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 taht 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.
Recently, Minister of National Security Horace Chang stated that when his party took power they inherited, a glorified security guard company, (speaking ofthe Jamaica Constabulary Force(JCF)). I was unsure how to process that statement. On the one hand, the JCF’s leadership have been woefully lacking, derelict, incompetent even, in executing the leadership the agency needs. Furthermore, even with the woeful lack of resources given the department, the high command has not demonstrated the kind of forward thinking necessary to maximize the resources at its disposal. But the JCF has never been about hard results, its focus throughout its existence has largely been about form rather than substance. Sure, the agency can put on a smart drill parade to impress the Island’s bourgeoisie and the poor commoners.
Officers of all ranks can be counted on to look smart in their impractical colonial-era uniforms, performing all kinds of tricks and sometimes stunning feats to the delight of the upper class. All of this is reminiscent of the spectacle of the old Roman amphitheaters in which gladiators performed to the death, to the delight of the upper class. But when the time comes for the JCF to be a modern evolving law enforcement agency which has strategic goals and tested strategies to go after criminals that is where the agency falls short.
On the other hand, the men and women who do the grunge work cannot be faulted for the incompetence of their leaders. Poor things many would not even understand that the leadership of the agency do not care about them and are only in it to secure their own interest. Nevertheless having thought through the Minister’s statement I wrote a response and I stand by that response today. Regardless of how Chang’s statement was viewed, his words could have been more artful, less disrespectful. In seeking to make political hay out of the fact that the previous administration had not done due diligence to law-enforcement, the sorry little man threw in a little uncalled for disrespect to the men and women of the force. Understandably, the rancid bellicosity inside these little partisans makes decency and respect impossible.
Now having said that, pejoratively comparing Jamaican police officers to [security guards] may not be such a disrespectful thing after all. In many cases, the guard’s uniforms are better and more practical than that of police officers. Many are paid better than police officers. Their interest is paramount to their employers, who do not put them out there on their own without a support structure. Their employers are not part of the process of commission and omission which places their interest and well-being in jeopardy and exposes them to prison and ridicule for doing what they are sworn to do.
In the recent death of [King Alarm]security guard Lincoln Graham in a shootout in Portmore St Catherine .King Alarm executives acted in a way that the Police High Command could only dream of. Responding to the shooting death of their colleague and employee.
STATEMENT FROM KING ALARM
“We confirm the tragic and most unfortunate fatal shooting of one of our dedicated security officers.” “Preliminary investigations suggest that officer Graham displayed remarkable bravery in the carrying out of his duties, and he sadly paid the ultimate price for his bravery and heroism.” “Officer Graham’s heroic actions, in the face of the most adverse of circumstances, no doubt helped to protect the lives and property of others, and he died doing what he pledged to do many years ago – serve and protect.” “We at KingAlarm have already reached out to Crime Stop and encourage those with information relating to this heinous crime to share it anonymously with them by calling 311, or to do so directly with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), which has already commenced investigations.” “We thank our clients, members of the public and colleagues from within the security industry for their outpouring of support during this difficult time, as we mourn the untimely passing of a member of our KingAlarm family.”
When has the JCF ever stood up and made a statement as forceful, concise and unequivocal as this when a brave police officer gives his life in service to his country? Does the leadership of the JCF even know how to put together a statement of this caliber? That is the question. I’m beginning to think that what Horace Chang meant for harm and disrespect may actually be a badge of honor. I salute all police officers, members of our military and security officers. You are the good guys who put your lives on the line in defense of others, even those who do not deserve it. Horace Chang being front and center, a recipient of what he does not deserve. As you strive to secure the country this holiday season for both the just and the unjust, remember your families. Make sure that whatever you do, give enough thought to the well being of your own families, it is up to you to look out for their welfare. No one else can be counted on to do so.
I am a constant critic of the JCF’s senior leadership which(a) loves to make statements to the press it generally cannot back up.(b) speaks out of turn on critical investigations and (c) sits in offices rather than be out on the streets supporting the men and women under their command.
This little list of areas in which I cannot agree with the police high command is by far not the only disagreement that I have as someone looking in. Certainly there are many areas that the police high command can deliver a better quality of service to the silent majority of Jamaicans who are not law-breakers and who want to stand with their police officers.
