A No-case Result In A Case Brought By INDECOM Is Not The Same As A Case Brought By The Police

Terrence Williams

There is a serious conversation to be had about the false sense of security and brainwashing Jamaicans are lulled into. An anti-police mindset which creates the perception that an agency that was created to harass the police is in their best interest.
Just today threats were made by gangs that people in the once quiet town of Mandeville will be slaughtered one each day if a gangster arrested by the police is not released forthwith.
When the fake layers of peace and contentment are peeled away Jamaica has a very serious problem with criminals and it is not getting better.

When a case which is brought by the police gets dismissed by the courts for want of prosecution it is not the same as a case in which a police officer was charged for a crime and walked free because the prosecution cannot substantiate the case it brought.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force is tasked with investigating crimes which involve 2.8 million Jamaicans and every single foreigner who ever set foot not just on Jamaican soil but may have committed a crime against our country 12 miles away from our country’s shores.
As an oversight agency INDECOM is tasked with investigating a security apparatus of approximately 12,000 people not counting the Corrections Department.
Most allegations against the security forces were, and still, are forced by gang leaders, or as they were called (area leaders). Common lowlife scumbags, sanitized, packaged and sold to the Jamaican people by what passes for a media.
Fake mourners became the norm, wailing away at the supposed killings of their choirboy friends whom they watched getting murdered by the police as he slept in his bed at 3 in the morning.[sic]
Innocent community leaders, or as one anti-police agitator Horace Levy labeled them, (corner crews) not dangerous gangsters.
That is not to say that the breakdown in the nation’s social order and the neglect of the police over a period of several decades hasn’t resulted in many people who should never be police officers becoming police officers.
As a consequence, the poor quality of those candidates naturally ended up in outcomes which are antithetical to a good police department and the good of the country overall.


On the 7th of this month Detective Corporal Kevin Adams, Constable Carl Bucknor, and District Constable Howard Brown had their 8-year nightmare come to a spectacular end when Queen’s Counsel Caroline Hay told the court, the prosecution would be unable to negate the defense’s position of self-defense. 
The three police officers were charged with the murder of Andrew Bisson in a police operation on September 5, 2011.
The Investigations were undertaken and conducted by INDECOM.
During the trial the judge, Chief Justice Byran Sykes spoke to the grave reservations he had about the case against the officers.
Justice Sykes observed (1) [ that it seemed that the accused officers were being targeted by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)].
(2) Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, the trial judge expressed concern about whether the accused policemen were afforded an objective and fair investigation?

On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 Sergeant David Hutchinson and Constable Kenneth Daley were before the very same Judge Bryan Sykes. The two were charged with murder in a July 2013 incident following an investigation by INDECOM into the fatal shooting of a teenager, Derrick Bolton, and another man.
Like the case on January 7th, prosecutors told the court that they could not proceed against the accused as they could not produce the prosecution witnesses.
The officers were charged after 8 people were fatally shot in an area of Saint Catherine and the police responded and confronted the two, who were reportedly members of the notorious Klansman gang.

The common investigative thread in these two most recent cases in which officers who have been charged with murder and have spent years awaiting trial, in some cases while locked away like common criminals is INDECOM.
In response to charges by police officers that INDECOM was charge -happy and was charging officers then doing investigations, Terrence Williams the head of the agency in 2016 sought to debunk claims he and his agency were abusing the powers given to the agency.
He argued that the commission’s operations does not allow for charges to be laid without proper investigations being carried out.
“The INDECOM Act operates in a way that before anybody can be charged, it must come through the director of complaints and then be seen by me.

The design of the INDECOM Act is to ensure that all investigations are supervised by somebody with senior legal qualification and experience. So the complaint that is being made is completely off the mark, based on systems. Further, it is not our practice to charge persons before the case is completed, Williams told the Gleaner at the time.
So much for adhering to the dictates of the law!

In 2016 Terrence Williams told the same newspaper that
“of the six cases that have been completed, meaning cases placed before the courts since the creation of the agency in 2008, only one person was acquitted, and there is one where the DPP felt the case should not go on. We have five cases where there have been convictions, including one case with eight people.”
Only that there was no truth to Terrence Williams’ statements.
In Manchester, INDECOM charged a police officer with using his helmet to hit a man.
Case dismissed.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jason Anderson, who is assigned to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), has been charged with discharging a firearm within 40 yards of a public road, contrary to Section 23 of the Firearms Act and assault at common law. Charged by INDECOM.
Case dismissed.
There are other cases that have also resulted in dismissals all of which are cases brought against the police by INDECOM.

