Drug Dealers Or Not, Their Alleged Treatment Defied Human Decency…

ALLEGATIONS AND COUNTER ALLEGATIONS

The saga in which five Jamaican Nationals were arrested by United States Coast Guard for well over a month in 2017 and did not allow them to contact their family members who thought they were dead should concern all Jamaicans.
The incident was remarkable enough to prompt the American Civil Liberties Union to file a lawsuit on behalf of four of the men in the state of Florida.
In the video above, the men recounted their ordeal and stuck to the narrative that they were innocent fishermen whose engine died and their boat drifted offshore.
The men spoke at length about the treatment they received at the hands of US Coast guard authorities and the subsequent guilty plea they took in order to be allowed to return to Jamaica to see their families after doing time in an American prison.


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At the same time, the US Authorities have insisted that the men were marijuana smugglers. They claimed they recovered a specific amount of marijuana,( 613 pounds) to be exact. They also claimed that they found seven 20-gallon fuel drums and two 55-gallon fuel drums. According to the reporting in the (local Observer), the Affidavit filed in the Southern District Court of Florida, did not elaborate whether the drums contained fuel or not.
As such, it is difficult to reconcile the significance of the mentioning of the fuel drums in the Affidavit(outside of simple accounting of course). Most significant to the American prosecutor’s case I thought, was the fact that they said they found no fishing gear to back up the claim of the Jamaicans that they were indeed fishermen.
Having watched the video twice I thought to myself that the men could actually be both fishermen and drug smugglers, as there is no mutual exclusivity between the two.

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I also thought about fishing gear from the start. If they had fishing gear on board and indicated to the American Coast guard, that they were actually fishermen, it still would not mean that they are not drug dealers if they had drugs on board their vessel, or had been seen tossing the cargo overboard.
Having fishing gear on board would mean nothing in that situation, if drugs were found.
On the other hand, the men said that the US Coast guard destroyed their boat, which indicated to me that there was something untoward going on.
I know that American authorities have gone over and above what is required when they deal with people of color. I know American Police have been known to frame people for crimes they have not committed.
Nevertheless, I found it strange that the US Coast Guard would destroy a boat and incarcerate innocent fishermen who have merely drifted off course.
The US Coast guard has been a force for good in helping stranded fishermen and others stranded at sea, regardless of their nationality, so if they are lying about this, to my mind it would be an anomaly.

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DRUGS FOR GUNS AND AMMUNITION

Since we do not know what occurred out there on the high seas, we are left to speculate and opine based on what the two sides alleged.
At the same time, we are fully aware that Jamaica is awash in guns and ammunition, much of which the local police tells us comes in through the drugs for guns trade.
We make no determination whether these men were drug dealers or not. What we do know is that the [US Coast Guard] has been instrumental in apprehending untold shipments of drugs before they enter the United States, and in the process, have also destroyed numerous small shipping vessels used to transport the drugs.
We do not know who to believe in the scenario as is alleged by the two competing interests. Sufficing to say it would be helpful if the Americans had video documented the event, so that their claims could have had more validity as far as their affidavit reveals.

TREATMENT OF DETAINEES

Which brings us to the question of how the men were allegedly treated. We have heard the men tell their stories of how inhumanely they were treated by American authorities after they were taken into custody.
Again, this writer has no information outside that which has been reported to bolster the claim of the defendants in this matter, or to substantiate the allegations of the charging authorities, neither will the many who will have varying opinions on this case.
However, from my perspective, the fact that the ACLU has filed a suit in court on behalf of the men, indicates to me, that there is some evidence that they were treated inhumanely or outside of what they were entitled to as detainees of the US Government.
Under all circumstances,( including wars), according to the Geneva Convention prisoners are to be treated with respect dignity and care.
These men weren’t prisoners of war even, at best they were suspects in a criminal case. Under what authority did the US Coast Guard keep them chained on deck their boat under the elements for a month if true?
How is that even defensible? Even if they were murderers, that treatment is outside the norms of decency and normal civilized conduct. The Americans would be screaming blue murder if their [white] nationals were treated that way by another country.In fact they would be prepared to go to war over it.
Would they have liked it if their drug dealers were arrested by Jamaican authorities and treated that way?
If true, the Commanding officer and everyone involved who treated those men with such barbarity and such indifference should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
However, the families of these men should not hold their breath for accountability from America.
At the helm of the Federal Bureaucracy sits a despotic tyrant who rips babies from their parents puts them in cages, and in many cases some have died. He does not respect the laws of his own country, neither does he respect large sections of the American population which are non white.
It follows, therefore, that the treatment allegedly meted out to these black Jamaicans, (regardless of whether they committed a crime or not), was dastardly and inherently barbaric, but not out of the norms of what is expected under a tyrant like the one which is in charge today.

This incident must be held up to the world so that it may see what is happening to people as a result of a despotic regime which has zero respect for established national or international norms.
The harm being done to people far extends outside the shores of America and it must be held up so the world may see for itself, what tyranny cloaked under a facade of Democracy looks like.

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.

Just In Case You Thought This Degeneracy Was A Thing Of The Past


Paul Congemi

A Florida mayoral candidate’s racist tirade went viral after he told a group of activists to “go back to Africa” during a mayoral forum in2017.
According to local reporting, Long-shot St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Paul Congemi made the comments while addressing rival Jesse Nevel, a white supporter of the socialist Uhuru Movement, which seeks slavery reparations for African-Americans.
“Mr. Nevel, you and your people, you talk about reparations,” Congemi said, according to video of the outburst. “The reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations. Your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama.”

This disgusting piece of germ-infested fecal matter epitomizes the fact that racism is a degeneracy of the mind. A sick and endemic level of low self-esteem which causes the victim to feel good about himself only by debasing others.
It is a disease which attacks the intellect, or should I say it is a disease which finds fertile ground in nonintellectual brain-space. That space is usually found in Caucasians, the last race to emerge into the light of civilization.
Someone ought to give this imbecile a few classes in real history, not the (his-story )they have concocted and perpetuated over the last several hundred years. One which once again is in and of itself a clear sign of their low self-esteem and lack of elevated intellectual maturity.
Lies, false statements, misinformation all intended to feel good about themselves, at the expense of others.
Their ascendancy into the light of civilization has been the bane of humanity. Their contribution has been death, theft, murder, and war across the globe. They have taken simple creations like gunpowder created by the Chinese, and weaponized it into a weapon of mass destruction.
They are the only ones to have used an atom bomb to kill millions of brown people despite the fact that both the first and second world wars were started by them, Caucasian Germans. 

Should I go on, or has this inbred been educated enough?
Oh, by the way when they came here our ancestors were long here, three hundred years before they arrived.
We had traveled to India, Australia, and places they never dreamed existed. They thought the Earth was flat, these imbeciles believed they would fall off the edge of the earth if they ventured too far away from their European caves.
[Christopher Come-Rob-us] wrote about it in his journal. He thought when he arrived in the Islands he had landed in India. The fool was lost, hence his naming it the [west indies].
Nevertheless, their criminal intent was immediately evident, they decidedly laid claim to places they arrived at, where they were greeted and welcomed with kindness.
Unfortunately, the hospitality and generosity of brown and Black people would be repaid with barbarism, inhumanity, deception, and savagery. From the Caribbean Islands to the tip of South America all the way to the shores of Africa
the ancestors of savages like the one above, demonstrated that they cannot be tamed and should never be trusted.
They have honored no hand of friendship, respected no outstretched hand of kindness. They have honored no treaty or agreement to which they have attacked their John Hancock.

There needs to be an education campaign for these inbred low IQ former cave dwellers. But before that happens we as a people must first know who the hell we are.

Depraved Indifference!

Jason Van Dyke sentencing

Marvin Hunter, great-uncle of Laquan McDonald, reacts after Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Jan. 18, 2019.


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Tiffany Van Dyke, center, and daughters are escorted out after Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced her husband former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Jan. 18, 2019.
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Defense attorney Daniel Herbert addresses reporters after the sentencing of former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Jan. 18, 2019.
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Activist William Calloway addresses reporters after the sentencing of former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago.
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Special prosecutor Joseph McMahon addresses reporters after the sentencing of former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago.
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke reacts with attorneys Tammy Wendt and Daniel Herbert at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago.
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke and his attorney Daniel Herbert leave the courtroom after Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago.
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke reads a statement at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago.