Nevertheless, when I observe any glimmer of hope that at least one member of the senior fraternity gets it, I am obligated to bring it to you just as I bring the criticisms. So let’s shout out a “good job” to this senior officer who is out there on a bicycle doing the rounds. Good job officer.
The $15 million drug bust at Regents Gardens apartment complex in Westmoorings on Tuesday, has been linked to a St Ann’s businessman with close ties to one of the suspects held for the drug seizure.
The businessman was under surveillance for several months and investigators believe he carried on a lucrative and brisk trade involving marijuana and cocaine between TT, other Caricom countries and North America.
The man is believed to have very close ties with criminal elements in Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. According to intelligence sources, the drugs may have entered Trinidad on Monday night close to a businessplace in Carenage.
The illegal port of entry which is close to a gas station in the West is also believed to be the area where drugs are usually dropped off. Newsday understands the drugs was supposed to be re-packaged to be sold locally, in the Caribbean and in North America.
The five who were detained following the seizure of the drugs at the apartment were first taken to the Four Roads Police Station but later removed to different stations in Port of Spain Division.
On Tuesday at 11 am, a joint team of officers from the Special Operations Response Team acted on information went to the apartment where the drugs were found. It is believed the drugs originated from Venezuela. No charges have been laid as yet and investigations are ongoing. (Source: newsday.co.tt)
Having served in the JCF for a brief ten years I have been a vocal critic of the Agency in areas in which I know it can be better despite the challenges it faces. I am also a staunch supporter because I know we desperately need law enforcement if we are to survive as a nation.
And so for us Jamaicans, not of mal-intent, it is important that we come together for the greater good of our country. It is with that in mind that I wrote an article in response to the Public Defender, Arlene Harrison-Henry’s partial submission to a select committee of the parliament on a raft of issues to include the treatment of prisoners in custody and that public body’s perceptions regarding the State of Emergencies declared and in effect in select areas.
Although the (OPD) said it’s submission was not complete, I thought that there were areas in which the Public Defender had dipped its nose that was vastly outside its remit. What was clear to me is that like Earl Witter and [stand-in] Matondo Mukulu before her, Arlene Harrison-Henry’s understanding of her role and that of her office was one which was created to be antagonistic toward law -enforcement. This may or may not be so, it could also be that [Arlene Harrison-Henry] who came from the Bar Association is merely acting-out what are natural instincts evident in many lawyers to be unprincipled rapacious vultures rather than principled officers of the court.
Nevertheless, in writing a response I tried to steer clear of specifics, conversant that the oftentimes inept Constabulary, should itself confirm or refute the claims made by the Public Defender. In fact, I was hoping that a response would come from the JCF which systematically rubbishes the claims made by the Public Defender. That response came today in a no-nonsense response from the commanding officer Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony Morris, who is the officer in charge of the SOE.
Speaking to local media (SSP) Morris rubbished specific areas of Harrison-Henry’s report on the number of children in police custody and other areas. Arlene Harrison-Henry lied to the Parliament that there were some 105 children up to the age of 17 detained as of October 31. SSP Morris refuted that claim,“At no time did we ever have that number of children in custody.” Police records show that in January, 10 children were in custody; in February there were 12; in March, eight; April, 11; May, seven; June, five; July, 13; August, 12; September had eight; October, 11; and during this month, eight. See link here. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/front-page/not-true-police-counter-public-defender-s_151060?profile=1606
The larger issue here is this, what if there were the 105 children Harrison-Henry argued in custody? If these minors committed crimes, are the police supposed to simply walk away from arresting them? Minors are walking around murdering people in Jamaica are the police supposed to simply ignore them?
The Public Defender talked about the quality of the food being given prisoners. The officer pointed out that the meals are provided for both police officers and prisoners alike. Asked about the quality the senior officer said, for bulk food, it was pretty good and encouraged the media to go see for themselves.
On bathroom facilities that too was a [lie] the media found that no clean up was done in anticipation of their arrival and in fact discovered that there were decent ablution areas for prisoners to practice personal hygiene. According to the (Jamaica Observer) Police Officers were not too pleased with the fraudulent report submitted by Arlene Harrison-Henry. “The information that ended up in the public domain, which I think was meant to demean the (JCF) was broadcast right throughout Jamaica,” said Deputy Superintendent Ainsley McCarty.