Hamish Campbell


The average Jamaican has been raised, schooled and indoctrinated into hating law enforcement. Even some who have worked as police officers because they may have been unable to get jobs in the private economy has been known to be vehemently against the very discipline which puts food on their table.
The question of having cops opposed to the rule of law is certainly more pervasive now than it was before.
With so many people entering the department from the left-leaning University of the West Indies the problem is now a serious threat to the nation’s security.
Enemies of policing now doing policing.
It cannot be overemphasized that neither of the two major political parties wants a competent police department which is capable of doing the type of investigative work which would have ended in the arrest of politicians involved in the Petrojam scam, Outameani, the Iran sugar deal, the Cuban lightbulb scandal, and the host of other thefts in which billions of dollars simply disappeared.
That is why INDECOM serves the interest of both political parties.
That is the reason they do not care that Deputy Commissioner of INDECOM British transplant Hamish Campbell was alleged to have planted evidence on an innocent black man while he worked in his home country.

No matter how much you adore INDECOM  and hate the police, it is pretty difficult to ignore the observations of the nations most senior jurist.
(1)That it seemed that the accused officers were being targeted by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)].
(2) Concerned about whether the accused policemen were afforded an objective and fair investigation.
What is absent from this whole conversation is a fair and just appreciation for the fact that these case are being approached and prosecuted in a manner which is injurious to police officers and worse is dangerous to the nation’s security.
Furthermore, the duplicitous silence by what passes for an organized media, or worse the failure to put two and two together and report to the people the danger they are in by allowing for the continuation of INDECOM
Because the status quo serves the interest of both political parties voices like mine will go unheeded.
Nevertheless, as the country bounces from one dangerous situation to another and as the gangs consolidate their power, the people like sheep, are led to believe that the number one problem they face is threats to their human rights.
In the meantime, Superintendent Wayne Cameron and his officers are on high alert in Manchester, despite the forces arrayed against them this officer and his men and women are determined and vigilantly out there protecting the lives of the citizens with their own lives.
Undeterred by threats from gangsters who would turn our beautiful Island into a Sub-Saharan wasteland, spilling innocent blood if their demands are not met.

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How Jamaica Allowed Crime To Take Over And Will Eventually Become Like Central America…..

I got to thinking recently and I arrived at a couple of conclusions (1) The gangs doing the killings are still operating with impunity. (2) The number of gangs seems to be on the increase. And (3) just how easy it was for the people to be influenced that good no-nonsense policing attitude toward dangerous criminals was bad for them and the country. And so I want to have a little talk with you my readers, rather than just talk at you.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

It is important to remember where we are coming from and where we are so that we may make informed decisions which will impact where we are going in the way we want to.
Because as the cliche goes, “if you don’t know where you are going you are already there”.
Now it is important to remember that Jamaica has always been a high crime country.
This is so because of the way political interference by the two political parties (a) cerated garrison communities, rendering them no go for law enforcement and havens for murderers and other criminals. (b)Lack of resources for law enforcement and lack of proper training also played a role. (c) The revolving door for criminals created by the courts resulted in apathy and in some cases criminal complicity by law enforcement.
I will attempt to show you the trajectory of murders over the years in order to demonstrate how certain factors both internally and externally have helped to shape the trajectory of the most serious crimes in our country.
Jamaica recorded the following number of homicides over the following years.

Year# of Murders
1970152
1971145
1972170
1973227
1974195
1975266
1976367
1977409
1978381
1979351
1980899
1981490
1982405
1983424
1984484
1986449
1987442
1988414
1989439
1990543
1991561
1992629
1994690
1995780
1998953
1999849
2000887
20021045
2003975
20041471
20051674
20061340
20071574
20081601
20091680
20101428
20111125
20121097
20131200
20141005
20151192
20161350


In the year 2017, 1,616 murders were reported to the authorities. And 2018 resulted in around 1455 homicides, give or take a couple either way.
Now, though these homicide numbers are stark, I believe they are fundamentally flawed, because they only represent killings in which victims of gunshot wounds, stabbings, and other violent assaults die immediately.
Not all victims of violent attacks die immediately and so there may be another 10, 20, or even 30% more deaths which can reasonably be attached to those annual homicide numbers.
At the risk of making myself part of the narrative which is absolutely not my intent, I wish to point out that between the start of the statistics above and when I left the force in 1991 murders were far too many but not overly astronomical.
When we juxtapose the numbers which existed between 1982 when I joined the department (405) and 1989 (439) and the facts I laid out about political interference and lack of resources hamstringing the police you will also notice that homicides remained generally steady.
We may go back and look at the years 1980 to 1981, and we will notice that those years represented the election year 1980 and 1981 the year a new administration took office and so those numbers were anomalies as far as the homicide numbers went.
Older Jamaicans will recall the 1980 elections in which an estimated 899 Jamaicans lost their lives, largely as a result of political violence and 1981 although the numbers had dropped precipitously to 490, those 1981 numbers still represented a high, for a good seven (7) year period and never again reached or exceeded [490] until 1990 when the numbers jumped drastically considering the previous seven-year stability to 543 homicides.
By 1991 the year I exited the force all bets were off homicides had moved up to 561.
Gone were the good old days in which murderers knew that it was not their streets.
So what happened you ask, why is it that between the time you served and the time you left murders got out of control Mike?
Was it you keeping all those shottas under control?
I wish I could take credit for it (smile) but we have to seriously look at what happened in our country which caused basically (8) eight years of stable homicide numbers?

