Govt. Pretends To Reorganize Police But Here Is What They Are Really Doing…

Jamaica’s mur­der sta­tis­tics are not get­ting bet­ter, in fact, they are get­ting worse. This year the Island is on track to record an even greater num­ber of mur­ders than it did last year.
In an attempt to fool the pub­lic, and cre­ate for the International com­mu­ni­ty, a sense that they are on top of the Island’s bur­geon­ing crime epi­dem­ic, the gov­ern­ment has embarked on a series of ini­tia­tives designed to pla­cate and con­fuse.
Chief among the admin­is­tra­tion’s smoke and mir­ror cha­rade is the (SOE) State Of Emergencies, and (ZOSO’s) Zones Of Special Operations, both of which includes the flood­ing of com­mu­ni­ties with the bod­ies of police and sol­diers, spot-checks and oth­er show of force band-aid approach­es, which are high­ly inef­fec­tu­al and sim­ply laugh­able as crime pre­ven­tion strate­gies in this day and age.

This is what Andrew Holness deserved when he dis­re­spect­ed the police offi­cers at their own retreat

The Jamaican Prime Minister would rather hob­nob with for­eign lead­ers like Benjamin Netanyahu, of the apartheid state of Israel with­out acknowl­edg­ing that those lead­ers do not tol­er­ate the lev­els of crim­i­nal­i­ty that he tol­er­ates. Even though they may be total­ly cor­rupt shit-bags them­selves.
The Prime min­is­ter’s horse and pony show were in full dis­play at the police fed­er­a­tion’s retreat in Ocho Rios recent­ly. There he showed up and dis­re­spect­ed them, reeled off a laun­dry list of plat­i­tudes and promis­es, all while telling them that what he real­ly wants is for them to be nice to the blood-thirsty mur­der­ers who are wag­ing war on the Jamaican peo­ple.
For the record, if this for­mer cop was a mem­ber of that group, as soon as he start­ed with his bull­shit I would have got­ten up and walked out.
Wouldn’t it have been nice if every­one had got­ten up and walked out leav­ing him stand­ing there talk­ing to Chang, Fitz Jackson and Antony Anderson?
Or bet­ter yet, take a tact from what the NYPD offi­cers did to Mayor Deblasio, who was far less deserv­ing of the cops action’s than Holness is.
Yea, but we are talk­ing about Jamaican cops, they are too shit scared to stand up for them­selves, so every Tom Harry and every Dick dis­re­spects them.
Nothing like the NYPD offi­cers, who to a man, turned their backs on Mayor Deblasio when they thought he had dis­re­spect­ed them.

The dam­age being done to our coun­try’s secu­ri­ty infra­struc­ture by this admin­is­tra­tion will be incal­cu­la­ble. This is not to sug­gest that the People’s National Party is in any way more equipped to deal with the new crop of hard­core crim­i­nals who are now oper­at­ing in the Jamaican space.
On the one hand, the Prime min­is­ter and his (non-police, ‑police com­mis­sion­er Antony Anderson), (Horace Chang, the National Security Minister, who heads St James most intractable gar­ri­son) is pulling the wool over the nation’s col­lec­tive eyes, Delroy Chuck the so-called (Justice Minister) is work­ing assid­u­ous­ly to strength­en the hands of crim­i­nals, by try­ing to give them a new start after they have com­mit­ted mur­der.
Or worse to ensure that they do not face tri­al for their crimes.

