Elites Within JLP/​PNP Created Culture Which Protects Them Places Police In Untenable Position…

Years ago I wrote a short arti­cle about the impro­pri­ety of Terrence Williams attend­ing advo­ca­cy meet­ings with Carolyn Gomes of JFF , and oth­er anti-police advo­ca­cy groups.
At the time the police were up in arms demand­ing that Williams be fired from INDECOM .

The Government of Bruce Golding scoffed at the idea and as the years pro­gressed it has become clear­er and clear­er that Williams is a polit­i­cal activist and a friend of the rul­ing JLP and the Elites on the Island.
To include those with­in the People’s National Party.
He was put in the posi­tion of com­mis­sion­er of INDECOM to do exact­ly what he is doing per­se­cute the police dri­ve up crime and keep law enforce­ment in Jamaica neutered.

As mur­ders, Rapes and oth­er vio­lent crimes con­tin­ue to surge , instead of stand­ing solid­ly behind the Police and Military as Countries like Colombia and even the Philippines have done and con­tin­ue to do, the Jamaican Government (both polit­i­cal par­ties) con­tin­ue to pla­cate crim­i­nals as they active­ly sup­port gang cul­ture in the zones of polit­i­cal exclu­sions (gar­risons) from which they oper­ate (con­stituen­cies.

This places the Police in an unten­able posi­tion. They are tasked with reduc­ing crime while the pow­er base of the politi­cians are in these very zones of polit­i­cal exclu­sions and are sup­port­ed by the Members of Parliaments who dou­ble as leg­is­la­tors.

In some cas­es the mem­bers of Parliament are active crim­i­nals , engag­ing alleged­ly in mur­der for hire, fraud, issu­ing guns to unem­ployed youths and oth­er crimes.
They are basi­cal­ly untouched as the sys­tem they cre­at­ed places them out­side the ambit of law enforce­ment.

The police are unable to reduce crime as the Government’s loy­al­ty is not to the con­sti­tu­tion , it is not fideli­ty to the rule of law which would cause them to have loy­al­ty and give sup­port to law enforce­ment.
Their loy­al­ty lies with and with­in the con­stituen­cies which keeps them in office.
This is true of both polit­i­cal par­ties which in many cas­es are lit­tle more than glo­ri­fied crim­i­nal gangs.

Here is a let­ter to a local news­pa­per on the issue of the police watch dog agency the Government of Bruce Golding cre­at­ed in 2010.….

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I took note of the fact that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), at its first quar­ter­ly press con­fer­ence on May 26, 2017, expressed alarm at the increase in police fatal shoot­ings for the first quar­ter of 2017 com­pared to the cor­re­spond­ing peri­od last year. The fig­ures pre­sent­ed by INDECOM showed a 45 per cent increase, which the Deputy Commissioner of INDECOM described as quite “dis­turb­ing”.

Mr Editor, let us recall that INDECOM was estab­lished out of a sit­u­a­tion where the pub­lic out­cry at the time was that there exists an inher­ent risk of appre­hend­ed bias in a sys­tem where ‘police inves­ti­gate their own’. This call accord­ed with the old adage: ‘Justice should not only be done, but should be seen to be done.’

Mr Editor, the pos­ture tak­en by INDECOM over time has caused me to ques­tion whether it has prop­er­ly inter­pret­ed its role as con­tained in the INDECOM Act, 2010. Does INDECOM have an advo­ca­cy or inves­tiga­tive role, or both? This seems to be a rea­son­able ques­tion based on the mode of oper­a­tion observed.

Mr Editor, it is my opin­ion that the 2010 act estab­lished INDECOM as an inde­pen­dent inves­tiga­tive body that incor­po­rates the func­tions of both police com­plaint and crit­i­cal inci­dent inves­ti­ga­tions. It, there­fore, means that its mis­sion should be to con­duct trans­par­ent, time­ly and neu­tral or dis­in­ter­est­ed inves­ti­ga­tion of alle­ga­tions of police mis­con­duct. One of the hall­marks of good inves­ti­ga­tion is that they are devoid of emo­tions and based pure­ly upon rea­son and facts.