Former PM Edward Seaga


THE SEAGA ADMINISTRATION
I generally get killed(no not literally) laugh, for daring to write about politics or the way I see it through my own eyes growing up and living thirty (30) years of my life in my country.
Many people are offended they say talk only about law enforcement.
I generally laugh at that because right here in this article we see just how politics impacts every other area of our lives.
Edward Phillip George Seaga won the 1980 general elections on a platform of conservatism.
It was easy for Seaga’s message to resonate against the Manley message of self-sufficiency and national pride.
Any message that was opposite to Manley’s would have resonated, people were hungry, store shelves were empty, crime and violence were everywhere.
Seaga’s victory was a devastating blow to Michael Manley and the (PNP), his Conservative Jamaica Labor Party won 51 of the then 60 seats in the parliament. Many laborites suspected Manley lost his seat but was allowed to keep it.
No evidence of that ever surfaced but the whispering continued for years.

Many Jamaicans who grew up during my time which is the 70’s and really came of age in the ’80s will quickly argue that all politicians in Jamaica are corrupt, dishonest, monsters.
I have no facts to counter those assertions but I will say that even if not totally true, whatever Jamaicans say does have some truth in there somewhere.
Edward Seaga created the satellite community of Tivoli Gardens. Those who know a little about Jamaica’s history will recall that Tivoli Gardens rose out of the God forgotten slums previously known as (Back-o-wall).
Tivoli Gardens was a modern apartment complex with amenities like a park, community center, a state of the art clinic etc.
[Full disclosure], my first child was born at that clinic because it was rumored to be the very best in the Island at the time.
Seaga was mightily proud of what he created in that community as he ought to be.
However, like an over-doting parent, he failed to see that the child he gave life to was turning bad.
And that was an egregious error in judgment, that baby became a monster. When a child becomes that it reflects badly on the parents.
Because of Seaga’s failure to rein in Tivoli Gardens, he will forever and for the remainder of his days be saddled with the infamy that that community came to represent.
And that is all too sad because when it came to law and order Edward Seaga never stood in the way of the police doing their jobs, save and except for his delinquent baby Tivoli Gardens.
The data demonstrates that it was under Edward Seaga’s tenure that homicides leveled off and remained constant.
Edward Seaga demitted office in (1988) and Michael Manley was back at the helm of our government.
By 1990, just one year into Manley’s tenure, homicides jumped from (439) into the new territory of (543.

Percival James Patterson former PM presided over years of corruption and failed leadership

Homicides continued at a merry clip under Michael Manley and continued so after he ceded power to his inept deputy Percival Patterson.
By (2002) still with the PNP in power, homicides had reached (1045).
In just over twelve(12) years under PNP leadership, homicides in Jamaica had increased by (238.041%).
We can argue along the margins politically, what we cannot deny is the data.

A NEW NARRATIVE

In 2007 Orett Bruce Golding a former minister of construction under Seaga who had left the JLP and helped to form the then third party the National Democratic Movement or (NDM) had returned to the JLP and was able to eke out a slim majority for the JLP.
The JLP victory seemed at the time to be voter malaise and exhaustion from the PNP’s 141/2 unbroken years in office and the backward direction of the country.
By (2011) Golding was forced to resign from entanglements with the Christopher Coke matter.
Andrew Holness took over the leadership of the party and the Government and soon sought his own mandate against the Portia Simpson Miller-led (PNP).
Holness was defeated at the polls on the 5th of January 2012  and Miller served as the Prime Minister until fresh elections were called on the 3rd of March 2016.
Andrew Holness’ party won the elections, albeit by a razor-thin one seat majority which was later strengthened by two by/elections in which the ruling (JLP) prevailed.
The moral of the story surrounding the period which included Simpson Miller, Bruce Golding and Andrew Holness is simply this.
Both political parties are responsible for the events as they occurred in that time period and so we are left to analyze what event or series of events caused both parties to become complicit or incompetent, or both, in dealing with violent crimes.