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Police officers watch the live stream as Judge Vincent Gaughan delivers sentence for former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Jan. 18, 2019.
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Tiffany Van Dyke, wife of former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, cries as she testifies at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago.
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke cries as daughter Kaylee, a junior in high school, testifies at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago.
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Jason Van Dyke’s father, Owen, takes the stand at Jason Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Jan. 18, 2019.
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Former FOP president Dean Angelo Sr., a retired 37-year Chicago police officer, testifies at Jason Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing on Jan. 18, 2019.
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Keith Thompson, Jason Van Dyke’s brother-in-law, testifies at Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago.
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Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia visits the courthouse as Judge Vincent Gaughan holds sentencing hearing for former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke on Jan. 18, 2019.
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Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson talks to press before Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Jan. 18, 2019.
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Edward Nance, who alleged he was roughed up by Officer Jason Van Dyke during a traffic stop on the South Side in 2007, testifies at Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago.

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Eric Breathett testifies about being pulled over by Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2009, at Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing on Jan. 18, 2019.
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Deaf motorist Alberto Luces testifies in sign language at former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago.
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Prosecutors called Jeremy Mayers testifies former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke choked him in 2011, during Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Jan. 18, 2019.
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Tiffany Van Dyke, wife of former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, attends Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Jan. 18, 2019.
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Jeremy Mayers testifies about how former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke handled him in 2011 during Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Jan. 18, 2019.
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As their first witness, prosecutors called Vidale Joy, who said in August 2005 he had a run-in with police and former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, during Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Jan. 18, 2019.

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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke and his attorney Daniel Herbert talk during Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago. 
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. 
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Prosecutor Joe McMahon speaks during at former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Jan. 18, 2019.
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke under watch from a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy during his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago.

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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke enters the courtroom for his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago.
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Jason Van Dyke is escorted into the courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Dec. 14, 2018.
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens during his hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Dec. 14, 2018.
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke and his attorney Daniel Herbert attend Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago. 

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Attorney Daniel Herbert speaks to his client, former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, as he is prepared to be escorted out following his hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Dec. 14, 2018.

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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke is escorted out of court following his hearing on Dec. 14, 2018.

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Jason Van Dyke appears before Judge Vincent Gaughan for a presentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Dec. 14, 2018.
Verdict

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, is led away after his guilty verdict in his trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Oct. 5, 2018.
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Booking photo of convicted Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke from Oct. 5, 2018, the day of his convictions.
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Three jurors, who didn’t want to be named, speak about their experiences in the trial for Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, after the verdict at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Oct. 5, 2018.
Day 11

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, center, leaves the Leighton Criminal Court Building at the end of the day after closing arguments were completed and the jury began deliberating in his murder trial in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald on Oct. 4, 2018, in Chicago.
Day 11

Activist William Calloway, center, and the Rev. Gregory Livingston, far right, sit in the gallery as they watch closing statements in the murder trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Oct. 4, 2018.
Day 11

Prosecutor Jody Gleason talks about Officer Jason Van Dyke firing his gun, during closing statements in the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald on Oct. 4, 2018.
Day 11

Owen Van Dyke, center, watches at the trial of his son, Officer Jason Van Dyke, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Oct. 4, 2018.
Day 11

Prosecutor Jody Gleason begins closing statements at the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Oct. 4, 2018.

Day 10

Dean Angelo, former president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, addresses reporters after attending the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Oct. 3, 2018.
Day 10

Reporters and members of the public attend the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke on Oct. 3, 2018, in Chicago.
Day 9

Barry Brodd, an expert in police use of force hired by the defense, holds a toy knife and rushes toward attorney Daniel Herbert as they re-enact a scene for the jury at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Oct. 2, 2018. Using a tape measure, Herbert had Brodd stand 13 feet away — the distance between Laquan McDonald and police Officer Jason Van Dyke when the first shot was fired.
Day 8

Yvette Patterson testifies during the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald on Sept. 27, 2018. She testified that she encountered McDonald in her alley at 3 a.m. on the day of the shooting and called 911.
Day 7

Rudy Barillas, left, the truck driver who called 911, testifies during the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 26, 2018.
Day 7

Owen Van Dyke, center, attends the trial for his son Officer Jason Van Dyke at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 26, 2018.
Day 6

An animated video portraying Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald is shown to the jury on Sept. 25, 2018.
Day 6

A computer animation of Laquan McDonald’s body with “laser-based analysis” is shown to the jury during the trial for the shooting death of McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 25, 2018.

Prayer and protest

A group of protesters from the United Methodist Church, Good Kids Mad City and Community Renewal Society prays and chants during a worship service and protest outside the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 24, 2018.

Day 5

Prosecutor Jody Gleason points to a medical examiner’s diagram showing the wounds to Laquan McDonald, during the trial for the shooting death of McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 24, 2018.

Day 5

Tina Hunter, mother of Laquan McDonald, watches the trial for the shooting death of McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 24, 2018.

Day 4

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke and wife Tiffany hold hands as they’re escorted from the Leighton Criminal Court Building after the prosecution rested its case, on Sept. 20, 2018.
Day 4

Special prosecutor Jospeh McMahon rests his case as he stands before Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 20, 2018.
Day 4

Tina Hunter, center, wipes her eyes as she watches from the gallery during the trial for the shooting death of her son at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 20, 2018.
Day 4

Urey Patrick, a use-of-force expert hired by prosecutors, testifies during the Jason Van Dyke trial in Chicago on Sept. 20, 2018.
Day 4

Scott Patterson, an FBI ballistics expert, testifies during the fourth day of the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, on Sept. 20, 2018.

Day 3

Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar explains a diagram of bullet entry and exit wounds found on the body of Laquan McDonald, as it is shown to the jury on Sept. 19, 2018.

Day 3

Cook County Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, who is illuminated by the light of a computer screen, describes the bullet wounds Laquan McDonald suffered during the trial for the shooting death of McDonald on Sept. 19, 2018.
Day 3

The Rev. Jesse Jackson attends the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 19, 2018.
Day 3

Gregory Brate, a state police firearms examiner, holds the 9 mm semi-automatic handgun used by Officer Jason Van Dyke, during the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald on Sept. 19, 2018.
Day 3

Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, far left, describes the bullet wounds that Laquan McDonald suffered, during the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 19, 2018.
 
Day 3

Assistant special prosecutor Joseph Cullen questions a witness during the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald on Sept. 19, 2018, in Chicago.
Day 2

A photo provided by the Chicago Police Department of clothing belonging to Laquan McDonald taken on the day McDonald was fatally shot, is shown to jurors Sept. 18, 2018.
Day 2

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens to testimony during his trial Sept. 18, 2018.

Day 2

An image of a prosecutor’s exhibit shows one of the 16 bullet casings, taken by the Chicago Police Department, on the day Laquan McDonald was fatally shot.

Day 2

Jason Van Dyke’s 9 mm semi-automatic Smith and Wesson, which was used in the shooting of Laquan Mcdonald, appears at the trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 18, 2018.
Day 2

Xavier Torres testifies during the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 18, 2018. Torres said he heard gunshots and saw Laquan McDonald fall to the street, followed by a pause and more shots.
Day 2

Police Officer David Ivankovich testifies during the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 18, 2018. Ivankovich testified how he and his partner were responding with a Taser to the shooting scene on the night Laquan McDonald was killed.
Day 2

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens during his trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, on Sept. 18, 2018.
Day 2

Tiffany Van Dyke observes her husband’s trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 18, 2018.

Jason Van Dyke trial

People in the courtroom listen during the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 17, 2018.
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Sheriff deputies watch the room at the back of the courtroom during the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Sept. 17, 2018.
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Laquan McDonald’s great-aunt, Carlissa Hunter, takes the stand to testify during the trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Sept. 17, 2018.