Suffice to say, the day before the public defender went to Parliament — because the public defender has spoken to me on numerous occasions and she knows that I am accessible 24 hours a day to her — she called me to clarify certain information. And if she wanted [further] clarity, she could have asked during that period of time and I would have said to the public defender that this was the situation,” DSP McCarty said.
Which brings us to motive. Being anti-police is Jamaica’s largest growth industry. Like everyone else, Arlene Harrison-Henry is crucially aware of this, as is every Tom, Dick, and Harry on the streets. Like Terrence Williams who heads INDECOM the Independent Commission Of Inquiries, everyone seeking relevance, national awards, and other accolades are critically aware that dogging the police department is a surefire way to get what they seek. Arlene Harrison-Henry a duplicitous, conniving, and rapacious lawyer did not make herself available for the job because of any burning desire to do good. Like countless others before her, including the disgraced former head of (JFJ) Jamaicans for Justice Carolyn Gomes, she is seeking fame and recognition and what better strategy than to ride on the backs of the police to get there?
And so there must be a recognition that people have their own individual motives and agendas. As such the Parliament must move to codify into law, safeguards which appropriately criminalizes those who would lie to the parliament. The exigencies of the times demand it. The legislature must act on it.
The Police reported that at about 10:05 pm on Tuesday November 27th, citizens in the Caymanas Bay area of Saint Catherine heard several loud explosions sounding like gunshots coming from an area of the community.
On Wednesday the 28th at about 7:30:am a resident went to enquire at a nearby house from where the explosions seemed to have come the day before. The body of three men were discovered lying face down in blood on the verandah. The individual summoned the police who were on patrol in the area. Police responded and a search of the house revealed a fourth body of a male in a room to the rear of the house lying face down with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The police have tentatively identified the fourth decedant as Jerry Solomon, [o/c Jerry Dawg]who is said to be the [area leader] in the community, otherwise called a [Don].
Two of the other deceased have also been tentatively identified by their aliases, Bobby and Seafood( . The fourt person is yet to be indentified. Several 9mm spent casings, live rounds, bullet fragments and three Molotov cocktail bombs were reportedly discovered at the scene. Investigations continues into these latest killings.
A former South Florida police chief has been sentenced to three years in prison for framing black people for crimes they didn’t commit, in order to boost his department’s crime-solving stats. Raimundo Atesiano, 53, formerly the chief of the Biscayne Park Police Department in Miami-Dade County, was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday for conspiracy to deprive individuals of their civil rights. “When I took the job, I was not prepared,” Atesiano told U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore before his sentencing, according to the Miami Herald. “I made some very, very bad decisions.”
Atesiano was reportedly given two weeks before having to report to prison, allowing him to spend time with his mother, who is terminally ill.One month ago, three other former Biscayne Park officers — Guillermo Ravelo, Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez — were sentenced for their participation in the scheme. Prosecutors said Aresiano on three occasions ordered them to falsely arrest and charge three people for unsolved burglaries. One of those arrested was just 16 years old when he was falsely accused. Davoub and Fernandez were each sentenced to one year in prison; Ravelo was sentenced to 27 months. “Putting an arrest statistic above the rights of an innocent man instead of working to protect all our citizens undermines the safety goals of every Miami-Dade police department,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in a statement on Tuesday. “Miami-Dade’s residents deserve honesty and integrity, qualities that Raimundo Atesiano deliberately failed to deliver.”One of the three victims, who served five years in prison for a series of burglaries that he was falsely accused of committing, has filed a federal lawsuit that accuses the town and its former officers of violating his civil rights. His conviction was tossed by a judge in September. Story originated here;https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ex-police-chief-sentenced-for-framing-black-men_us_5bfd949de4b03b230fa7b293
A Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) helicopter has crashed in St Catherine. The JDF’s civil-military cooperation and media affairs officer Major Basil Jarrett told local media. The helicopter came down in the area of Dunbeholden, which runs between Portmore and Spanish Town. Jarrett said the pilot, who was the sole occupant, was injured and has been taken to hospital. He said emergency workers are now at the scene.
Police responding to a shooting at a mall in Alabama apparently shot and killed the wrong person — a Black man — leaving the suspected gunman at large following a violent episode that wounded two others on Thanksgiving night.
Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., “an active duty officer for the Army,” was reportedly shot in the face and died at the Riverchase Galleria in the town of Hoover as police identified him as their primary suspect. The 21-year-old, who was armed and licensed to carry a gun, was reportedly home for the holidays when he was killed.
Law enforcement was seemingly eager to announce how they were able to kill a suspect, even going so far as to announce it to the press before any apparent investigation had been launched. That proved to be one of a handful of mistakes the Hoover Police Department made Thursday, according to AL.com.“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not,’’ Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector said.
“We remain committed to maintaining the integrity of this investigation, helping determine the facts involved, and assisting ALEA in their efforts.”According to AL.com, “Rector said investigators now believe that more than two individuals were involved in the initial altercation. The information indicates that there is at least one gunman still at-large, who could be responsible for the shooting of the 18-year-old male and 12-year-old female.”
The admission stopped well short of any type of apology for what on the surface appeared to be a case of police seeing a Black man with a gun in an open carry state and assuming the worst. Chances were more than likely that police will claim they feared for their lives, a common defense that killer cops routinely rely on to elude any sort of punishment or criminal charges.
One of the things I have argued over the years to much push-back from some of my friends is that police training is inadequate. I fundamentally believe that the drills should be curtailed to 10% of what it is presently. Drills are purely ceremonial, they literally serve no useful purpose in real policing practices. The 90% of the time taken from (drills) should be utilized in weight training and swimming. Hand-to-hand training is critical as this is perhaps going to be the most utilized element by officers and may arguably be the difference between life and death of officers.
I make the foregone in light of an incident involving an officer and a schoolboy at the Kellits High School in Clarendon In the incident, the officer was badly manhandled and overpowered by the schoolboy in quick time. Rather than criticize the officer and what he may or may not have done wrong in the time in which he was assaulted I would rather like to once again point to (a)the ineffectiveness of the training in the Jamaica Constabulary Force and (b) the ease with which citizens feel free to assault officers of the force as a consequence of the lack of punitive components in the law.
Assaulting a police officer in most developed countries is a felony punishable by real jail time on conviction. Jamaica is certainly not a developed country but it hasn’t been shy in quickly adopting practices it leaders deem in their best interest from developed countries. What hasn’t happened is a bill in the parliament which addresses appropriately the dangers police face in this volatile environment. Conversely, the INDECOM bill was introduced in 2010 under the Jamaica Labor Party’s (JLP) Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, with the full backing of the Opposition People’s National Party(PNP). That bill became law with marginal results against crooked cops and devastating consequences for crime fighting on the Island. Additionally, administrations of both political parties have empowered other agencies like the Peblic Defender’s Act which created another layer of state-funded antagonism against law-enforcement, unprecedented anywhere in the world. Arguably the only thing the two political parties in Jamaica can find common cause around is their disgust for law-enforcement and the rule of law.
Changing police commissioners, putting friends into positions of power will not change the trajectory of crime. Changing the structural inadequacies in the training regimen and giving law enforcement the tools it needs to get the job done will. Job one for all police officers is self-preservation. The training the police is receiving is far from adequate hence these incidents. Thankfully this one did not result in the loss of life but officers have lost their lives before in this way. I call on the Government once again, shelve the archaic training and introduce real training, commensurate with the dictates of the times. The little thug will most likely get a brush on the wrist by a liberal judge. The officer is forever exposed to ridicule and the lawlessness will continue. It will continue because the Government which has the power to put a stop to it refuses to give law enforcement the necessary tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.
There are roles within societies which strive for the rule of law and the principles of basic human rights to have genuine, balanced and vigilant oversight of Governmental activities. Nevertheless, those oversights have to be executed against a fundamental understanding of the role and responsibility the government has in protecting the broader society from harm. They must also be balanced against the limitations of government to adequately fulfill all best practices within the framework of its financial constraints.
It as against this background that I am unsure whether in Jamaica’s case, the Office of Public Defender and it’s principal officer, Arlene Harrison-Henry is fully conversant of those responsibilities to which the Government is obligated. There is always room for improvement and in the Jamaican public sector, hardly anyone could reasonably argue that there is due diligence in the dispensation of all public functions.