HUMAN RIGHTS

If I pretended that the Jamaican police have not engaged in atrocious behavior I would be lying.
If I pretended that politicians, judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and parsons and people in every discipline haven’s as well I would be lying.
And if I pretended that people in literally every discipline, in every nation across the globe haven’t done the same thing….again I would be lying.
The reality of the foregone is that people, regardless of their jobs are only people who are prone to excesses and abusing their powers.
When that happens the societies in which they operate must take steps to remedy those transgressions and put in place safeguards to guard against recurrence.
So if you have bad Pastors you do not tear down the church.
With the multiple reports about Priest sexually assaulting little boys the powers that be hasn’t gotten rid of the Catholic Church, they are working to fix it.
When our police make mistakes we fix the problems and we support our police, we should not tear them down.
Unfortunately, that is not what we do in Jamaica, we tear down our police and that provides a wide opening to those who would benefit from the breakdown in the rule of law.

Remember Flo O’Connor?

As ridiculous as the lack of support for the police is, the single greatest issue in my estimation is the influence the so-called human rights lobby has been able to wield in our country.
The faithful observance of and fidelity to human rights are fundamental templates of any democratic society.
Nevertheless, human rights and national security are two fundamentally different issues, neither of which are dispensable or mutually exclusive in a democratic society.
Given that human rights lobbies are not as visible or influential in the powerful democracies, and since there is a kind of default presumption that they are the template for good democratic societies, we tend to ignore the gross human rights transgressions which occur in these powerful nations.
Police abuse of people of color is the number one human rights issue which has affected people of color in the United States, Britain, and Canada today as it always has.
There is hardly any response or statements much less any meaningful steps taken on behalf of a single aggrieved party anywhere in any of the named powerful developed countries.
There has been zero advocacy on behalf of any killed or injured by police here in the United States to my knowledge.

Carolyn Gomes


SO WHY THE DEVELOPING WORLD?

The human rights lobby in the developing world in which Jamaica finds itself are generally funded by supporters or parent lobbies in the western power centers which are in turn funded by dark money.
A country which undermines its law-enforcement is a country with high crime statistics. Jamaica’s crime-fighting efforts are directed at its police officers, not at the violence producers.
Not that there cannot be an effective crime-fighting mechanism in place and vigilant police oversight simultaneously.

Why would larger countries want crime to increase in the developing world?
Larger western countries are lenders to poorer developing countries. They destabilize those nations because they need to keep them borrowing.
A country inundated with crime has next to zero chance of climbing its way out of poverty.
Jamaica has made many tactical mistakes, not the least of which has been allowing the international human rights lobbies to worm their influence into the body politic of the country.
It’s a veritable disaster at this point as literally every bit of legislation which is supposed to benefit the Jamaican people has to pass muster with human rights lobbies which take orders from either the United States, Canada, or Great Britain.
Why would either of these nations care about human-rights?
They don’t!
They understand full well that the question of human rights is something the general population will sign onto. What poor citizenry will not be enamored with the idea of a group of people who are protecting them from the power of the state?
Jamaica has long flirted with wannabe police watchdogs the likes of Flo O’Connor and others, but the country completely sold out to Carolyn Gomes and Jamaicans for Justice(JFJ).
If the safety and security of Jamaicans were attended to with the same diligence and fervor as the influence the criminal enhancement lobbies have had on the decision making of our country we would have a very good country.

daily scenes in Mexico, daily scenes in Jamaica

THE END GAME

Ultimately, what will happen is that the state will completely lose control. We are not far from that point, we had a glimpse of that in 2010.
In Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil. and Venezuela, right here in our hemisphere we have seen the effects of their government’s complicity and cowardice in confronting the dangers posed by gangs which later metastasized into murderous drug cartels.
Unless the Jamaican people come out from the fog cast by the crime enhancement lobby Jamaica will see people leaving on old rickety rafts and old canoes trying to find safe harbor.
It can still be stopped but time is running out.


Young Woman Allegedly Take Own Life In Despair….

The body of 29-year-old Nordia Markland was found hanging from a beam at her house last Saturday at around 4 a.m. on Shannon Lloyd Crescent in Clarendon.

The family of the deceased are traumatized by the fact that a video showing miss Markland’s body dangling from the beam has been doing the rounds on social media.
They are also upset that people who have seen the video has characterized her as wicked and has created their own narrative as to the reason she allegedly took her own life.



Distraught relatives say miss Markland was depressed after the death of her father, she had to bury a cousin shortly after.
We have the video but have opted not to post it out of deference and respect to her and her family.
Mental illness and depression are real issues which affect untold numbers of people, many of whom suffer in silence.