Opening statements

Daniel Herbert, lead lawyer for Jason Van Dyke, motions with the 3-inch blade Laquan McDonald carried the night he was fatally shot by the Chicago police officer, during opening statements in Van Dyke’s trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 17, 2018, in Chicago.
Opening statements

Special prosecutor Joseph McMahon holds the 3-inch blade Laquan McDonald carried the night he was fatally shot, during opening statements in the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 17, 2018, in Chicago.
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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens before his trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 17, 2018, in Chicago.
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Protesters gather as Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 17, 2018, for the start of his trial in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.
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Protesters gather as Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sept. 17, 2018, for the start of his trial in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

The trial and conviction of Jason Van Dyke

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was tried and convicted in 2018 in the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
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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.

Harvard Rescinds Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv’s Admission After Racist Messages


The teen called the decision “deeply disturbing,” arguing that Harvard has hired “bigots and antisemites” historically.

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By Andy Campbell

Kyle Kashuv, a pro-gun survivor of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, says Harvard College rescinded his admission after racist messages he shared among his high school peers surfaced last month. Kashuv, an 18-year-old high school senior who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School early last year, posted a photo of a purported letter from Harvard withdrawing his admission. “After careful consideration, the [Admissions] Committee voted to rescind your admission to Harvard College,” the letter reads. “We are sorry about the circumstances that have led us to withdraw your admission, and we wish you success in your future academic endeavors and beyond.” The letter follows HuffPost’s report of Kashuv’s text messages, shared in a Google document for a class study guide, in which he made racist remarks. In the document, seen by classmates and obtained by HuffPost, he repeatedly uses a racist slur:

Kyle Kashuv repeatedly used a racist slur in a document seen by multiple students. 

Kashuv, who apologized last month for making the slurs, posted a series of tweets on Monday calling Harvard’s decision “deeply disturbing.” “Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites,” he said. “If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn’t possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don’t believe that. I believe that institutions and people can grow.” 

Kyle Kashuv@KyleKashuvReplying to @KyleKashuv

7/ Harvard decided to rescind my admission with the following letter.

Asked to confirm the letter’s authenticity, a Harvard spokesperson said the college doesn’t comment on individual cases, but provided a list of reasons the school might rescind admission, including “behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity or moral character.” Conservative pundits decried Harvard’s decision on Twitter. “Harvard’s auto-da-fe sets up an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet,” wrote commentator Ben Shapiro. NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch tweeted: “NEW RULE: Everyone will be retroactively adjudicated for their past childhood sins and made to pay the price now.” Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito tweeted: “Shameful of Harvard. Kyle Kashuv’s better off not going there and instead of getting a meaningful and quality education elsewhere.”This story first appeared in the Huffingtonpost.com.

INDECOM’s Hamish Campbell Investigates Jamaican Cops Despite Checkered Past……

This is Les green who spent 8 years in JAMAICA, as an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Green painted a picture of an island with a backward policing system and officers who were next to lazy.

I have always wondered what exactly it was that impressed Jamaican authorities about Mark Shields, Les Green and the other British Cops who emigrated to Jamaica, supposedly to help transform the Jamaica Constabulary Force into a modern police force, or so they say.
The truth of the matter is that from what we have heard, Mark Shields got himself a Jamaican bride, secured himself a security company in our country, or so we are told.
Never mind that even if they do not stay, they end up spending significant amounts of time before leaving.
And what is it about these white men going out to the Colonies being referred to as [Expatriates] while Black people heading to England are mere [immigrants]? So you never thought about that? Okay, then it’s just me.
None of those [immigrant cops]have fascinated me more than Hamish Campbell who arrived as overseer and second in charge of INDECOM.
And I will talk a little about Hamish Campbell a little later but I wanted to just highlight some things which Les Green said about the local cops he was forced to encounter out there in the colony.
We all know how the Colonial masters view the lazy sub-human peasantry. But I rather prefer to let Les Green speak for Les Green and you can decide if he even bothered to hide the old tropes and bigoted attack lines which they have always used when they speak of black people.
Never mind that at the time the unintelligent Jamaican media gobbled it up and saw nothing unsavory or disgustingly offensive in those tropes.
Instead, they used the opportunity to pile on the police, their black countrymen and women.

Said Green: “When I first went there, the forensic capability was very poor and ineffective. There it still takes up to two years to get DNA results, unlike in the UK  where you can get them in two days.”He added: “In Jamaica, there is nothing like the sense of urgency I had in the UK where I would send someone out to take a statement and they would do it immediately. There, I could send someone out for weeks on end and eventually they would come back with a statement. “If a pretty girl walks past, they will look at the pretty girl instead of what they are doing. There is always tomorrow, always another time to do something. There’s always a drink or a pretty woman to distract them.” Green, is credited with bringing about significant improvements to Jamaica’s criminal investigations, particularly homicides, described his eight-year tenure as frustrating because of the level of violence and weak systems of investigation. (Gleaner)

I do share Les Green’s frustration with the colonists after all, why wouldn’t he be annoyed at the time? They shook us from the Queen’s broke and destitute frock-tails over 57 years ago. Battered and in shambles after the blitzkrieg of Hitler’s Luftwaffe, England wanted someone to give her handouts, instead of being responsible for anyone.
Since then, we haven’t managed to stand on our own, we still insist on calling her “our sovereign lady“, even though I cannot imagine why? We refuse to write a constitution which demonstrates that we can govern ourselves without depending on the British to mediate our disputes, and determine our most serious criminal cases.
What we have demonstrated, is that when the rubber meets the road we cannot trust ourselves to decide on our own without “Massa”, deciding for us.
Green’s broadside was the typical racist trope of the lazy, oversexed blacks who have no intelligence or sense of urgency. Unfortunately for the politicians and media, couched in his insults was the language which spoke to their inadequacies as well but it completely went over their heads and they curtsied, bowed and agreed with “Massa“.

I had one slight concern about Les Green’s comments at the time and still to this day I still have those concerns. You know outside the Overseer/Natives thing he had going on there.
When Les Green said the following, did he think that because we are backward natives,[sic] we did not know what goes on in dreary bleak Old England?

“In Jamaica, there is nothing like the sense of urgency I had in the UK where I would send someone out to take a statement and they would do it immediately. There, I could send someone out for weeks on end and eventually they would come back with a statement. “If a pretty girl walks past, they will look at the pretty girl instead of what they are doing. There is always tomorrow, always another time to do something. There’s always a drink or a pretty woman to distract them.”
Wait just a minute there, according to…
(https://whathappenedtomadeleinemccann.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-biography-of-hamish-campbell-man_28.html
Hamish Campbell the [British Immigrant] investigating our police officers was actually the lead officer in a murder case in which evidence was allegedly planted in order to gain convictions.

Hamish Campbell – was the (IO) Investigating Officer- placed in charge of the day-to-day investigation into Jill Dando’s murder in 1999. He was primarily responsible for the arrest and charging of Barry Bulsara, known also as ‘Barry George’, with the murder of Dando. Bulsara was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Jill Dando but subsequently acquitted, seven years later, on appeal.
Prior to the appointment of Moore and Campbell to run the case, the investigation had found nothing of interest, despite over 7 months on the case. The Met had thousands of registered informants. Not one of them had come up with any information at all about who might have killed Jill Dando and why. A reward of £250,000 for information (about £½ million today)   had produced nothing. Operation Oxborough had interviewed in depth Dando’s family, friends, lovers (of whom there had been many) and colleagues. As Gillard and Flynn correctly observed in their book (p. 428), “The murder investigation was at an impasse”. Then Campbell took over.
The only forensic evidence against Bulsara was a speck of firearms residue said to have been ‘found’ in his coat pocket. Hamish Campbell appeared on Crimewatch to reinforce in the public’s mind that it was an obsessive loner they were looking for. He asked for the public’s help in identifying such a person.
It was a full 15 days after the Cecil Gee coat was seized that it was taken to a Mr Robin Keeley of the Forensic Science Service on 2 May 2000. That 15-day delay has never been explained. He then found a single speck of firearm residue inside the left pocket, and said that it was consistent with the type of firearm used to kill Dando. 
D.  Cliff Richard, a friend of Jill Dando, was interviewed ‘a number of times’ by the police investigating Dando’s killing.
Barry Bulsara spent 7 years in prison before he was released after winning his second appeal.