Harrison-Henry was testifying before the Internal and External Affairs Committee of Parliament yesterday, on the effects of the State Of Emergency (SOE) in the parish of Saint James. The (SOE) was initiated to stem the bloodshed and the massive loss of life in the parish as a result of what the police contend is gang violence.
The Public defender laid out a raft of issues which she tells the committee her office have found lacking and are in breach of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.[sic] Among the issues, she laid out are the following…..
(1)Up to October 9th, 3,687 persons, primarily young men, have been detained, since the declaration of the SOE on January 18, 2018.
Typically, this is what happens in (SOE), security personnel operating in the dark (intelligence wise) are forced to scrape up large numbers of young men whom they believe may be involved in criminal activities. Given the limitations technologically, the police have to embark on a slow deliberative process of sifting through latent fingerprints which may or may not exist, of those who may have previously passed through the system. This is a slow antiquated system which requires time. Admittedly, it is not the bests system but it is the system we have. This is not the fault of the police.
(2) Only a fraction of the people detained are charged with actual crimes, according to Harrison-Henry.
It would be nice if the law of averages were more in favor of the good guys who are risking their lives, trying to produce a safer Jamaica. If they did they wouldn’t be the law of averages now would they? Since they aren’t, the overworked, underpaid, police have to sort through the detainees the old-fashioned way. The police would be glad to have real-time intelligence if Harrison Henry has it, this would go a long way in eliminating some of the inconveniences she complains about.
(3) Poor quality of food for people picked up and detained and unsanitary conditions around food.
There is no excuse for this and there will be none coming from me.
(4) Detentions are mainly men from communities such as Rose Heights, Norwood, Granville, Flanker. She pointed out that the bulk of the detainees are young men between the ages of 19 and 25.
That is police business, the so-called public -defender must concentrate on what it is that she and her staff are tasked with doing. The security forces have a responsibility to take the fight to criminals regardless of where they are from, regardless of their age group.
(5) Concern that police officers and soldiers sometimes take photographs of detainees on their mobile phone. This has implications for the fairness of an identification parade for example.
Members of the Security forces have a responsibility to act with professionalism, nevertheless, in the barren intelligence landscape in which they operate almost blindly, it is commendable that members of the force whose responsibility it is to contain criminals are acting proactively in this regard.
(6) Harsh conditions under which detainees are held at the Freeport Police Station lock-up, which is the hub of the SOE activities in St James.
This is a longstanding issue which spawns administration of both political parties across several decades. It is important that government understand that if its agents are going to violate people’s basic rights by detaining them the least it [must] do is provide them with decent accommodations, food, and healthcare for the duration of their incarceration.
The testimony of the Public Defender is scheduled to resume sometime in the near future to complete the deliberations on its report. In light of that, I will naturally withhold some of my comments. Nevertheless, it is instructive to observe that nowhere in the reporting in [the link above] is there any acknowledgment of the fact that as a result of the actions of the security forces there has been a marked drop in the number of murdered St. James residents.
What I conclude from this is that there are two competing objectives at work, neither of which works for the greater good of the Jamaican people. On the one hand, the security forces must find a way to balance dealing with the existential issue of violent crimes while taking care as best it can to protect the rights of the most vulnerable. For its part, those who purport to protect the rights of the public must demonstrate that they understand the exigencies of the situations the nation faces and the constraints under which the government is forced to operate. Neither of these two positions is mutually exclusive if the egos and personal agendas are discarded.
A 16-year-old student of the Spanish Town High School and a resident of Percy Bush, Lauriston Rojario Lynch was beaten by citizens and handed over to police last Friday.Residents claimed that the juvenile attempted to carry out an armed robbery and was overpowered. An Intra Tech TEC-9 sub-machine gun, MOD99, with the serial number erased, a magazine and four rounds of ammunition was also handed over to the police.
The Spanish Town Police are investigating the incident.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will say this to the Jamaican Government again. For years after leaving the JCF I have assiduously studied crime patterns and looked at data involving crime in developing countries. As a consequence, I have written hundreds of blog posts and have produced countless pages of data in support of my theory that crime cannot be contained without a firm hand.