The grief and deep depression which would cause someone to see no way out forcing them to ultimately take their own life cannot be reduced to someone’s opinion of the deceased.
It must be understood against the precious nature of life and the sheer hopelessness which the victim must have felt which caused him/her to end that one precious life.

Like The Last, This Year Will End With No Change … Unless

SCENARIO #1
Imagine being ravenously hungry yet you are close to an Ocean filled with fish but you have nothing with which to catch the fish. No net, no hook, no device or material one could use to create a snare.
Chances are you could die from hunger right there, or you can flail away if you are able to swim and hope to catch something to satisfy the hunger.
Until of course the hunger pangs begin to gnaw at your gut again.

SCENARIO #2
How about being thirsty at an Oasis and you have to cross the desert, you can drink all you want from the brook but you have no container to carry any of the lifegiving liquid with you?
Oh, by the way, you can’t tarry too long by the brook because there are some thirsty travelers who will be coming soon to refresh themselves and they are carnivores.
Difficult decisions and near impossible task if you have nothing with which to carry the water right?

Now that I have gotten your attention, I would like you to think about those two metaphors as it relates to the scourge of violent crimes in our country.
The moral of my contention is that if you do not have the tools it is almost difficult to complete a task, no matter how simple or urgent the need.
The average law-abiding Jamaican living in the Zones Of Special Operations and subjected to the limited State of Emergency would like to see those initiatives continue.
Of course, those zones of operations, or (ZOSO’s), as they are affectionately known, (we Jamaicans are enamored with acronyms) requires plenty of human resources and money.
ZOSO’s and the State of Emergency are a great strain on the officers who make them possible. A fact which eludes both the planners and the residents who are rightly clamoring for some respite from the daily bloodletting.

Now as you all know there is one little problem with ZOSO’s and the Limited State of Emergency declared in specific areas.
They cannot go on forever because they strain constitutional limits in some cases and exhaust financial and human resources in others.
Additionally, when those measures are instituted in specific areas the producers of violence simply move to other areas and we end up inexorably looking like we are in a whack-a-mole situation which does no good.
Since pulling up ZOSO’s and getting approval for instituting a State of Emergency takes time, and since there are people in positions of power who value the letter of the archaic constitution over the lives of our citizens, it is clear that we have to find other ways to deal with this crisis of violent crimes.

There is no silver bullet with which to eliminate violent crimes from our midst. Dealing effectively with crime will have to be approached methodically and strategically.
There is no scenario in which placing huge amounts of security personnel in specific locations will effectively reduce crime for the long term, even if we could afford it.
Which brings us to some actual solutions which the governing party is too timid to effectuate and the political opposition is too complicit in its associations with criminals and their lobbies to support.
This is not to say that the governing party does not have members who are knee deep in criminal complicity and collusion as well.

POINT #1
Since it is clear that the solution to this problem is not adding more police,(even though more police officers does not hurt), and since it is clear that placing huge amounts of resources in one area results in a conflagration of violent crimes in anothe, it may be time for us to look at the issue in a holistic way.

POINT#2
Reading through this site will provide plenty of solutions for addressing our country’s crime dilemma.
The problem is that one party is too scared to use them and the other is too complicit to support real and meaningful crime reduction initiatives.

POINT#3
The Jamaican people are crying out for leadership, that much we know. It is not as if Jamaicans cannot abide by rules or laws when those rules and or laws are followed up with strong consequences for breaking them.
The hundreds of thousands, (millions perhaps) of Jamaicans living in the diaspora follow rules. When they decide to not, they pay the price.
Jamaicans at home do the things they do because they are allowed to do them.


Steve McGregor

POINT#4
Steve McGregor an Assistant Commissioner of police spoke to a group at a Stonebrook Vista returning residents’ meeting in Falmouth, Trelawny, last Sunday.
McGregor noted: “We have to drive some fear into these youngsters, who are responsible for 95 percent of the murders. This is so because, at this time, we have the worst set of parents ever in Jamaica.”
Older parents were less educated, but they paid attention to youngsters of the day. Older people have to become involved to keep the youngsters on the right track.”

That fear of which he speaks must be fear of the consequences of breaking the laws.
The legislation the lawmakers propose focuses on the protection of criminals rather than focusing on the pain of their victims.
Legislations are held up to get the input of the very people the laws would bring to heel.
This is the dystopian hell in which law-abiding people find themselves.
The rights of killers trumps their basic right to life and the ability to live their lives in peace.

