I have always wondered what exactly it was that impressed Jamaican authorities about Mark Shields, Les Green and the other British Cops who emigrated to Jamaica, supposedly to help transform the Jamaica Constabulary Force into a modern police force, or so they say.
The truth of the matter is that from what we have heard, Mark Shields got himself a Jamaican bride, secured himself a security company in our country, or so we are told.
Never mind that even if they do not stay, they end up spending significant amounts of time before leaving.
And what is it about these white men going out to the Colonies being referred to as [Expatriates] while Black people heading to England are mere [immigrants]? So you never thought about that? Okay, then it’s just me.
None of those [immigrant cops]have fascinated me more than Hamish Campbell who arrived as overseer and second in charge of INDECOM.
And I will talk a little about Hamish Campbell a little later but I wanted to just highlight some things which Les Green said about the local cops he was forced to encounter out there in the colony.
We all know how the Colonial masters view the lazy sub-human peasantry. But I rather prefer to let Les Green speak for Les Green and you can decide if he even bothered to hide the old tropes and bigoted attack lines which they have always used when they speak of black people.
Never mind that at the time the unintelligent Jamaican media gobbled it up and saw nothing unsavory or disgustingly offensive in those tropes.
Instead, they used the opportunity to pile on the police, their black countrymen and women.
Said Green: “When I first went there, the forensic capability was very poor and ineffective. There it still takes up to two years to get DNA results, unlike in the UK where you can get them in two days.”He added: “In Jamaica, there is nothing like the sense of urgency I had in the UK where I would send someone out to take a statement and they would do it immediately. There, I could send someone out for weeks on end and eventually they would come back with a statement. “If a pretty girl walks past, they will look at the pretty girl instead of what they are doing. There is always tomorrow, always another time to do something. There’s always a drink or a pretty woman to distract them.” Green, is credited with bringing about significant improvements to Jamaica’s criminal investigations, particularly homicides, described his eight-year tenure as frustrating because of the level of violence and weak systems of investigation. (Gleaner)
I do share Les Green’s frustration with the colonists after all, why wouldn’t he be annoyed at the time? They shook us from the Queen’s broke and destitute frock-tails over 57 years ago. Battered and in shambles after the blitzkrieg of Hitler’s Luftwaffe, England wanted someone to give her handouts, instead of being responsible for anyone.
Since then, we haven’t managed to stand on our own, we still insist on calling her “our sovereign lady“, even though I cannot imagine why? We refuse to write a constitution which demonstrates that we can govern ourselves without depending on the British to mediate our disputes, and determine our most serious criminal cases.
What we have demonstrated, is that when the rubber meets the road we cannot trust ourselves to decide on our own without “Massa”, deciding for us.
Green’s broadside was the typical racist trope of the lazy, oversexed blacks who have no intelligence or sense of urgency. Unfortunately for the politicians and media, couched in his insults was the language which spoke to their inadequacies as well but it completely went over their heads and they curtsied, bowed and agreed with “Massa“.
I had one slight concern about Les Green’s comments at the time and still to this day I still have those concerns. You know outside the Overseer/Natives thing he had going on there.
When Les Green said the following, did he think that because we are backward natives,[sic] we did not know what goes on in dreary bleak Old England?
“In Jamaica, there is nothing like the sense of urgency I had in the UK where I would send someone out to take a statement and they would do it immediately. There, I could send someone out for weeks on end and eventually they would come back with a statement. “If a pretty girl walks past, they will look at the pretty girl instead of what they are doing. There is always tomorrow, always another time to do something. There’s always a drink or a pretty woman to distract them.”
Wait just a minute there, according to…
Hamish Campbell the [British Immigrant] investigating our police officers was actually the lead officer in a murder case in which evidence was allegedly planted in order to gain convictions.
Hamish Campbell – was the (IO) Investigating Officer- placed in charge of the day-to-day investigation into Jill Dando’s murder in 1999. He was primarily responsible for the arrest and charging of Barry Bulsara, known also as ‘Barry George’, with the murder of Dando. Bulsara was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Jill Dando but subsequently acquitted, seven years later, on appeal.
Prior to the appointment of Moore and Campbell to run the case, the investigation had found nothing of interest, despite over 7 months on the case. The Met had thousands of registered informants. Not one of them had come up with any information at all about who might have killed Jill Dando and why. A reward of £250,000 for information (about £½ million today) had produced nothing. Operation Oxborough had interviewed in depth Dando’s family, friends, lovers (of whom there had been many) and colleagues. As Gillard and Flynn correctly observed in their book (p. 428), “The murder investigation was at an impasse”. Then Campbell took over.
The only forensic evidence against Bulsara was a speck of firearms residue said to have been ‘found’ in his coat pocket. Hamish Campbell appeared on Crimewatch to reinforce in the public’s mind that it was an obsessive loner they were looking for. He asked for the public’s help in identifying such a person.
It was a full 15 days after the Cecil Gee coat was seized that it was taken to a Mr Robin Keeley of the Forensic Science Service on 2 May 2000. That 15-day delay has never been explained. He then found a single speck of firearm residue inside the left pocket, and said that it was consistent with the type of firearm used to kill Dando.