(QUALITY OF SERVICE)
In the 27 years since I left the JCF after a brief ten years stint, I have seen the quality of service offered by the JCF deteriorate and distrust of the Department increase exponentially. This two-fold event has created the perfect opportunity for crime to flourish resulting in the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands of Jamaicans and the entire nation now completely traumatized and desensitized to the horrors of the daily bloodshed.
The approach by both political parties combined, both in administration and in opposition, have left much to be desired and may logically be argued to be one of the reasons which have caused the continued explosion of violent crimes across the Island. For years I have warned that the approach [must] be a two-fold approach which(a) delivers a heavy hand to violent criminals, but(b) uses a velvet glove to massage the rest of society.
This approach is exactly what other societies have used successfully and it is the approach safer societies (not totalitarian societies) uses today. Crime cannot be solved unless the appropriate resources are appropriated and directed to the cause of law enforcement. It is not a liability, it is an investment in our survival, literally and economically. When we make the decision to ignore the needs of law enforcement we have by default given license to the creation and expansion of underground economies which only benefits a few criminals. Those decisions frighten away legitimate investors and returning residents and embolden criminals to set up extortion rackets by creating more fear.
(THE REAL ISSUE)
Administrations of both political parties have maintained a curious indifference to this burgeoning problem which is now threatening the very viability of the Jamaican state. (see the Tivoli incursion of 2010) and events thereafter. The incompetence and corruption within the JCF is not an isolated case of simply people corrupted by power taking advantage of the system. It is a much deeper across the board rot, not a stranger to other parts of the public sector. This rot has been made to fester from low wages, lack of resources, lack of respect, insufficient training, insufficient support legislatively and structurally and a host of other neglect. The extremely high attrition rate within the department is proof that contrary to popular perception the lure of a gun and badge is not enough to offset the burning desire to leave for greener pastures.
(THE #1 MISTAKE)
Instead of looking aggressively at the problems in the JCF, if not out of love for the rule of law but out of a recognition that no society can grow and survive in crime, Government’s actions have been to take steps to exacerbate the problem. Instead of creating a structure of support to address the problems of the police, administrations of both political parties have shown open disdain and disrespectful hostility to members of the force. Instead of fixing what’s wrong with the force they went a full one hundred and eighty degrees by installing in place other agencies which have demonstrably created hostile relationships with the JCF. See (INDECOM & Office of Public Defender).
The fact that the small Island of 2.8 Million people is losing well over 1600 of its people to violence annually though ghastly, does not tell the whole story. The raw death total regardless of the numbers, will certainly not be the worst-case scenario for the country. The existential threat to the nation’s solvency and sovereignty will be far more consequential.
For years we have seen the number of violent crimes rise and remain high with the exception of 2010 when the security forces were forced to use overwhelming force to put down what the country [refuses to accept] was a [militia uprising] against the authority of the state. Immediately after that event criminals largely kept their heads down, unsure of the security forces next move and not wanting to draw their ire. This was a clear indication that force absolutely is the only thing they understand and will bow to. After the Government signaled to them that it would be the security forces which would be on trial for the Tivoli event, crime began a steady and determined climb and has continued to today.
I want to warn the Governing authority that the declaration of States of Emergency (SOE) and declaring Zones Of Special Operations (ZOSO) are not panaceas for the nations crime problem. Let me be clear, you not only have a crime problem. What you have is a metastasizing militia problem, which is completely different than gangs. Criminal gangs do not operate together to challenge the authority of the state. Militias do. We saw that this concept has been on the table since 2010 when hatred for the duly constituted state far outweighed political and other differences. In 2010 loose actors from differing political persuasion found common cause around a singular figure(Christopher Duddus Coke). Unperturbed by what the state may do they came together in Tivoli Gardens and stood up to the state. Eight years later those actors are more closely aligned and more sophisticatedly armed. It is no longer just guns, its grenades and silencers, scopes and other more devastating paraphernalia of warfare. Notwithstanding, the Government has not coordinated a cohesive strategy around that reality, neither has it demonstrated that it understands fully the danger these well-armed criminals pose to the state despite the mass killings.