POINT#5
Both political parties have been willing and continual enablers of this tragic position in which the country finds itself.
Every day the crisis deepens because both political parties are beholden to overly influential lobbies which are hampering effective policing of the nation.
No country in western Europe or North America let alone in other regions of the world allow rights lobby to dictate to them how they secure their populations.
Jamaica is the only country I know of which fashions its laws in accordance with the wishes of those who advocate for criminals instead of with the interest of the innocent law abiding population front and center.
Those who break the laws know they have the law abiding people by the balls and over a barrel.
Their political representatives are either criminals themselves or are beholden to the criminal lobby.
Either way, the people are ………I won’t say it.

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No Case Submission In So Called Death Squad Case Turns Spotlight On INDECOM

If the ultimate no case submission against the three police officers charged with the murder of Andrew Bisson recently does nothing, it demonstrates that the resources being wasted on INDECOM would be better utilized upgrading the office of Director of Public Prosecution(DPP).
The three officers, Detective Corporal Kevin Adams, District Constable Howard Brown and Constable Carl Bucknor were arrested and charged for the killing of Andrew Bisson in a police operation on September 5, 2011.

As the Prosecution’s case ground to a screeching halt like a creaky old automobile whose engine had completed its final revolution, the lead prosecutor, Queen’s Counsel Caroline Hay told the court, the prosecution would be unable to negate the defense’s position of self-defense.
If the prosecution was unable, after 8 years to negate the defendant’s claims, [as police officers carrying out their duties], why were they charged and held in custody and subjected to all the attendant negative ramifications which accompany a criminal trial?

Why the case was brought in the first place must be the question, and that question should now be the center of any position forward for the Police Federation, [if for no-one else]?
It is imperative that the system of justice be fair to all JAMAICANS, not just the privileged few who dwell in ivory towers above Cross-Roads.
In that regard, Jamaicans can least afford to have the voices of those privileged few dominate policy positions as they are the least and last to be negatively impacted by violent crimes.
Already there have been some preemptive salvos launched about what should happen to police officers who plant evidence in order to gain convictions.
None of those voices have said a single word about how Terrence Williams, Hamish Campbell and INDECOM manipulated a disgruntled constable [Chucky Brown], not only to confess and criminally implicate himself in murders, but to lie on his colleagues.

It was clear during the trial that not only was the evidence before the court shaky but it appeared that the investigating agency INDECOM, produced expert witnesses who were………… let’s just say, less than experts.
During the trial, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes the trial judge expressed concern about whether the accused policemen were afforded an objective and fair investigation? Mind you, not a fair trial, but a fair investigation, that ought to give everyone pause.
What I haven’t heard is a single peep from any of the self-righteous criminal defense lawyers who have an opinion on everything speak to this comment from the chief justice.
The Judge further added critically,[ that it seemed that the accused were being targeted by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)].
Again, its crickets from the usually vociferous self-proclaimed authorities on the law and morality in our tiny ticky-ticky pond.
Is justice for everyone but members of the police force?

According to sources in the courtroom, the Defense presented a document which indicated that the error rate for a properly/trained examiner with the required competence is between 3.4% – 6. 5%.
Additionally, those who were of substandard training, the error rate is between 15-25%.

Witnesses who testified on behalf of INDECOM disagreed with terminologies and set standards used by renowned experts.
One witness, in particular, was unable to agree with clear inconsistencies which were clear even to the untrained eye. 
Justice Sykes told the Home Circuit Court, in the absence of the jury, that he first became concerned when accused Detective Corporal Kevin Adams and District Constable Howard Brown were identified as ‘Gaza Man’ and ‘Chucky’, respectively, by a Crown witness.
That same witness the next day admitted that he made a mistake.

It is important to understand that the experts used by INDECOM were indeed substandard.
And that the reason that the prosecution could not even meet the most basic prosecutorial standards which would have forced the three officers to mount a defense, was the incompetence of INDECOM’s own expert witnesses and the weakness of the evidence presented to the court.
On these fault lines in the system, the lives and liberty of members of the JCF are being decided by the very testimony given by these individuals on behalf of INDECOM.
On these types of fraudulent and concocted evidence, INDECOM is ruining the lives of hard-working police officers who are simply trying to do an incredibly dangerous and difficult job.

From the beginning of the process, which brought INDECOM into existence I argued that before a body like INDECOM is created appropriate levels of resources, (as was economically possible), should be appropriated to bring the Justice system up to credible standards.
Which meant, upgrading the police and courts so that delivery of the justice product can be timely and fair, critical requirements for reducing crime.
I argued then, despite protestations to the contrary, that creating INDECOM would cause crime to escalate as people would be emboldened to be disrespectful not just to individual police officers but to the collective we refer to as the rule of law.
On that alone, I have been vindicated ten times over as INDECOM is turning out to be an out of control albatros around the nation’s neck.