The pattern was evident in an earlier case this time it was the case of Ira Thomas a black man, who was quote [fitted up with a murder charge]
The Appeal Court heard the appeal on 13 February 1992 and quashed the jury’s majority decision. Thomas was immediately released from prison.
See The fabrication of evidence against Ira Thomas/ at the link provided above.

But there is more, it is important to bring some of these facts to light after the former Immigrant Les Green attempted to slime the natives in the former Colony. According to the reporting, there was a significant amount of at least low-level corruption at Begravia Police Station at the time. Belgravia Police Station is close to Harrods, owned by Al-Fayed. Al-Fayed did favors for Begravia-based police officers. Police officers returned the favors. Indeed, there was already an anti-corruption investigation at that time into the so-called ‘Hamper Squad’, a group of Belgravia-based officers who would arrest and harass anyone, including his own employees, suspected of aiding and abetting his bitter business enemy, Lonrho tycoon ‘Tiny’ Rowland. The greedy officers had a continuous supply of free hampers and huge discounts on Harrods goods. Indeed, one honest officer, Bob Loftus, gave the anti-corruption unit the actual names of police officers who had accepted these bribes. No police officer, however, was ever prosecuted for these criminal offenses.
At the time, Al-Fayed owned the now-defunct satirical magazine, Punch. Officers also leaked details of the Dando investigation to Punch, prompting a leak inquiry. 
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I wonder how Les Green could have missed these acts of corruption? Even more significant, how could Hamish Campbell not be aware of these crimes being committed by his colleagues at the Begravia station?

But Hamish Campbell, whose career has more question marks than answers, is in Jamaica as we speak. His job as Assistant Commissioner of INDECOM is to weed out dirty cops from the JCF.
Now, remember that as the Investigating officer, Hamish Campbell’s investigations suddenly turned up a speck of firearm’s residue said to have been ‘found’ in a coat pocket that other officers had already searched thoroughly in a case which was seven(7) months old when he took over the Investigations.
Either Hamish Campbell is a superior super sleuth or Hamish Campbell has skeletons in his closet we need to unearth.
If the Jill Dando investigations are anything to go by, the arrest and conviction of an innocent man and his subsequent exoneration, then the latter interpretations about Hamish Campbell is more on point.
Barry Bulsara was allegedly [fitted up], British lexicon, for framing an accused, in a case in which Hamish Campbell was the chief investigating officer. Barry Bulsara was acquitted after spending 7 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
What part if any, did Hamish Campbell play in fitting up Barry Bulsara?

Hamish Campbell is now a Deputy Commissioner of INDECOM, one of the many agencies tasked with oversight of Jamaica’s Security Forces.
I fundamentally believe Terrence Williams is a pseudo [titular] head of INDECOM. I believe that he is at the helm of INDECOM because it would seem too much of an, in your face insult to the nation to bring in an immigrant(Hamish Campbell), and make him head of a government agency.
Terrence Williams political affiliations and his bellicose anti-police persona, makes him the ideal candidate to be a titular head.
Nevertheless, we have seen nothing in the Career path of Hamish Campbell which would cause the Jamaican Government to bring him in and make him an investigator and decision maker over our police soldiers and corrections officers.

The recent decision of a seven-person jury in the supreme court last week to free two police officers investigated and charged By Terrence Williams and Hamish Campbell seems in line with Hamish Campbell’s history.
Which is to manufacture evidence, coerce witnesses to lie and to concoct false evidence on which to [fit-up] innocent people for crimes they have not committed.
Quite interestingly INDECOM seems to now have a fascination with firearm residue and have gone to great lengths to bring in foreign so-called experts. While the police defendants and their legal teams have no power or resources to vet their resumes.
With close to 2’000 homicides each year in Jamaica the Jamaican Government brings in zero foreign experts to convict the murderers.
INDECOM brings in foreign experts to testify in an effort to try and convict our hard working poorly compensated police officers.
Long before the so-called [death squad] case was even brought, we received numerous reports that INDECOM was inducing and coercing alleged witnesses to lie in order to convict the officers.
Clearly, a jury saw through the lies and those seven Jamaicans sent a powerful message for justice and the rule of law.
Unfortunately for Jamaica, Terrence Williams and Hamish Campbell are still in their jobs. Neither of these hacks has been scheduled to answer for what occurred with the evidence in this case.
This Administration and the one it succeeded has insisted that INDECOM is answerable to a select committee of the Parliament.
We have seen no evidence that either Terrence Williams or Hamish Campbell will be hauled before that committee to explain the allegations which have swirled around this particular investigation from day one.
The jury has done its job, but don’t hold your breath for the politicians to do theirs.

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.

They Bitched About So-called Extra-judicial Killings, Notice Their Silence At The Gang-kilings?

Have you ever stopped to think about the crass hypocrisy of those serpents who decry the police for what they call ‘extra-judicial killings“? While they surreptitiously remain deathly silent about the “myriad killings in our country“.
Not that we can allow our police to kill whomever they want, that is totally unacceptable, but our police should never fear getting investigated and imprisoned for doing their job.
We expect and ask our police to go out and enforce our laws so that we can feel safe and secure in our homes and in public spaces. The truth of the matter is that the mechanics of that are not always pretty or palatable to digest, simply put it is not pretty to watch sometimes.
As a young CIB officer, I went to Maddens funeral home at the request of my Sub-officer in charge of Crime, Detective Sergeant Wallace to observe a post-mortem examination. I had done this several times before as a young investigator.
This time the victim was a young man who was stabbed in the neck area and had died. The killing happened in the White Hall Avenue area of Kingston 8. The victim had not bled much, so there was an expectation that when his corpse was cut open there would be a significant amount of blood inside.
Even armed with that expectation, I was totally unprepared for the ghastly sight of the semi-congealed blood which gushed out of that young man’s corpse when the porters opened it up.
A wave of nausea washed over me instantly and I dashed out of the building and vomited up everything that was inside me.

Dealing with the dirt and grime of law-enforcement can be gruesome and unsavory, we send soldiers to war and we expect them to win. In times past, losing meant being taken into slavery or killed, so everything rode on winning.
Corrections officers have to be tough as nails, because it is their job to deal with individuals we do not want to be roaming around in our communities.
It is that same mindset which must be attached to the process of law enforcement. Unfortunately for us, we remain stuck in the nonsensical belief that a person who has some medical training is capable of flying airplanes. We believe that college professors who are politicians will make great ministers of finance. In other words, having an undergraduate degree or even a graduate degree or two automatically qualifies the degree holder to do any and everything.
That is the reason that Peter Bunting a Banker was made National Security Minister. The earthy and unpredictable Robert Montaque an agronomist, was also given the same job, and today we have a medical doctor in that office.
Using that same logic I suggest that when Chang is done at National security he be given the job to fly airplanes.
It is that stupid and regressive thinking which has gotten us into this mess, but most of all it is our propensity for talking shit, when we have no idea what we are talking about.

Sure, we have had bad police shootings in our country, as have every other country in which there is poverty, drugs, lack of opportunities and lots of guns and ammunition. That is not to say we are okay with them, but we understand that they occur.
What is been done with the data on police-related shootings is a duplicitous conflation of the numbers in order to advance a certain point of view, to shape policy and to empower and legitimize outsiders who would interfere in our country’s affairs. It is instructive to consider that they do not put chains or restraints on their law enforcement officials and they damn sure do not tolerate violence in their own societies.
By virtue of them conflating every police-related shooting into a bad shooting, every police-related killing became an “extra-judicial killing.
Remember my initial point about people trained in one discipline being viewed as know it all? Well then, you have Carolyn Gomez a baby doctor, Susan Goffe [a know-nothing loudmouth], Horace Levy another loudmouth who argued criminal gangs, were [corner-crews]sic, in order to discredit the police’s version of events.
Now, these tools could have cried in their soup all they wanted without consequence, if there was strong leadership in Jamaica House. But we did not, we had Bruce Golding a weak power hungry tool who ran away from the labor party to form the National Democratic Movement only to fail and run back to the Labor party and Edward Seaga with his tail between his legs.
Yes, that same Bruce Golding who refused to extradite Christopher [Duddus] Coke to face justice in the United States for his crimes.
Rather than look at the data and stand up for the police department which had been decimated by the weak and feckless failure Percival Patterson, Golding gave over the country to Carolyn Gomez and Jamaicans for Justice.