Right here in our hemisphere. Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua offers case studies on the danger of ignoring these trends. Yet the Jamaican political class which has a responsibility first and foremost to protect the country from harm refuses to confront that existential threat. Rather than seek the necessary expertise to once and for all end this problem, administrations of both political parties have embarked on a systematic head-in-the-sand approach which largely ignores the danger of the bullet in the body as long as they can hide the blood. That fallacy included bringing British police who know nothing about our culture, environment or crime-fighting needs. They sit in offices pushing paper, making press statements and fattening themselves at our expense. On the other hand, Government looks to their cronies at the University of the West Indies for solutions on how to resolve these critical issues, an institution which has a tenuous relationship with police and has liberal biases and ideas which have not been known to work anywhere.
(SOLUTION) These mass killings in Jamaica are different than the mass killings in the United States. In the US mass killers are usually mentally deranged individuals, or killers with deep racial or religious animus. Either way, when they rear their heads they either kill themselves, are captured if they surrender or are put down with overwhelming force by the state. In Jamaica, the killings though tied to particular motives are designed to drive fear into the society. The actors intend to derive more control for themselves by paralyzing the population through fear. It is working. A cursory look at the Spanish-speaking countries I named above will give an idea why Jamaica’s Criminal [gangs/militias] are more in line with those countries than they are with mass killers in the US.
It behooves the administration in Kingston to address this issue today with a decisive military response. That response must be a full-throated no holes barred response which leaves no question that their actions will not be tolerated. Jamaica is only 4411 square miles. Under no circumstances, should militias be terrorizing entire communities and wiping out entire families while there are soldiers at Up Park Camp playing dominoes.
News from Jamaica’s crime front; Delano ‘Prekeh’ Wilmot, the leader of the infamous Ratty gang, which has been terrorizing the communities of Cambridge and Retrieve, in St James, was reportedly shot and killed in a confrontation with members of the security forces in Cambridge this morning. According to the security forces, the much-feared gangster was killed and an M16 assault rifle seized from his person. His crony another much-feared gangster known only as ‘Cruz’, who was said to be in his company during the shooting, managed to slip away. The security forces are reportedly still in pursuit with the aid of JDF helicopter.
Parekh was wanted for several murders,
he allegedly shot to infamy when he orchestrated an ambush of members of the security forces in which two soldiers were shot and injured. He was reportedly elevated to the top spot after Ryan ‘Ratty’ Peterkin the leader of the gang was neutralized by the security forces. Bravo for the members of the security forces who continue to risk life and limb in support of this criminal supporting nation, without the recognition they deserve.
A friend asked me a while back, “why do you write“? I was a little taken aback at the question but I intimated to her that writing was my chosen way of communicating my thoughts. Some people rap, others sing, others write poetry, others play musical instruments, me, I love to write, I believe the written word is intrinsically important, it leaves an indelibly codified historic record of events of the time, and a window into the soul of the writer.
She told me she sometimes read my work, which I was thankful for, she didn’t have to. She went on to say that I am my own worst enemy, as there was too much cussing in my writing, she cautioned. My writing gave her a headache she said. I would be advised to tone it down. My friend had no idea that what she told me was music to my ears, I never thought I would write so that people could feel comfortable, I do not write to validate what people already believe. I write to communicate my thoughts in ways which jolt people to the realities of what I am trying to convey. >>>>>>>
I did that little lead in to avoid a cussing rant because I am floored at the seeming state of backwardness in my country. Wait, wait, please you, die-hard patriots, before you start cussing me out, hear me out first, thank you. According to some recent reporting, the Jamaican Government is again talking about putting prisoners to work. Geez, what a novel idea.
PUTTING PRISONERS TO WORK WHAT A NOVEL IDEA
Here’s the shit which gets my blood boiling. On the rare occasion that a murderer gets convicted for a fraction of the crimes he has committed, the sentence is usually handed down with a hard labor caveat. That the government is not carrying out the court’s orders, means that this administration and others prior, are in gross violation and abdication of their duties and are violating court orders which are antithetical to the concepts of a budding democracy.
The reporting alleges that; the government is considering using convicts to clean-up the nation’s streets and gullies that have littered with garbage. In fact, the state is now considering purchasing special clothing for prisoners to wear when they engage in clean-upactivities.
Why are prisoners not in special prison clothes to begin with, and why would it only be when they are engaged in work? Why are Jamaican Government officials so intent on half ass methods, rather than doing things the way they ought to be done? In the event, a prisoner manages to escape custody one of the easiest ways to quickly identify and recapture that felon is the prison garb he is dressed in. Given those facts, why have the government not done this simple due diligence?