Oversight of the Police is a foregone conclusion. however, there were effective oversight of the police, (several layers) which had greater measurable success beyond anything INDECOM has achieved since it came into existence.
The arguments proffered by enemies of the police and those clamoring for INDECOM was that the police cannot police the police.
Those catchy buzz terms sounded rather good to those detractors but they never bothered to think about the several civilian complaint bodies which existed pre INDECOM.
The narrative was far too juicy, it sounded far too rational, even for some ex-members who clamored for more oversight without understanding the delicate balance which ought to exist between oversight and qualified immunity.
What those layers of oversight lacked were agendas antithetical to the good of the nation.
INDECOM has no loyalty to the nation, it has no commitment to nation-building, as the JCF has done, giving blood and tears throughout its existence.
INDECOM is dedicated to the ego of an egomaniacal narcissist, its mission is geared toward deconstructing the JCF to the delight of those who argued for its creation.

As an aside, what exactly has Antony Anderson done differently, (no scratch that ) done better than the previous two commissioners of police who preceded him?
There is no one clamoring for a change of the commissioner of police.
Could that be because he was never a police officer?
I believe the nation’s dirty drawers is showing on this and the odor is rather obnoxious.




First Step Is One Of The Biggest Criminal Justice Reforms In Decades. But How Great Will Its Effect Be?

On Tuesday night, a Republican-dominated Senate passed First Step, paving the way for the criminal justice reform bill to clear the House and be signed into law by Donald Trump. The bipartisan bill, which was overwhelmingly passed in an 87-12 vote, is widely considered to the most substantial legislation affecting the federal prison system in decades.

As the New York Times reports, the legislation packages together a number of reforms aimed at reducing recidivism and draconian sentences for people locked up in federal prisons.
Under the bill, thousands of federal inmates will be able to have their sentences reduced immediately, and early-release programs and job training will be expanded. Mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders would also be reduced, and judges will be given more freedom to go around mandatory minimums. The bill also ends the practice of shackling pregnant inmates in federal prison, as well as prohibits juvenile solitary confinement in “almost all cases” according to the Times.

The new legislation has been in the works since Barack Obama was in office and has drawn a wide swath of support from liberals and conservatives. Kim Kardashian and Jared Kushner have publicly supported the bill (with Kushner, in particular, being credited with orchestrating Trump’s support), as have the American Civil Liberties Union and a Koch brothers-backed group, Right on Crime.

Because race and America’s penal system are so deeply intertwined, the First Step bill would theoretically have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. The Times noted that one provision of the bill could decrease the sentences of “several thousand drug offenders serving lengthy sentences for crack-cocaine offenses.” During the “War on Drugs” era, black crack dealers were punished far more heavily than white offenders dealing coke. Even a senator like Ted “bury me under a queso fountain” Cruz wasn’t afraid to put that at the forefront in his comments last night.
Read more here ; https://www.theroot.com/first-step-is-one-of-the-biggest-criminal-justice-refor-1831214003

Lay Magistrates (JP’s) Walking Jamaica Into Failed State Status

In a conversation I had with a friend yesterday on the stubborn crime epidemic in Jamaica, I opined that the problem with our small country is the fact that there is such a high tolerance for criminal behavior and the country is deemed to be 84% corrupt.
We can ignore the numbers and pretend that we are a first world country. We may even subscribe to the inane theory proffered by the morons up at Mona that if we simply guarantee killers rights crime will disappear.

On the other hand, while people like myself and others simply want a crime-free country in which children can play in peace and their parents can be all they can be, there may already be too many corrupt people for that to be a reality.
That ship may have already sailed.


Delroy Chuck the Justice Minister has placed the issue of Lay Magistrate (JP) front and center since taking over that ministry.
The way Chuck sells the Lay Magistrates programme one would walk away believing it is a panacea for the nation’s crime problem.
Now, for the record, I am not personally opposed to the (JP) program, it can be a force multiplier in the search for a more law-abiding society.
Nevertheless, the corrosive tentacles of politics and the ever-present lure of a quick buck is more than enough to give pause to anyone when we hear the minister talk about this program.
And so now we hear that in the Montego Bay Bus park one can have any document validated by justices of the peace who are prostituting their services for a drink or a lunch or two hundred dollars cash.


See story here: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20181216/joking-justice-jps-illegally-certifying-documents-strangers-mobay-bus


The recommendation signed by a Justice of the Peace for a Sunday Gleaner reporter who did not give his correct name and does not live in St James. (Courtesy of the Gleaner)


Now we all know the story with Justices of the peace in Jamaica but I really thought that after all these years since I left law-enforcement the country would be moving forward not backward.
In speaking to the ZOSO issue in Montego Bay over a year ago Delroy Chuck by his own [fiat] placed Justices of the peace over the police and gave them the power to decide whether criminal suspects could be held in custody by law enforcement without the say-so of a JP.
Now I want you to imagine a scenario in any other country in which ordinary political hacks would be the deciding authority on whether criminal suspects may be detained over the wisdom and authority of the police.