Rather than commence a program of repairing the ramshackle police stations, providing computers to the police so that critical data can be uploaded in the fight against the Island’s equipped criminals , and rather than paying the police better and providing them with more of the tools they needed, including legislative tools, Bruce Golding was too busy defending Duddus Coke.
Bruce Golding admitted to hiring Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to lobby Washington for a favorable outcome in the contentious ‘Dudus’ extradition drama, according to the Observer.
Golding had previously lied to the nation’s parliament in 2010 when questioned by the Opposition’s Peter Phillips about the incident.
In the end, Bruce Golding was forced to fess up to hiring the law firm, but even then he managed to couch his dastardly actions by stating that the payment came from the JLP rather than the Government.
So for Bruce Golding, it was okay for the Jamaica Labor Party to pay a foreign law firm to lobby for a favorable outcome for a gun running drug lord, while the police had no tools to do their jobs.

Bruce Golding gave the nation INDECOM and all it’s side effects, as well as the Tivoli affair and God knows what else?

Said Bruce Golding…..

“I SANCTIONED THE INITIATIVE, KNOWING THAT SUCH INTERVENTIONS HAVE IN THE PAST PROVEN TO BE OF CONSIDERABLE VALUE IN DEALING WITH ISSUES INVOLVING THE GOVERNMENTS OF BOTH COUNTRIES. I MADE IT CLEAR, HOWEVER, THAT THIS WAS AN INITIATIVE TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE PARTY, NOT BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT,” GOLDING SAID YESTERDAY.
“A PAYMENT OF US$49,892.62 WAS MADE TO MANATT, PHELPS & PHILLIPS ON SEPTEMBER 18TH 2009. THESE FUNDS WERE SOURCED FROM FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE PARTY. RUMORS AND SPECULATION CARRIED IN THE MEDIA THAT THESE FUNDS WERE PROVIDED BY CHRISTOPHER COKE ARE COMPLETELY FALSE AS THE PARTY IS FULLY AWARE OF THE SOURCE OF THESE FUNDS,” HE ADDED.
PRIME MINISTER GOLDING FURTHER INSISTED THAT THERE WAS “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ILLEGALLY OR SURREPTITIOUS” ABOUT WHAT HAD BEEN DONE, ARGUING THAT THE ENGAGEMENT OF LOBBYISTS TO ACT ON BEHALF OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, POLITICAL PARTIES OR CORPORATIONS IS A WELL-KNOWN PRACTICE IN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNED BY LAW. SOURCE: CARIBBEAN 360

Today, Bruce Golding’s creation, INDECOM , has been proven a dismal failure. The agency lies and influences manufactured witnesses to give false affidavits and to lie under oath in order to convict police officers for crimes they did not commit, all to pad arrest and conviction numbers. Those numbers are not arrests of criminals, they are the false arrest of police officers who go out to protect the country for the most part.
INDECOM has not earned it keeps, but it has surely resulted in an increase in violent crimes as the Island’s murderers are no longer afraid of the police coming after them. Yet in 2018 the Jamaican taxpayers coughed up in excess of $353.35 million Jamaican dollars to fund that money sucking dark hole..
The rest of the funding comes from even darker corners of the International community, with interests which do not line up with a prosperous Jamaica.
As one of my friends wrote in response to one of our articles recently, well why not let him tell it?

Until the police are given a state mandate to fight and push back crime we are beating a dead horse here. A country with 2.8million people should never be so crime-prone with all the cultural and psychological amenities available for just about everybody. With so much oversight groups created to oversee such a small police force in fighting crime against some of the most vicious criminals on the planet is egregious,the millions of dollars allotted to finance unessential agencies like Indecom is a total waste of government funds, instead such monies would be wiser spent on health care, education and equipping the security forces better to deal with crime and violence. It has been costing the health care system in Jamaica an astronomical amount of money annually just to deal with everyday trauma cases at hospitals across the country just to treat people with gunshot wounds derived from criminal shootings which clearly underscores my plea to cut funding for Indecom drastically and reallocate the money to the hospitals around the country. The amount of wanton killings and shooting of innocent Jamaicans far outnumbers the number of questionable shootings alleged to have done by our security forces,the time is now to repeal or abandon the Indecom act and release the shackles from our men and women in uniform to go out and face the killing machine which is the crime monster. Hamish Campbell needs to be sent packing back to England where he belongs and to the country which started our social woes in the first place. As for big mouth Williams,he needs to go and set up shop for a law practice which he went to school for and get paid from the criminals and gunmen which he is so obsessed with for him to defend them in courts of law in the country and stop freeloading off a system which is struggling to finance it’s security forces efficiently to fight crime in a crime-ridden bastion in the Caribbean called Jamaica . (LS)

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.

INDECOM’s Web Of Deceit And Lies Unravels, Cops Unanimously NOT Guilty After Only 40 Minutes….

In an age when we ought to know better, the desire to attract clicks on their websites and to sell newspapers transcended decorum, and honest reporting.
After all, the subject they were slandering were the whipping boys of the tiny Island Nation of 2.7 million.
Who cares about defamation and slander when the police are their targets? So they ran with the blaring headlines for months and months.
DEATH SQUAD COPS CHARGED WITH MURDER BY INDECOM
There was no presumption of innocence, or worse yet who cared about whether they were innocent, there is no need to use the word “ALLEGED“.

Chucky Brown

And so it went for Detective Corporal Kevin Adams and Constable Jerome Whyte , tarred and feathered, slandered and defamed as state-sanctioned mercenaries of death.
They were dragged through the merciless maze of the criminal justice system, forced to deal with the lies of their former colleague the infamous constable Collis Chucky Brown now doing life after cozying up to Terrence Williams and admitting to crimes believing he would get immunity. The officers had no ability to defend themselves.
Anyone unfamiliar with the intricacies of this case would never guess that the two were officers of the law. For the supposed investigators at the over-zealous INDECOM who coerced witnesses to lie and fabricate evidence against these two officers, the end would justify the means. Convicting these officers was all that mattered.
It did not matter that these were men who went out and placed their lives on the line to protect and defend. It did not matter that as former National Security Minister Dudley Thompson said in the 70’s, no angels died at Green Bay. INDECOM was out for blood and the complicit Media was a willing partner in the smear of the two officers.
It did not matter that both officers maintained that their actions were justified as they carried out their duties that day.

The officers were charged with Murder of Anthony (Toby) Trought, the prosecution alleged that they killed the deceased in cold blood. The officers maintained they acted in self-defense. But such is Jamaica when the nation asks officers to step between mindless killers and the society, when they act they face the prospect of a murder charge even with the absence of [malice]a key component to prove murder.
The two officers were not the only ones overzealously charged with murder. The zealot Terrence Williams and the imposter from Scotland yard Hamish Campbell who failed to investigate his colleagues properly when they were alleged to have framed a black man of murder charges had much larger designs.
Thirteen other officers were caught up in the web of deceit, lies and false testimonies which was the heart of the prosecution’s case.
Detective Corporal Adams was already exonerated in the killing of one accused last January. After being investigated and charged by the very same Terrence Williams and his cronies.

And so today, INDECOM‘s web of lies, zealotry and anti-police venom was eviscerated in the Supreme Court, as a jury of seven Jamaicans returned a verdict of not guilty after deliberating for just over half an hour.
This case is more than just INDECOM, an out of control agency paid by taxpayers. It is about the leaders of that Agency, their hatred for the police and the powers given to that agency which is used as an instrument of revenge.
In the meantime, the officers were going through their ordeal the criminals in Clarendon have filled the space, killing anyone who dares to cross them, including shooting Police Officers.
The Jury of seven conscientious Jamaicans saw through the web of deceit and lies and returned a resounding unanimous verdict for justice.
All we can hope for is that that conscientiousness will mutate throughout the law-abiding population and spark a movement, but I will not hold my breath.
Even after the two officers were found [NOT] guilty, the complicit Gleaner headlines blared the same defamatory sludge “Not Guilty…Clarendon ‘Death Squad’ Cops Freed Of Murder”.