I have always argued that Jamaican authorities are like a Jack ass with its ass where its head should be. So it comes as no surprise,……. to me at least, that Pearnel Charles Jr., the junior national security minister, told the media quote;
“Any person in the systems that have a non-custodial sentence or a custodial sentence, that is low risk, could be used in this category to clean the litters in gullies.” So the idea is to basically punish low-risk non-violent offenders, while [violent shottas sit]around chatting on their cell phones, eating, make music, and ordering hits. Actually comparing these dweebs to jackasses is an insult to jackasses. “We need to reduce the number of persons within our custody. We have reclassification and we are also looking at electronically monitoring persons that are convicted for them to engage in clean-up activities that they might not be able to do before because of security issues.“
This is the Jackasse’s ass where the head should have been. If the administration wishes to finally carry out the orders of the court, it would make sense to do the exact opposite of what this twit is recommending. (a) Here’s a clue, have low-risk offenders who have no motivation to escape without getting into more trouble, do the work that is being recommended and (b) Have high-risk offenders get up off their asses and do serious work wherever they are needed, to build the country.
How do you ask? Glad you asked. I fully understand that simple things which many of my country folks do not understand are considered impossible to do. Other countries have created ways to safely put violent offenders to work. If of course we can eschew pretense and get our heads out of our own asses. Look, China, Iran, Russia, the United States and almost all of the major countries across the globe execute murderers.
Since we Jamaicans are sanctimonious hypocrites who are too shit holier-than-though to kill these scumbags, maybe we can get around to putting them to work so they earn their keep and repay their debt to society. Shackle two together by the angles and give them three feet of chain to separate them and put their criminal asses to work. This is a net win for the country as they produce to feed themselves. Give them a tiny stipend, this results in less idle time for them to plan and scheme and order hits on innocent people from prison.
As simple and straightforward as the foregone is, I cannot wait to hear the sanctimonious bleeding hearts with their contrarian handwringing about how we cannot do this, we cannot do that. Simple legislation which ought to be a given becomes a major thing. A major announcement is required at this grand piece of idea. Yup putting prisoners in uniform is groundbreaking[sic]
Since scarce state resources are being spent to feed, medicate, house and whatever other benefits they receive it is only fair that Prisoners are made to earn their keep. It is unquestionably the right thing to do, yet the government is acting as if this is a monumental groundbreaking concept for which it must be congratulated. On the other hand, if the government ever gets up off its ass and gets this done the right way look for the pathetic political opposition to find something wrong in its implementation on which to object and seek political mileage.
On that note, while we are on the subject, it is high time that the JLP tag the PNP with the title of “criminal supporting party” going forward. If they want to support criminality let them own it.
A Police Corporal, Jermaine Merril Powell o/c Zigga of Rocky Settlement, Rockey Point, Clarendon, attached to the Hunts Bay PIU, was arrested for breaches of the dangerous drug Act yesterday.
On Friday, November 9, 2018, about 4:20pm during Anti-narcotics and Illegal Guns operations the Area 3 Narcotics Police along with the Porus Police stopped a White Toyota Probox along the Porus Main Road in the Vicinity of the Porus Police Station. The vehicle was being driven by Corporal Jermaine Merril Powell o/c Zigga. In the vehicle with him was Steve Ray Moxam o/c Guga Wray, Fisherman of Rockey Point Clarendon. During a search of the vehicle, approximately 1kg of white Powder Substance Resembling Cocaine and One Million Jamaican Dollars, ($1,000’000.00) were found wrapped in a Black Plastic Bag and concealed between the spare wheel and the bottom of the vehicle.
Powell and Moxam were arrested on reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act. A Glock Pistol along with two magazines was seized from Corporal Powell. Powell indicated that the pistol and the motor car are both government property. Both accused, the vehicle and exhibits were taken to the Porus Police Station. More Investigations are to follow.
Duncans Trelawny area close to St Ann Border we are told is a place my friend said where the grim reaper has set up shop. The truth of the matter is where the ridiculous stupidity of Jamaica’s drivers is playing out with consequences too gruesome and macabre to look at. We could not publish most of the images.
Clearly this is untenable, there will need to be action taken to eradicate the scourge of reckless driving from our roadways.