PRINCIPLE OF NEUTRALITY

Mr Editor, I believe the prin­ci­ple of neu­tral­i­ty or dis­in­ter­est­ed­ness is breached when INDECOM goes to var­i­ous forums, some­times accom­pa­ny­ing advo­ca­cy groups, to lament about increas­es in police fatal shoot­ings. It is a well-known fact that sta­tis­tics, with­out the prop­er con­text, are mean­ing­less. What if the increase in police fatal shoot­ings is because brazen indi­vid­u­als are more inclined to take on the police in con­fronta­tions? What if the increase is a reflec­tion of changes in the polic­ing envi­ron­ment?

Mr Editor, I humbly sub­mit that INDECOM’s focus should be about dis­pas­sion­ate inquiries to ascer­tain whether these police shoot­ings are deemed jus­ti­fi­able or not and pro­nounce its find­ings accord­ing­ly, on a case-by-case basis. At these forums, INDECOM should be inform­ing the pub­lic on the num­ber of fatal shoot­ing inves­ti­ga­tions that have result­ed in charges being prof­fered against police offi­cers.

I urge INDECOM to clar­i­fy its role and leave emo­tion­al utter­ances to lob­by­ists, as jus­tice should not only be done, but should be man­i­fest­ly and undoubt­ed­ly seen to be done. I dare say INDECOM’s job is to inves­ti­gate.

MOYA WELLINGTON

Here’s what I had to say at the time Terrence Williams decid­ed to share a stage with anti-police groups..

INDECOM SHARES STAGE WITH CRIMINAL SUPPORTERS>

Last week there was an uproar over a rash of killings involv­ing Jamaican offi­cers and urban ter­ror­ists. According to reports 21 peo­ple lost their lives at the hands of the Jamaican police, the reports also stat­ed that a cou­ple of peo­ple got caught in the cross­fire. There is already a lot of con­clu­sion made on this mat­ter, even though the inves­ti­ga­tions has not yet deter­mined who fired the shots that killed the inno­cents. The men­tal­i­ty is that the bul­lets can only come from the guns of offi­cers. Of note is the fact that sev­er­al weapons have been removed from the streets by the police dur­ing those con­fronta­tions, includ­ing AK47 rifles.

I will now intro­duce to you some faces that you ought to know and remem­ber when you hear that crime is over-run­ning Jamaica. Do remem­ber these faces these are the faces of crim­i­nal sup­port in Jamaica, I will tell you who they are and quote for your their posi­tions on crime in our coun­try. You decide if this sit­u­a­tion is ten­able and tell us how long our coun­try should tol­er­ate this kind of behav­ior.

Public Defender Earl Witter JFJ’s Carolyn Gomes INDECOM comm. Terrence Williams

Witter is paid with tax dol­lars to inves­ti­gate instances of abuse on behalf of the pub­lic, frankly I do not under­stand the need for this failed crim­i­nal lawyer to be on the pub­lic pay­roll, but this is Jamaica, (every­one affi eat a food) every­one has to be fed, from the pub­lic purse no less. Carolyn Gomes a pedi­atric doc­tor who has been wag­ing a cam­paign of mis­in­for­ma­tion and per­son­al vendet­ta against the police force, her orga­ni­za­tion is fund­ed by for­eign human rights groups which has gen­uine inter­est in human rights. Gomes has used that mon­ey and influ­ence, par­lay­ing it into a per­son­al cam­paign of lies and innu­en­dos against defense­less Jamaican cops who do not have the soap box Gomes have to defend them­selves. Gomes was award­ed the order of Jamaica for her cam­paign against law enforce­ment . My per­son­al feel­ings regard­ing a National hon­or in Jamaica is, it’s not worth being spat on, in light of Gomes being award­ed one. Terrence Williams was hired to head the new agency, INDECOM that would inde­pen­dent­ly inves­ti­gate alle­ga­tions of police abuse. He has turned out to be a pow­er grab­bing nar­cis­sis­tic ego­ma­ni­a­cal turd. His inves­ti­ga­tions so far has not unearthed any­thing that the police through its own inves­ti­ga­tions have not unearthed when it inves­ti­gates its own.