Delroy Chuck has orches­trat­ed a slick scheme which takes full advan­tage of the coun­try’s inabil­i­ty to bring cas­es to a res­o­lu­tion in a [time­ly man­ner].
As far as the Chuck and Holness show goes, vio­lent crim­i­nals (includ­ing mur­der­ers), will have their cas­es tossed from court dock­ets if there is no res­o­lu­tion at the end of five years. As I have writ­ten exclu­sive­ly before, this in and of itself is an invi­ta­tion and an oppor­tu­ni­ty for high-priced influ­en­tial crim­i­nal defense lawyers to get cre­ative in bring­ing to a vir­tu­al stop, mur­der cas­es involv­ing well-con­nect­ed accused, with a view to hav­ing those cas­es tossed.
Every accused per­son charged with a crime does have a con­sti­tu­tion­al right to a speedy tri­al. Now, what con­sti­tutes a speedy tri­al is for the experts to decide.
Nevertheless what it should nev­er be, is a gate­way and or an excuse for cor­rupt politi­cians to pre­vent their cohorts from fac­ing jus­tice, or to san­i­tize their vio­lent mur­der­ous crim­i­nal records as this admin­is­tra­tion is try­ing to do as we speak.
The issues which are being recy­cled by the gov­ern­ment are knee-jerk pro­pos­als which are not well thought out by peo­ple in the know.
Under the lead­er­ship of Commissioner Carl Williams, the Government through the JCF embarked on what they called then, a get the guns cam­paign.
I was opposed to it then, and I specif­i­cal­ly stat­ed the fol­low­ing.
Essentially, this is just anoth­er Gun Amnesty which gen­er­al­ly does pre­cious lit­tle to reduce Crime but pro­vides a stream of income to those already immersed in crim­i­nal con­duct and more specif­i­cal­ly those engaged in the gun trade. Generally, Criminals do not give up their guns, they will turn over unused or unus­able old weapons to the police while hold­ing onto their stash of real weapons.
Probably more con­se­quen­tial, a gun amnesty opens up new oppor­tu­ni­ties for gun traders to source weapons ille­gal­ly then sim­ply sell them to the Police/​Government at a prof­it.
The new head of the Police Federation echoed this posi­tion on nation­al radio days ago. It is good to see that they are begin­ning to learn some­thing and push back against the insan­i­ty of the Government, even though he mealy-mouthed said he was not opposed to it.

I was opposed to gun buy-backs even then , I am opposed to it today

Ask your­selves this ques­tion, what kind of gov­ern­ment refus­es to lay down the laws to crim­i­nals in defense of the peo­ple?
What is the fear of going after crim­i­nals, first with laws so puni­tive that every per­son with an ille­gal gun would bury it and nev­er look back at the spot where that gun is buried?
What it will take for the Jamaican peo­ple to wake up and smell the cof­fee is any­one’s guess. After all, we are not peo­ple par­tic­u­lar­ly well known for crit­i­cal think­ing. Political loy­al­ties are life­long, break­ing out of those con­fines are not some­thing we are known for.
The across the board assault on the way we effec­tu­ate the rule of law in Jamaica at the present time, does not lend itself to a reduc­tion in the crime sta­tis­tics.
Conversely, it will result in new lev­els of crim­i­nal­i­ty in Jamaica and even­tu­al­ly, across the region no one bar­gained for, as Jamaican crim­i­nals take their brand of mur­der and may­hem inter­na­tion­al.