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.

Jamaica Could Be Experiencing Double-digit Growth If She Dealt Decisively With Crime….

We Jamaicans have always been known to be unconstrained by rules, boundaries or laws. We are wild and crazy people, who will push the boundaries of acceptability, until the rope line flings us backward.
It is that kind of wild abandon which makes us unconcerned about obeying laws and rules while simultaneously demanding peace and tranquility within the same space in which we created the disquiet and mayhem.
We demand that the police deal decisively with the issue of crime while we protest when they arrest the criminals. We expect the trappings and comforts of modern first-world societies, yet we are reluctant to deal with the inconveniences which must precede the laying of the modern infrastructure we crave.

It seems to me that we are in a dilemma about what it takes to bring Jamaica to the stage we all want her to be because we are a microwave people who must have what we want now and without any delay. That is the quagmire in which we find ourselves, as we seemingly are unaware of what it takes to build the kind of society we demand.
At the center of this quagmire are some political leaders whom I must conclude, knows what it takes to build our society the right way, but are more concerned with electability than speaking the truth to their constituents.
I do understand that dilemma, we are an opinionated people who will not allow facts or rational reasoning to get in the way of our emotions and preconceived perceptions.
Then there are others I think, like the PNP’s Damion Crawford who is smart, intelligent and is unafraid to tell it like it is.
That may explain why Crawford is finding it difficult to acquire or hold on to a seat in the lower chamber in Gordon House.
The majority of the people are still unprepared and unwilling to hear intelligent truth so they hold onto misplaced fantastical myths.

The question I continue to ask of the Jamaican people is this, ” how do we attain a society built on the rule of law, if the lawmakers are themselves, criminals’?
How do we build a society where everyone is able to live out their lives in security and peace if we are unwilling to submit to the laws of the country?
How do we compete in the world if we continue to create a [pretentious system] which is soft on criminals, while we demand an end to crime?
The simple answer is that we cannot. We have to make the hard choices that we do not want the level of criminality that presently exist in our country and at the same time, we must be prepared to accept that removing all of that garbage will not be pleasant to look at.
If we fail to make the hard choices we are merely delaying the inevitable. Given enough time we will not have the ability to turn back from this precipice we are heading toward.

After the second world war, the Russians built out and expanded Communism all across Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and even in satellites as close to us as Cuba and across Latin America. Jamaica may have been saved the destructive clutches of Communism by the late Edward Seaga, who pushed back against Michael Manley’s determined flirtations with authoritarianism and his desires to see Jamaica become a satellite of the then Soviet Union.
Today many Jamaicans are fixated with the notion of the CIA’s interference in our country, but they are blissfully unaware of what was about to beset our country, had Michael Manley had his way in turning Jamaica into a proxy of the Soviet Union.
Sure, the CIA’s interfered in our affairs, but the actions of the Americans were directly attributable to ensuring that the Soviet Union did not gain another foothold in their backyard, they were already in Cuba and Nicaragua, etc..

Michael Manley

Manley was determined to tether our country to a failing 20th-century military power. One which was operating on an unsustainable 19th-century economic model.
States of the former Soviet Union like Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, etc, were barely eking out a living through subsistence farming, done largely through the use of horse and ox-drawn plows. Yet the proceeds of their efforts had to go Russia, the center of the Empire to fund Russian militaristic exploits across the globe. In the end, the Soviet Empire crumbled because it was a mammoth iron beast with feet made out of clay.
The Soviet empire collapsed because it ran out of money, plain and simple. Hungry, angry, broke and disillusioned many of the former satellites of the Soviet Union hated the Russians.
They themselves wanted out of the Soviet vice and could not wait to break away and align themselves to the west as soon as the cracks became evident in the communist facade.

In the same way, the Soviet empire crumbled because it could not sustain itself, Jamaica, an Island which begged to become a satellite of that sinking ship, cannot build a prosperous society unless it faces up to the reality that the corruption in the society is a major hindrance to full growth and development let alone prosperity.
Sure the present administration has made some positive economic moves which have borne positive results. The results of which are evident in the growth indices. Nevertheless, those numbers are nowhere near where they need to be for anyone to begin celebrating.
In a March 18th, 2019, Editorial theDaily Gleaner said the following.

Despite minister of finance Nigel Clarke’s valiant attempt at playing up the growth numbers for last year during his Budget presentation, the reality is that the hope for an acceleration of gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the Jamaican economy has not occurred. The much-heralded Growth Council does not appear likely to realize its ‘5 in 4’ growth target. The last time the Jamaican economy grew anywhere near to three percent per annum was over a decade ago. The Jamaican economy seems stubbornly locked into a low growth equilibrium path, averaging only about one percent per annum over the last 30 years. Over the same period, the Chinese economy, for example, has had double-digit annual GDP growth rates, resulting in the complete transformation of the economy and society. For Jamaica to achieve the much sought-after transformation, it must grow for a sustained period at an annual rate of at least five percent per annum. Growth has eluded the country, despite tremendous efforts at reforms. Much more needs to be done to achieve faster growth.
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20190318/editorial-growth-and-2019-20-budget

Andrew Holness PM

(1) That [much more] entails, relaxing the massive bureaucratic burdensome restrictions which discourages people from starting new businesses. As a result, they resort to the underground economy which is thriving and growing.
(2) Eliminating corruption from public bodies engenders trust and gives potential investors and entrepreneurs the confidence they need to invest, thereby expanding the formal economy.
(3) Most consequential, is the need to arrest the freedom of the murderous gangs which have all but taken over the Island, and are operating with near impunity.
Without a doubt, the lethargic growth rate that has plagued the Island, is directly attributable to the fear investors, diaspora- residents and others feel of being murdered.
The freedom of criminals to summarily murder whomever they will and get away with it, stems directly from the lack of testicular fortitude coming from the leadership on what to do to the murderers.
Instead of ensuring that there is no safe haven for murderers in our country, the Island’s political leaders have created and maintained a false narrative that stridently and decisively enforcing the nation’s laws is the same as abusing the rights of citizens.
This nonsense has given immense cover to those who would engage in, harbor, and support criminal behavior.
And so like the Soviets the Jamaican people are being conned into a sense that prosperity is just around the corner. The prosperity which they will never see with the present conditions even if they manage to stay alive.


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.

We Launched Our First Podcast, Guess What We Are Talking About?

We are excited that we will now be doing Podcasts along with our regular blogs as we continue to communicate with you, even as we are reminded that we must acquiesce to the times and the varying ways in which you want to consume information.
We hope that you will give us feedback so that we may be able to work to make this venture better and more pleasant for you our subscribers.

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.

Comm. Anderson Unable To Address Issue So Minister Runs Interference And Blunders…

Minister Of National Security Horace Chang

Having heard the Minister of National Security addressing the pepper-spraying incident of former Deputy Superintendent of Police Altamont (Parro ) Campbell by the police, I was stunned that the Minister would publicly offer an opinion in his capacity as Minister of National Security while the incident was fresh and still under investigation.
More consequential to himself I thought, was the fact that the Minister would offer opinions without the requisite knowledge of the laws and the(RT, Act) Road Traffic Act in particular.
The Minister, a medical Doctor, is not a lawyer or police officer.
He isn’t a former police officer either, So the Minister for all intents and purposes, is no more, no less, than an average citizen on this issue. Chang says the Senior cop did not behave appropriately. He says it’s the type of behavior noted among politicians and others who feel they are above the law.
The National Security Minister says it’s the Senior cop’s aggressive behavior that caused the on-duty policeman to use the pepper spray.
I was with the minister on the need to obey the laws and particularly when he referenced politicians and others in the society who believe they are above the laws.
Nevertheless, his assessment on what transpired is a rapid departure from what I and countless others saw on the video and my understanding of the Road Traffic Act.



