Yesterday we talked about the blatant hypocrisy of the Jamaica Observer’s Bill Johnson poll, which focuses on supposed police corruption.
We are not oblivious to police corruption and would do anything in our power to end that practice.
Nevertheless, unlike the myopic and misguided cabal and the lower deck peanut-gallery in our country, we are conversant that there is no country without the rule of law. So we support our police officers who enforce our laws. We embrace our officers who run to the danger when we are too chicken shit to stand up for ourselves.
And we reject the notion that the perception of corruption in our police forces citizens to embrace criminal [DONS].
Bull, people embrace the so-called [Dons] because Government reneges on its responsibility to deliver basic goods and services.
As a consequence, even though we are opposed to corruptions of all kinds, including in our beloved (JCF), we are also mindful that what the politicians and their surrogates are doing is scapegoating the police by projecting onto the police their crimes, to cover up their own dark deeds.
In 2017 Former Contractor General Greg Christie in an Oped in the very same [OBSERVER] wrote:
“Corruption in Jamaica is “entrenched and widespread”. “Jamaica must give serious consideration to what lies ahead should the Government and the country’s lawmakers fail to decisively and aggressively confront its corruption problem”.
Less than two years later, the very same dishrag commissioned and promoted a poll talking about police corruption, as if that is the source of our problem.
One of the things I talked about yesterday, was the need to understand any corruption in the police department, (real or perceived), against the unusually high levels of corruption across the wider society.
Having said that, and at the risk of re-litigating what I wrote yesterday, I will get to the task of today, which is to attempt to bring a wider perspective on police corruption so that we may better understand police corruption in our own country.
Additionally, possibly to gain a better perspective so that we may relate in a less hyperbolic sense to the problem and develop strategies toward ending it without the rancor and lies which has characterized it thus far.
Is it true that some unsavory characters have infiltrated the JCF over the years? Absolutely, they have always been there, much like some unsavory characters have found their way onto the supreme court and into Jamaica House and God forbid let us not even bother mentioning Gordon House.
In fact, the unsavory nature of some of the characters who have graced our public institutions, has had some impact on the size of the diaspora community.
By virtue of that, it becomes a scenario which feeds itself, the more that good people leave, the worse the institutions become.
Let us put an end to the constant abuse of our hardworking police officers. For too long the two criminal gangs which run our country, have successfully channeled the nation’s anger at their corruption and criminal associations onto the hapless and defensless police.
According to the United States Institute of Peace(USIP
Some experts argue that efforts to curb police corruption are hopeless, or at best secondary. Others maintain that attacking oppressive, unfair abuses is where reform efforts must start.
The fact that these discussions are occurring around policing in the world’s most powerful, wealthy and sophisticated nation proves that this is a universal problem.
The question of police corruption may be viewed in several ways and is not confined to the general knee-jerk perceptions of some who would write or talk about this subject.
Tim Dees, A Retired cop and criminal justice professor, Reno Police Department, Reno Municipal Court, and Pyramid Lake argues that most researchers classified corrupt cops into two major groups: The “grass eaters” who didn’t actively seek out opportunities to make illegitimate money, but took advantage of what came their way, and the “meat eaters,” cops who actively solicited bribes and payoffs, engaged in thefts and robberies (usually of criminals with drugs or large sums of money), and generally used their official position as a platform for criminal enterprise.
Nevertheless, Dees argues that these practices are relatively rare these days.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned types of corruption reflect only the top layer of veneer which gets progressively worse the more you peel from the Onion.
Police corruption in most developed countries goes far deeper than accepting a cup of coffee like the “grass eaters.”
It transcends the taking of bribes or ripping off drug dealers like the ” meat eaters.“
One of the most stubborn types of police corruption is the ignoble practice of manufacturing evidence to frame and convict innocent citizens.
Hold on there, I am not talking about Jamaica…….I am talking about
This is one of the most reprehensible forms of corruption, yet it is probably one of the most pervasive types of corruption which has haunted American policing since the beginning of time particularly for African-Americans.
Yes, you know darn well that it is the very same America which all of you are lining up to enter.
As a trainee at the Jamaica Police Academy, we were taught that it is better for the guilty to go free than for an innocent person to be prosecuted and jailed.
As a result of this pervasive problem across America, many police departments have been forced to enter into consent decrees with the US Justice Department to work on ending those practices.
Nowhere in the world are so many people arrested, tried and imprisoned on evidence which is manufactured by corrupt law enforcement and criminally complicit prosecutors.
Domestic challenges related to the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, is Transparency International’s definition of corruption.
According to Transparency International close to a third of African-Americans surveyed see the police as highly corrupt.
Whites generally are less suspicious of the police, white supremacy is enforced by the police which benefits them.
In cities all across America, from New York to Baltimore, from Camden to Washington DC, all across Kansas City, to Los Angeles California, real corrupt practices in police departments dwarfs anything the poorly trained Jamaican police could ever dream up.
As long as there is collusion between politicians and their cronies in civil society, who are willing to lie to the Jamaican people about the police to distract from their crimes, we will continue to educate those not too far gone.
When I write I don’t really want to “cuss,” but I believe that the people I sometimes refer to as shitheads, have now graduated to shithouses.
They continue to beat the same old drums about the police, to the same old misinformed people, about how the police are the cause of their problems, while they rip off every buck they can, and get away with it.
We need a revolution in our country, you decide what kind you need.