D. Cliff Richard, a friend of Jill Dando, was interviewed ‘a number of times’ by the police investigating Dando’s killing.
Barry Bulsara spent 7 years in prison before he was released after winning his second appeal.
The pattern was evident in an earlier case this time it was the case of Ira Thomas a black man, who was quote [fitted up with a murder charge]
The Appeal Court heard the appeal on 13 February 1992 and quashed the jury’s majority decision. Thomas was immediately released from prison.
See The fabrication of evidence against Ira Thomas/ at the link provided above.
But there is more, it is important to bring some of these facts to light after the former Immigrant Les Green attempted to slime the natives in the former Colony. According to the reporting, there was a significant amount of at least low-level corruption at Begravia Police Station at the time. Belgravia Police Station is close to Harrods, owned by Al-Fayed. Al-Fayed did favors for Begravia-based police officers. Police officers returned the favors. Indeed, there was already an anti-corruption investigation at that time into the so-called ‘Hamper Squad’, a group of Belgravia-based officers who would arrest and harass anyone, including his own employees, suspected of aiding and abetting his bitter business enemy, Lonrho tycoon ‘Tiny’ Rowland. The greedy officers had a continuous supply of free hampers and huge discounts on Harrods goods. Indeed, one honest officer, Bob Loftus, gave the anti-corruption unit the actual names of police officers who had accepted these bribes. No police officer, however, was ever prosecuted for these criminal offenses.
At the time, Al-Fayed owned the now-defunct satirical magazine, Punch. Officers also leaked details of the Dando investigation to Punch, prompting a leak inquiry.
I wonder how Les Green could have missed these acts of corruption? Even more significant, how could Hamish Campbell not be aware of these crimes being committed by his colleagues at the Begravia station?
But Hamish Campbell, whose career has more question marks than answers, is in Jamaica as we speak. His job as Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM is to weed out dirty cops from the JCF.
Now, remember that as the Investigating officer, Hamish Campbell’s investigations suddenly turned up a speck of firearm’s residue said to have been ‘found’ in a coat pocket that other officers had already searched thoroughly in a case which was seven(7) months old when he took over the Investigations.
Either Hamish Campbell is a superior super sleuth or Hamish Campbell has skeletons in his closet we need to unearth.
If the Jill Dando investigations are anything to go by, the arrest and conviction of an innocent man and his subsequent exoneration, then the latter interpretations about Hamish Campbell is more on point.
Barry Bulsara was allegedly [fitted up], British lexicon, for framing an accused, in a case in which Hamish Campbell was the chief investigating officer. Barry Bulsara was acquitted after spending 7 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
What part if any, did Hamish Campbell play in fitting up Barry Bulsara?
Hamish Campbell is now a Deputy Commissioner of INDECOM, one of the many agencies tasked with oversight of Jamaica’s Security Forces.
I fundamentally believe Terrence Williams is a pseudo [titular] head of INDECOM. I believe that he is at the helm of INDECOM because it would seem too much of an, in your face insult to the nation to bring in an immigrant(Hamish Campbell), and make him head of a government agency.
Terrence Williams political affiliations and his bellicose anti-police persona, makes him the ideal candidate to be a titular head.
Nevertheless, we have seen nothing in the Career path of Hamish Campbell which would cause the Jamaican Government to bring him in and make him an investigator and decision maker over our police soldiers and corrections officers.
The recent decision of a seven-person jury in the supreme court last week to free two police officers investigated and charged By Terrence Williams and Hamish Campbell seems in line with Hamish Campbell’s history.
Which is to manufacture evidence, coerce witnesses to lie and to concoct false evidence on which to [fit-up] innocent people for crimes they have not committed.
Quite interestingly INDECOM seems to now have a fascination with firearm residue and have gone to great lengths to bring in foreign so-called experts. While the police defendants and their legal teams have no power or resources to vet their resumes.
With close to 2’000 homicides each year in Jamaica the Jamaican Government brings in zero foreign experts to convict the murderers.
INDECOM brings in foreign experts to testify in an effort to try and convict our hard working poorly compensated police officers.
Long before the so-called [death squad] case was even brought, we received numerous reports that INDECOM was inducing and coercing alleged witnesses to lie in order to convict the officers.
Clearly, a jury saw through the lies and those seven Jamaicans sent a powerful message for justice and the rule of law.
Unfortunately for Jamaica, Terrence Williams and Hamish Campbell are still in their jobs. Neither of these hacks has been scheduled to answer for what occurred with the evidence in this case.
This Administration and the one it succeeded has insisted that INDECOM is answerable to a select committee of the Parliament.
We have seen no evidence that either Terrence Williams or Hamish Campbell will be hauled before that committee to explain the allegations which have swirled around this particular investigation from day one.
The jury has done its job, but don’t hold your breath for the politicians to do theirs.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police corporal, business owner, avid researcher, and blogger. He is also a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com. You may subscribe to his blogs free of charge.