If the methodology in the training manual hasn’t changed much, except to accommodate the demands of criminal rights lobby, and if not a single detective was trained for over a decade in one instance, how are the police supposed to curtail cyber crime, lottery scammers,and trans-atlantic criminality?
Earlier this year with the predictable upsurge in criminal behavior, which always follows the PNP elevation to power, the police responded with what many label extrajudicial killings. The loudest condemnation came from those who benefit most from crime other than the known front-line criminals.
Many of the country’s Legislators are criminal defense lawyers, this glaring conflict of interest is not addressed by law. The people who are supposed to bring fidelity to the system are the very people who are the beneficiaries of the distortion within the system.
So they practise law even while they are in the legislature. They parade with high-profile clients/constituents/colleagues, even as they purport to represent the will of decent people.
Criminal lawyers are singly, the most repulsive, rapacious and craven creatures operating within the Jamaican criminal justice system.
Criminal Rights Lobby:
These are those who latch onto the nobility of Human Rights advocacy. In Jamaica this process has been hijacked and taken over by people with motives other than those intended in true advocacy. Some of those motives are hatred for law-enforcement, personal vendettas, and for personal gain. There is a lot of money to be had from overseas human rights agencies which actually are invested in human rights.
They are powerful in getting their views implanted into legislation. They are not however satisfied with advocacy, those foreign funds go to paying high-powered lawyers to file motions in the pathetic justice system to fight promotion of hero police officers.
The Confused Clergy:
The Clergy is by no means all bad, many preachers have risked their lives to tell the truth, as well as to speak out against the rampant criminality within the society. Many members have spoken directly to the women who are the mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters and employees of the men who are wreaking havoc on the Island. Several Pastors have been killed for speaking out. There are however the pretenders, those I call the Pharisees who use the clergy to further their political and fiduciary interest. These are the loudest, they speak out about what they call extrajudicial killings , with no facts, yet never have a kind word for crime victims.
Let me be clear this is no way an endorsement for unlawful police killings, wherever this is allowed to exist, no one is safe. What I am saying is that people not cognizant of the dangers police officers face in dealing with Jamaican’s criminals, are in no position to make judgement calls on what usually are life and death decisions made in a fraction of a second.
The Jamaica Observer a more sane and rational publication than it’s competitor has published what I thought is a useful and informative series of articles detailing the stories of notable Jamaicans who have evaded death on several occasions.
Needless to say most of the people telling their stories are Police Officers. Keith Gardiner o/c (Trinity), Cornwall Ford o/c (Bigga Ford)among others, the truth is this just scratches the surface of police Officers killed and to a lesser extent who have been shot at least once in the line of defending our country from criminals.
Yours truly is not removed from those statistics. I too was shot in the line of duty. I too had been shot at, numerous times in harrowing experiences which could have extinguished my life, had it not been for the mercy of the creator, and me putting my training to good use. As a result there is nothing more infuriating to me, nothing makes me more angry than know nothing people who sit around a computer, or within their circle of fools and pass judgement without a single iota of understanding of what it takes to be a cop on the island of Jamaica.
Left wing liberal judges:
This is very much an integral part of the systematic failure of the criminal justice system in Jamaica. When added to archaic laws, incompetent legislators, some corrupt police officers and a confluence of social societal ills we have a perfect storm of events which led us to where we are now in Jamaica.
In the interview Assistant Commissioner of Police, Keith (Trinity) Gardiner gave to The Jamaica Observer, Gardiner told of getting attacked by a group of men who were on a robbing spree. Gardiner stated that he was standing by his car when he was approached by the men, they pulled guns he pulled his weapon and all hell broke loose, he was shot and subsequently went to the Kingston Public Hospital to receive treatment, whilst there one of the men turned up also to receive treatment. Gardiner stated that after investigations it was reasonably concluded that the man was indeed a member of the group who attempted to rob him and arbitrarily shot him, the bullet that was eventually extracted from the body of this man was fired from Gardiner’s weapon.
Gardiner was ecstatic that the man was convicted in court. He was elated that the man who along with his cronies robbed a woman of her motor car, robbed others in a spree, then attacked and shot him in another robbery attempt had received his just due in the courts/
Three years imprisonment.
You see Trinity had reason to be ecstatic, the Jamaican courts are very hostile to the people/prosecutors, a conviction does not happen very often. Three years for a robbery spree where a police officer was attacked and shot. Trinity said the man told him during the interview process that had he known he was a police officer he would have most assuredly killed him.
As the howls of condemnation of the police escalated into a crescendo the rookie National Security Minister Peter Bunting demanded that the commissioner of police stop cops from killing people. Ellington conceivably can ill-afford to give up his position, so he drafted new use of force policies .
(1)Firing in the air to warn suspects.
(2) Yelling at armed suspects to drop their weapons.
(3) Yelling loudly so that witnesses may testify to hearing the verbal commands.
I wont continue any further with Ellington’s use of force policy, which are so nonsensical that they do not warrant serious consideration. What Ellington revealed is that he had zero understanding of police work, or how shootings occur in real life situations. Ellington may be a good administrator but as a cop he needs guidance.
Most shootings between police officers and criminals occur in a fraction of a second. In other cases where there are protracted shoot-outs between those two opposing factions ,the three aforementioned policy additions are moot for obvious reasons.
As for as the reaction of police is concerned ,many in the society argue that the police must retreat from criminals who attack them. Many vehemently state that police must allow criminals to walk free rather than risk hurting innocent bystanders even if the are under fire.
I am really not at my best when I hear these proposals, anger is not the best emotion, I understand that rational thought and anger seldom walk hand-in-hand.
Such is the nature of the country which depends on tourism as its chief foreign exchange earner. Most tourists to the Island never set foot outside the all-inclusive cocoon hoteliers place them in. The down side is that the tourism dollar is confined to the rich hoteliers whom are mostly foreign investors, so the money goes right back to Europe or North America.
But how can anyone blame hoteliers for protecting their guests? Foreign nationals to Jamaica’s shores are no different from anyone else in a strange country, you simply do not expect to be murdered simply for walking down the streets, or sharing a drink or some marijuana with a stranger, (those who smoke).
It wasn’t always like this, tourists were not always kept away from the locals, what keeps them away are harassment, pushy dope and trinket dealers and the astronomically high homicide rate.