Commissioner of Police Antony Anderson

The minister has made some missteps including likening the police to glorified security guards, and not defending the cops when he needed to since he took office. I believe that the Minister’s attempt to defend the officer in this case, may be an attempt to ingratiate himself with the police after his previous missteps.
And so the Minister has found himself running protection for commissioner of police Antony Anderson who is himself not a police officer or lawyer and so he cannot respond to issues of this nature with any degree of authority either, without embarrassing himself.

Neither scenarios of the Minister running protection for Commissioner Anderson, nor Commissioner Anderson playing it safe so as not to embarrass himself, absolves the so-called Police high command, which has incompetently failed once again to be out front on this, as it has on so many other issues.
The Police has an information arm which is something which it never had during my brief stint in the late ’80s to early ’90s. Why was there no official statement from the inept police high command?
Why did the Commissioner of Police hide from the media when he could have stepped in front of the microphones and given a generic statement like the following.

[We take note of the incident involving one of our officers and a member of the public”. “We have protocols in place to ensure the safety of the public when they come in contact with our officers, at the same time, we fully appreciate the difficult circumstances under which our officers are asked to perform their duties. As a consequence, we ask the public to allow the process to play out and the investigation to come to a conclusion.
We promise that the process will be fair to all parties as we are bound to protect the public, while ensuring the safety and security of our officers.]

The foregone was a generic statement we drafted which the Commissioner of police could have made to the media or send his media person out to make.
It would indicate to a skeptical public that the lethargic police were not asleep at the wheel.
At the same time, Deputy Commissioner of Police Selvin Hay who was appointed Inspector General of the JCF told the media that he has not done an inventory to see whether solutions are available, after pepper spray has been employed, but he said the High Command will be rolling out a suite of less-lethal weapons to help police maintain law and order. This is likely to include more pepper spray, tasers, batons and handcuffs. “Everything is being looked at, so if there is not sufficient, then we will certainly look at where they are needed, because there is never ever any plan to put the officer out there, both for him to be at risk and for him to be at risk to the citizen,” he said.
Of course, being a part of the high command Hay could not avoid stuffing his foot all the way into his own mouth.
Quote; A lot of people just jump on the word ‘training’ as if we have this Police College that trains people to be disrespectful and unprofessional and unconscionable.”
Nobody trains anybody to shoot without justification or to spray somebody without justification; that is not what training does. It is a supervisory regime that needs to be improved and people being held accountable. That is what needs to be improved.

DCP Selvin Haye

I beg to differ, it is about training. Supervisory breakdowns are about training your own attitude indicates it is about training.
In every instance that there is a breakdown of established protocols training has to be re-evaluated to see what can be fine-tuned or done differently.
But Haye’ comment is typical of a [so-called high command] which has consistently seen itself as different and detached from the officers on the front line.
As I have said maybe a thousand times, get rid of some of the Selvin Hayes and give me a good constable determined to serve the public, and I feel a lot better any day.

Pepper Spraying Incident Shines Light On Shortcomings



By now every person and their mother have seen this unfortunate video. I was surprised at the escalation of this incident, but I will be constrained in what I say here as this incident is fresh and still under investigation. In the interest of full disclosure, I know Parro Campbell, I worked alongside Parro Campbell, he is my friend. I trusted him with my life.
With that said, I will try my best to be objective and treat Mister Campbell as every Jamaican citizen ought to be treated when they are stopped by the police.
It is also important to remember that we do not know what transpired before the young son of mister Campbell started rolling the camera. As such we should look at the demeanor of the officer and the motorist, mister Campbell.
There was no yelling going on by either actor and as we heard mister Campbell’s son conceded, his dad had overtaken a line of vehicles, not necessarily an infraction if it is done safely and in a place where he had a clear line of vision, and is allowed to overtake.
Nevertheless, it clearly was enough to get mister Campbell pulled over by the officer.

Now, I am a former police officer long removed from enforcing the laws, so where I may misinterpret the laws please do not be too harsh with the cussing.
If the officer asked the motorist for his driver’s license and the motorist says he does not have it on him. He should ask if the motorist has any other form of identification by which he may be identified.
If the motorist does not, then he must produce the registration and proof of insurance upon which the officer would enquire whether the motorist is the registered owner of the vehicle. If the motorist answers in the affirmative then the officer would then ask for his name and date of birth, and match it against the information on the insurance and registration documents. The officer then goes ahead and write the citation/s for which the motorist was initially pulled over.
It is important that as long as the motorist does not obstruct the officer, by not supplying the other documents, (a-la, insurance cert., registration, etc) then the motorist has (5) days to produce his driver’s license to a police station of his convenience. Those are the dictates of the Road Traffic Act.

So let’s go back to the video, the officer asked the motorist for his driver’s license and was told the motorist does not have one on him.
There are several things which went wrong as the incident escalated out of control, but I will not litigate the video because I believe there is one sticking point here which negates everything else.
The officer went from asking for the motorist drivers license to threatening…….Arrest.
It seems to me that the motorist, a former police officer, knew that the officer had erred and was humoring the uniformed officer because he knew that the officer really had no power of arrest on the issue.My personal knowledge of the motorist tells me that in typical fashion mister Campbell would have jokingly showed the officer the error of his ways given time.
This brings me to the point I want to make. An officer is most effective, not when he is the most determined, even though I respect a determined officer, he is most effective when he is right on the law he is enforcing.
Since this incident, I have read hundreds of comments and heard dozens of points of view from past and present members, I have come away even more convinced than before, that we are not training our police in a way that is commensurate with the complexities of the times.
If the other constable on the scene knew the traffic law he should have pulled his colleague aside and walk him back from his immediate demand that the motorist exit his vehicle.
Obviously, he wasn’t up to speed on his powers under the law either, or he did not have the esprit de corps to care about the proceedings. He was basically a disinterested party and that is equally as dangerous as the ignorance of the (RT Act) displayed in that unfortunate video recording.
As we get closer to robotic cops enforcing traffic laws in the powerful industrial nations, it is imperative that we equip our human officers so that they do not find themselves in situations like this one.
There will be a gazillion opinions on who did what, or what should have been done differently,(mine included), that’s okay, but at the end of it all, this matter rests on the (RT Act), not on our opinions.
An officer cannot go from requesting a motorist’s driver’s license to threatening arrest. More and more citizens are becoming more and more educated on the laws, they understand the protections they have under the laws, so the police officer*must* be fully conversant of his powers when he deals with the public.

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Since this Article was first published, additional research have revealed that a new Road Traffic Act has been drafted to replace the old one.
The new Road Traffic Bill, which will repeal and replace the existing 1938 Act, was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 6-2018).
Offenses under the Bill include: driving without required motor vehicle insurance coverage ($20,000); driving a motor vehicle without being the holder of a permit or driver’s licence ($40,000); failure of driver to obey traffic light ($24,000); loud noises within silence zones and failure to wear a protective helmet ($5,000); failure to comply with traffic signs ($10,000); and failure to stop at pedestrian crossings ($12,000).
It is not fully clear whether or not the new law is already in effect, although we have been informed that it isn’t.However we have been unable to independently confirm whether it is in fact in effect. If it is in effect, it does put the uniformed officer in a different and better light.

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.

It’s Not Just The Politicians, Jamaicans Have A Collective Soft Spot For Criminals…….

OUR HISTORY OF LIONIZING MURDEROUS PUNKS FROM RIGEN TO THREE-FINGER -JACK, SANDOKAN TO NATTY MORGAN, JIM BROWN TO TONY BROWN AND GEORGE FLASH IS WELL DOCUMENTED

CLAUDIE MASSOP, BUCKY MARSHALL,BIYA MITCHELL,BURRY BOY,TONY WELSH, FEATHER MOP, DONOVAN CINQUE, ZACKIE THE HIGH PRIEST, COPPER, SANDOKAN, WALLY DREAD, PETER CUPS, MONKEY STEWBERT, DUBAL, DINAL,WAXIE, BROWN MAN, TANTUDDY , SEXY PAUL, TEDDY PAUL, IAN MASCO, NINEY, GENERAL STARSKY, JIM BROWN, BASKIN, DEVON STAR, TONY BROWN, WATERHOUSE BUNNY, GEORGE PHANG, WESPICK, LENIMENTS CURLY LOCKS, GOLD STREET, CHUBBY DREAD,
DELROY UZI EDWARDS, TEK LIFE, EARL FROWZER, NATTY KUNDA,
NATTY CHRIS, WATER BUGGAH, FIA BUGGAH, COW, EARLY BIRD, JIMMY SPORT, CLAUDIE SHOE, GEORGE FLASH, ZEEKS, MR WONG. DUDDUS.
The list is endless.