It is not out of the ordi­nary for Jamaican crim­i­nals to cre­ate mam­moth empires and build them out inter­na­tion­al­ly, result­ing in tremen­dous grief to tens of thou­sands of inno­cent peo­ple spread out over large geo­graph­i­cal areas.
The Shower and Spangler’s poss­es were two of the more well known and infa­mous ones, but there has been a long litany of oth­er vio­lent Jamaican crim­i­nal gangs which were forced to leave Jamaica dur­ing the 80’s rule of now deceased for­mer Prime Minister Edward Seaga.
Faced with long prison sen­tences or cer­tain death those gang­sters emi­grat­ed to the United States Canada and Britain and changed the way law enforce­ment dealt with gangs, particular;y in the United States of America.
The “Showa Possee,” a mur­der­ous gang which had its roots in Tivoli Gardens is eas­i­ly the most renowned of those gangs.
To this day, law enforce­ment and media enti­ties in the United States believe that the gang derived its name from show­er­ing its adver­saries with bul­lets.
The truth of the mat­ter is that the Gang derived its name from its asso­ci­a­tion with the Jamaica Labor Party and it’s 80’s mantra “Showa”.
These groups, includ­ing the [Showa Posse] in par­tic­u­lar, were key­to the Authorities deci­sions to draft tough laws like the “Rico statute” in the United States, which linked oper­a­tives of those gangs into crim­i­nal enter­pris­es, and insti­tut­ed seri­ous puni­tive reme­dies for par­tic­i­pa­tion in such groups.
That was in the ’80s when those crim­i­nals ran away from Jamaica, this is 2019 and crim­i­nals are not run­ning away from Jamaica they are being dumped onto Jamaica through the process of depor­ta­tion from every coun­try in which Jamaicans live and break their laws.
Juxtapose that with the tech­no­log­i­cal advances of today, the smarts of today’s crim­i­nals the shack­les which have been placed on the police in Jamaica, and it is easy to see where this is head­ed.

For those in the dias­po­ra who wish­es to pull their heads from their polit­i­cal ass­es, as well as the Island’s tra­di­tion­al part­ners, it is impor­tant that what this admin­is­tra­tion is doing is not allowed to go with­out a response.
The entire process is cor­rupt to the core. How do we get to a place where a court agrees with a dou­ble mur­der­er that his con­sti­tu­tion­al rights are infringed by his being in jail for a few years with­out a tri­al?

Mervin Cameron and Christopher Wilson, were arrest­ed and charged with mur­der, con­spir­a­cy to com­mit mur­der, ille­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm, and rob­bery for the 2012 mur­der of Barrington Davis, then deputy chief of secu­ri­ty at Jamaica Post, and his female friend, Patricia Lumont-Barnswell.
Cameron was award­ed dam­ages and request­ed a $30-mil­lion pay­out from the Government after he lan­guished in jail for near­ly six years while his case wound its way through the court sys­tem.
Yes, a Jamaican court agreed with a mur­der­er that being locked up as he awaits tri­al was a breach of his con­sti­tu­tion­al rights.
The court, in a land­mark two-to-one major­i­ty rul­ing hand­ed down last year, found that his con­sti­tu­tion­al right had been vio­lat­ed and award­ed him dam­age, but ordered pros­e­cu­tors to pro­ceed with his tri­al swift­ly.
Davis and Lumont-Barnswell were kid­napped from his home in St John’s Heights, St Catherine, in August 2012. Their decom­posed bod­ies were found with mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds in a cane field in Innswood, also in St Catherine, accord­ing to local report­ing.
Of Friday, May 31st the Home Circuit Court in down­town Kingston hand­ed down a unan­i­mous ver­dict of guilty in the case against Mervin Cameron and Christopher Wilson.

This is what Jamaica has become, a top-to-bot­tom crim­i­nal enhance­ment enter­prise which pays lip ser­vice to the rule of law but behind the scenes is inher­ent­ly cor­rupt.
When the Prime Minister speaks with his forked tongue about police asso­ci­a­tions, he knows ful­ly well just how hyp­o­crit­i­cal and duplic­i­tous­ly he is as he makes those asser­tions.
Sure, some police offi­cers are cor­rupt, but an arm of gov­ern­ment being some­what cor­rupt is a func­tion of a com­plic­it gov­ern­ment.
What is hap­pen­ing to Jamaica is over much of the Jamaican pop­u­la­tion heads.
In the end, it is the ordi­nary man who ends up dead on the street cor­ners dai­ly. Their bul­let-rid­dled bod­ies grotesque­ly sprawled encased in their own dry­ing blood, or their heads chopped off.



Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police cor­po­ral, busi­ness own­er, avid researcher, and blog­ger. He is also a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog chatt​-​a​-box​.com. You may sub­scribe to his blogs free of charge.