INDECOM ASIDE GOMES AND WITTER HAS STRIDENTLY ARGUED THAT FOR THE KILLING OF CRIMINALS TO BE JUSTIFIED AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF POLICE OFFICERS MUST BE KILLED.

Yup! one can­not make that stuff up. Williams is the com­mis­sion­er of INDECOM, the agency charged with look­ing into alle­ga­tions of police shoot­ings in an inde­pen­dent and pro­fes­sion­al man­ner. Despite a lot of grand­stand­ing and pon­tif­i­cat­ing mis­ter Williams has not been able to inde­pen­dent­ly con­clude an inves­ti­ga­tion which shows a sin­gle case of unlaw­ful killing. This has not stopped Williams from being on tele­vi­sion and radio every chance he gets mak­ing state­ments and com­pro­mis­ing inves­ti­ga­tions in which his agency is active­ly engaged.

As if that was not bad enough INDECOM Terrence Williams joined the most vit­ri­olic anti police group in the country,(JFJ) Jamaicans for Justice, in a joint press con­fer­ence berat­ing the police for shoot­ing crim­i­nals and remov­ing sev­er­al guns from the streets, to include AK47 rifles. The Police Federation through its chair­per­son has cor­rect­ly hit back at Williams for being at that press con­fer­ence, and demand­ed he resign.The Federation has sent let­ters of com­plaint to the Governor General, the Prime Minister,and the Parliament to have Williams removed. In response INDECOM has fired back that it’s com­mis­sion­er has done noth­ing wrong and as such he should remain in his job.

We make no apolo­gies for shar­ing the con­cerns of organ­i­sa­tions such as Jamaicans for Justice or the Office of the Public Defender and air­ing our con­cerns in that regard,” the state­ment read. The state­ment indi­cat­ed that those con­cerns do not rep­re­sent an attack on the secu­ri­ty forces and should not be con­strued as such”.

This state­ment from the morons at INDECOM shows two things , (1) that they are com­plete­ly and unequiv­o­cal devoid of ratio­nal thought. If the agency sees noth­ing wrong with hav­ing a press con­fer­ence with JFJ it clear­ly is inca­pable of engag­ing in unbi­ased investigations.(2) That they are inca­pable of under­stand­ing their man­date.

That state­ment from INDECOM , what hubris? So here’s a new agency just formed recent­ly, stat­ing we make no apolo­gies , shouldn’t hubris be left out of this par­tic­u­lar debate? How could this new agency not see some­thing wrong with its actions in shar­ing stage with Carolyn Gomes. Gomes advo­cates the killing of police offi­cers, she has stri­dent­ly argued that even if the killings of crim­i­nals are indeed jus­ti­fi­able , it is unac­cept­able for offi­cers to kill them. What that means is that offi­cers should be killed in equal num­bers as crim­i­nals, . That is the view of Carolyn Gomes and Earl Witter. Clearly this has got to be the tip­ping point. Decent Jamaican will have to take a stand and demand that the police do more to root out bad apples with even more alacrity, but they must col­lec­tive­ly also put their foot down on the neck of JFJ and make sure that kind of non­sense is stopped once and for all.

As if all of this is not enough the recent­ly embar­rassed Jamaica labour par­ty has decid­ed to fur­ther destroy that par­ty by sid­ing with the peo­ple who are fight­ing tooth and nail against the police. Already Andrew Holness, Delroy Chuck, and Derick Smith have thrown their sup­port behind Williams cement­ing the wide­ly held belief that INDECOM was a tool of the JLP. The JLP would be wise to watch its words very carefully,sour grapes?The Police just vot­ed with the Jamaican peo­ple to boot them from office, and I must say that even though I loathe the PNP I would be more inclined to sup­port the PNP if the Labour par­ty sides with those who sides against the police.

I stand with decent law-abid­ing cops , my sup­port is with the rule of law, that com­mit­ment is unwa­ver­ing and unequiv­o­cal.