard him asking if they had reached and should come straight up 
to his office. About a minute after while still in the meeting, I heard a knock 
on the door and two males entered. One I could identify as the driver of the 
motor vehicle which I prosecuted and a man not known to me at the time but later 
identified himself as the owner of the motor vehicle. 
 
            At the point, the commander in charge then invited both men to have 
a seat and the driver should give an account of what happened. The driver then 
began to give his account of what took place. Half way through his account of 
what happened the commander asked him to stop and said in the presence of 
everyone in the meeting that clearly I was wrong to issue such a ticket and if 
both men were to contest the ticket in court, the Jamaica Constabulary Force 
would be embarrassed. He further went on to apologize to both men on my behalf 
for my actions. He then turned to me and stated that I had damaged the 
relationship between the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Cars To Go Limited. 
Shortly after, I heard the commander in charge asked both men for the copy of 
the ticket I had issued to the driver to which I observed the driver handing the 
ticket to the commander in charge. The commander then turned to me and 
instructed me to hand over the copies I had in my ticket book to which I 
complied by handing them to him. However I am still in the possession of the 
police copy which will be attached to this report labelled appendix 2. I then 
observed the commander handing all four copies of the ticket to Inspector A. 
Thompson stating he should take care of them. Everything was done in the 
presence of everyone in the meeting. The commander in charge then thanked the 
men for attending the meeting and they left. 
 
         The commander then turned to me and said that this was the same reason 
why the document labelled Appendix 1 was drafted because police always make up 
offences and try extort motorist and the only difference with me was that I 
didn’t ask the man for money he further states that he wasn’t even sure if I 
didn’t asked because he never remembered to ask the driver. I then said to him I 
have no intentions of extorting anyone and he should have asked to which he 
replied by saying that was good. 
 
         The commander then turned to Inspector A. Thompson and myself and said 
I should be taken off frontline duties, I should start attend probationers 
lecture for a three months period every Tuesdays and Thursdays, I should be 
transferred to Cells for a three months period and a report shall be drafted up 
from both the sub officer in charge of training and cells after these periods 
has elapsed about my conduct. He then ended the meeting. 
 
His actions whilst in the meeting left me feeling embarrassed in the presence of 
my sub officer in charge, training officer and that of the civilians and I feel 
I am being punished for the lawful execution of my duties. 
 
            Due to his actions I strongly recommend a transfer from this 
division because I’m not comfortable under the leadership of this commander 
since I have lost confidence in his ability to lead. 
 
Submitted for your information and appropriate actions.

……………………………………………………………………………………..

I do not have all the facts and as such I will withhold judgment until this matter is fully investigated. We understand that the Police Federation is highly incensed about this incident and correctly so.
In the meantime, the Commissioner of Police should get up off his backside, (no more learning on the job) and figure out the facts of what occurred and if this is true as outlined by this officer that senior officer should be made to find work at the car mart.

At the very least, regardless of what comes out of whatever investigations will be done in this matter, the SSP has done an egregious wrong to his subordinate.
The question is not whether the ticket is valid, that is a matter for the courts to decide not for the SSP to decide.
Police officers issue citations all across the globe every day. Some are thrown out some are upheld,that’s how it works. It is for the administrative authority to decide the validity of the allegations based on existing law, not the police hierarchy.
(1)The SSP had no legal or administrative authority to convene a meeting in his office with representatives of the company to which the ticket was issued.
(2) The SSP had no right to subject the constable to be in that illicit meeting.
(3) The SSP had no right to embarrass his subordinate in front of civilians against whom he had issued a ticket.
(4) The SSP had no authority to penalize the constable even if the ticket issued had no standing in law. (A competent leader would have apprised his subordinate on the law in a respectful and nurturing manner)
(5) The SSP had no legal authority to punish the constable in this matter.
(6) The SSP is wrong,(even if the ticket was unwarranted)  clearly, he has vested unscrupulous ties to the car-mart.
(7) The SSP had no legal authority to alter, damage, or destroy the ticket or the ticket book, to exonerate his accomplices. (see former [SP] James Forbs).

This Article has been updated.

Half-off-justice For Jamaican Killer Who Callously Shoots Woman In The Face Twice..

 

 

I recently wrote two articles in which I sought to highlight the grave injustice being done to the rule of law and the system of justice in Jamaica by the Delroy Chuck justice ministry.
The Chuck Justice ministry under the guise of freeing up court dockets has engaged in two counterproductive practices which benefit murderers and other criminals and ignores the sensibilities of crime victims.
(1) Sentence reduction day (2) expunging criminal records. Both practices help those who commit crimes even as the country is swamped with violent crimes and inundated in lesser crimes the lion’s share of which the system cannot even bother to prosecute.

Sentence Reduction Day A Travesty Which Ignores Victims Sensibilities…

The hyper-partisans faux patriots were quick to pounce stupidly labeling me with every pejorative in their vocabulary. They never bothered, or were able to debate the pros and cons of my arguments so they resorted to ad hominem attacks.
In fact, some of my friends argued that I simply had not done the necessary research or I would have seen that as it related to turning criminals back onto the streets it was confined only to people who were caught with a ganja spliff.

Jamaica: Expunging Criminal Records Will Have Disastrous Consequences For Country’s Credibility

For the record, I make no distinction between expunging criminal records[a] (unless the person’s record being sanitized has stayed out of trouble for at least 20-years) and [b] reducing the sentence of murderers simply because they make a guilty plea as is administered in this cavalier and cynical way.

Though this does not cause any outrage in Jamaica, the case of murder against  Christopher Johnson in a Kingston courtroom should elicit howls of condemnation from well-intentioned people everywhere.
Johnson was charged with the murder of Elaine Lawrence whom he fatally shot in the face as she tried to defend her daughter.
The trial judge Vivienne Harris flippantly offered the murdering monster the option to decide whether he wanted to plead guilty to non-capital murder and serve a 10-year prison sentence or be convicted and having to do 20 years.

This writer has long advocated for mandatory minimum sentences for murder and other violent crimes. Last year alone Jamaican police reported that there were 1616 murders reported to them. This figure does not cover other shootings in which the victims were not killed or may have died days or weeks later.
Given these facts, the conventional wisdom would suggest a strengthening of the Island’s laws instead of making these reckless concessions to murderers.

The callous lack of deference that this process represents to those murdered and their families is remarkable considering that in other jurisdictions family members of murdered victims are given tremendous respect and deference in the criminal justice system.
As I stated in the first article above, embarking on a willy-nilly process of half off justice is in and of itself prejudicial and injurious to the process of justice because it creates the unintended prospect of encouraging more murders and the practices which clogged the courts’ dockets in the first place.

 

Christopher Johnson pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Elaine Lawrence in the face twice merely for standing up to him in defense of her daughter.
Johnson’s Lawyer told the court that the daughter of the slain woman said “things” to his client. “She was dissin’ [disrespecting] him and dissin’ him big time.”
A shocking admission of guilt which is not a plausible criminal defense but an egregious justification for a cowardly and dastardly act by a common murdering punk.
Even though this accused have spent four years in prison a 14-year prison sentence for capital murder ought not to be an acceptable sentence for that level of barbarism.