I spoke about the folly of this move at the time, now we hear of the wholesale selling and prostitution of (Governmental seal ) my these miscreant criminals parading as upstanding citizens.

That is the reason why righteous indignation at criminal conduct comes up against such opposition by Jamaicans.
We have a possible scenario of two situations. (a) either there is a silent majority of law-abiding citizens out there or (b) the pool is filthy and we have already lost this beautiful Island.
When we can no longer differentiate between wrong and right when we celebrate convicted felons and malign those who risk life and limb to defend others they do not know we may already be too far gone.

Look, we can talk all the shit we want to now and continue with the pretense, (you know what I mean with your faux patriotism)?
But when the rubber meets the road, everyone in Jamaica values the ability to travel outside the small 4’411 square mile Island.
So set aside your bullshit patriotism and recognize these facts.
When the International community has no faith in the documents signed by the Government about who you are, or your criminal history they close their doors.
When they close their doors our country essentially becomes a failed state and your pretentious asses stay put where you are.
That’s what’s at stake here.

Punk Who Murdered Security Guard Nabbed By Cops

Days ago we asked that you the citizens help the police to find this killer who summarily and callously murdered Lincoln Graham a hard working security Officer as he did his job at a commercial entity in Portmore Saint Catherine.

We do not yet know all the facts but we are reliably informed that this piece of garbage has been apprehended by the police and is in custody.

The information we have so far indicates that he was captured in the Old Harbor Bay section of the Parish.
As more information becomes available we will update this post.
In the meantime, we salute the police for moving with haste to capture this real danger to the society.

Unfortunately, for the family of the decedent, Mister Graham, justice is not guaranteed as this piece of garbage will be in the system and the liberal system which favors his kind will do all in its power to ensure that he does not face justice.

This is the reason I personally advocate for a different brand of justice for these killers when we have no doubt that they did what they are accused of doing and we know that the system is dead set on working on their behalf.
Nevertheless, we thank all who worked to make this arrest possible.

Help The Police Find This Murdering Scumbag

The mindless thug who summarily murdered a security officer 
Lincoln Graham is still out on the streets going about his business as if killing someone is no big deal.
Unfortunately, Jamaicans are so desensitized to these horrific murders that they split hairs about murders being committed in other countries rather than agree that one murder of our fellow countrymen is one too many.

This is the lowlife piece of garbage who murdered Lincoln Graham, hopefully the police will find him and bring justice to him for the family of that security officer who went out to earn a living the right way for himself and his family and had his life taken from him by a piece of useless garbage.

Being Compared To Security Guards May Not Be A Pejorative For JCF Anymore

Horace Chang

Recently, Minister of National Security Horace Chang stated that when his party took power they inherited, a glorified security guard company, (speaking of the 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 in impractical outdated uniforms


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.

The pomp and pageantry, the totally lack of practicality. 

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.

A system whose time have come and gone[photo courtesy of JIS ]

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

King Alarm officers in uniform



“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.” 

Commissioner Antony Anderson

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.

Great Example Officer

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.

Fifteen Million Dollar Drug Bust In Trinidad And Tobago

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)

Detainees of the raid
the complex where raid was carried out
A detainee
another detainee’






Public Defender’s Decietful Self-serving Lies Exposed

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.

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Quadruple Murder In Caymanas Bay



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.

Ex-Police Chief Gets 3 Years In Prison For Framing Black Men




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.”

Biscayne Park, Florida, former Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano was sentenced on Nov. 27 to three years in prison for framing t
Biscayne Park, Florida, former Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano was sentenced on Nov. 27 to three years in prison for framing three black men for burglaries.

 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

JDF Chopper Down

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.

Cops Admit Black Man Police Killed In Alabama Mall Shooting Was Not The Shooter


The admission stopped well short of any type of apology.

Written By NewsOne Staff


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.

The shooting happened ahead of Black Friday sales that drew shoppers to the mall. It bore some similarities to another in suburban Chicago earlier this month, when a Black security guard trying to subdue a gunman was shot to death by police. Jemel Roberson was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the word “SECURITY” and still got shot on Nov. 11. His funeral was scheduled for Saturday. https://newsone.com/3837935/police-kill-ej-bradford-jr-alabama-mall-shooting/?fbclid=IwAR08ShlLe05UnjqH26g_m1exbvdqpSTlVS1SrKmQJQgHyjLOd5HXxRIa5Rk