If the Police are not allowed to go after the gangsters and get the guns wherever the hell they are, because remember, the Prime Minister said police are no longer allowed to kick in doors and arrest criminals. And when an accused murderer is finally brought to court he is given bail and turned loose right away. Worse yet, on the rare occasion that these vicious gangsters are found guilty, they are given a tap on the wrist. And if the government now wants to expunge their criminal records, then, what are the people supposed to do?

The citizens are going to take the law into their own hands, and that is something no one wants.
Government has a duty and a responsibility to protect the citizenry. In fact, it is the primary responsibility of any government from as far back as Medieval rulers who built walls and other fortifications to protect their people.
Unfortunately, this rather simple reality has not yet dawned on those on whose shoulders it falls to protect the Jamaican people.
It is not as simple as some police officers turning a blind to far too much, or selling their badges.
It transcends some prosecutors not aggressively prosecuting some crimes.
It’s more than just citizen-legislators not having the balls to write legislation which is clear and unequivocal in its resolve against crime, because of course, many of them are criminal defense lawyers. You know, the lawmakers are the lawbreakers?
It is not even just about judges who sully the Bench by taking bribes, or as products of their environments, refuses to sentence violent felons to long prison terms.
It is more than the prison officials who allow contraband into the system and creates through their corruption, another layer of criminal conduct in the penal system. Or even letting convicted felons out for days on end while they are supposed to be locked up.
It is about all of the foregone and then some.
But most of all it is about a collective culture which is highly tolerant and deferential to criminal and lawless behavior.
It is that backward thinking which caused the People’s National Party to send Anthony Brown and George Flash overseas after they had committed numerous murders in the ’70s including the killing of police officers.
Murder is not a statute, it is according to common law. And so there is no [statute of limitation], when you kill someone if you get caught a hundred years later you can be prosecuted.
The fact that Anthony Brown and George Flash were never prosecuted means that some police officers were complicit in destroying the files which should have been used to prosecute them on their return to Jamaica.
Somehow they knew that they would never be held accountable and so they returned with nary a care in the world.

It is a collective national disease of the mind which is unfortunately centered on demonstrating to criminals that we care more about them than looking after crime victims.
It is a twisted and warped psyche which defaults to empathy for criminals rather than their broken victims.
And so we have to face the reality from Jamaica House on down, that the way we have dealt with criminal conduct has been regressive and of itself a contributing factor to the growth of crime in our country.
There is not a single conscientious Jamaican who could logically argue that we have not as a nation, dedicated far too much of our energies worrying about how we treat dangerous murderers than we have spent caring about those killed and or those left behind to grieve and suffer.
It is kind of a scenario in which a kid spills red wine on the white shag carpet. He had no business touching and his parent’s wine and the more he tries to clean it up, the worse the carpet becomes.
He started out doing something which he shouldn’t have done, and rather than just stop…….. He continues to try to clean up what was started all wrong and does more and more damage.

As a country, we can come to the recognition that we are not having the intended results from our efforts. That’s usually a sign that we have been going about our approach to crime all wrong.
I understand how difficult that can be to accept. In fact, even some who have spent decades in law enforcement would rather question the messenger than look at the message. What we have developed in Jamaica is a far too nuanced approach to law enforcement.
We have become the man who with his son was taking their donkey to sell at the market. You know the story they listened to every person with an opinion until they lost the donkey.
There is one way to deal with criminals. The state must make it clear that those who decide on a life of crime must expect no quarter for their actions.
The greatest deterrent to crime is a no-nonsense punitive approach, those who are not deterred society ought to have a remedy for them as well.
We have become a criminal centered society and part of the reason for that is that the entire leadership of the country at every level have passed through the far left leaning doors of the University of the West Indies.
Politicians on both sides think as a monolith on everything outside their own rapacious desire to survive politically.
The lack of [alternative] critical-thinking, from the worldview derived from the UWI, has confined the nation to a bunch of autocrats at every level who are monolithic in their thinking.
They are preoccupied with arranging the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic, instead of readying the lifeboats.

The Ruling Against A Cop Accused Of A Horrific Body Cavity Search Is A Rare Victory For Police Accountability

By MARK JOSEPH STERN

Qualified immunity is a plague on the criminal justice system, a made-up rule that allows countless government officials to violate Americans’ constitutional rights with impunity. On Tuesday, however, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a rare decision denying qualified immunity to a law enforcement officer who allegedly engaged in horrific misconduct that, in other contexts, might constitute sexual assault. The case highlights just how appalling an official’s malfeasance must be for his victim to receive a semblance of justice in court. The ghastly chain of events in Campbell v. Mackwere set off when Kevin Campbell, a black man, drove past Daniel Mack, a white police officer in Allen Park, Michigan. Campbell was driving his wife’s new minivan, which had a temporary license plate clearly displayed on the back window in compliance with the law. But Mack pulled him over, ostensibly for driving without a license plate. Campbell revealed that he did not have a driver’s license, but handed Mack his state ID card, as well as the new vehicle’s paperwork. Mack ordered him out of the car.

As soon as Campbell exited the car, Mack handcuffed and frisked him, then put him in the back of his cruiser. Campbell complained that the handcuffs hurt his wrists; in response, the officer allegedly tightened them and said, “that’s the loosest they’re going to get.” He also accused Campbell of stealing the minivan. Mack put his police dog directly into Campbell’s car, then searched it himself—all without any apparent probable cause.
The officer then took Campbell to the police station, where he uncuffed him. Campbell noted that the handcuffs were too tight and showed Mack the bruises they had left. Mack told him that “handcuffs leave marks on everybody.” (Campbell later received treatment for his damaged wrists at a hospital.) Mack then said he believed Campbell was hiding drugs and needed to perform a strip search, though he did not attempt to obtain a warrant. The officer put Campbell in a cage and told him to take off his pants.

Campbell objected, but Mack allegedly directed him to “get naked” and “drop his draws,” telling him: “You’re in a holding facility. You’re getting naked.” Asserting that he detected “a narcotic odor,” Mack told Campbell: “We’re getting down to the nitty-gritty.” Campbell said that was “not possible” because he did not do drugs, but Mack insisted that he was hiding narcotics, declaring: “Your pants are unzipped. I’m gonna find it one way or another, all right. So we can do this the easy way or the hard way. What do you got in your drawers?” (Campbell denies that his pants were unzipped.)
Mack then pulled down Campbell’s pants and underwear, bent down, and examined Campbell’s genitals. Campbell repeatedly asked the officer to stop and told him, “Nah, you can’t do that, man,” but Mack responded, “Yes, I can, yes, I can,” and escalated the search. Mack allegedly felt underneath Campbell’s genitals, telling another officer he had drugs “tucked underneath his balls” or “tucked in his fucking ass crack.” Campbell claims that Mack also “grabbed” and “pulled” his testicles and “stuck his finger inside of my anus.” Eventually, the officer gave up and told Campbell: “You can keep it,” referring to these putative drugs. No narcotics were ever found.

Mack contests Campbell’s version of the events, contending that, among other things, he never inserted his finger into Campbell’s anus. A camera captured the incident, but the video quality is poor, and the officers positioned themselves in a way that blocked a clear image of the search. The video does, however, show Campbell saying, “Why are you putting your finger in my [anus]?” and the officer responding at one point, “Because you have it tucked in your [body].”At this stage, though, the factual dispute doesn’t much matter. Campbell simply wants the case to go to trial so he can prove his claims to a jury. He is suing Mack for violating his First and Fourth Amendment rights, accusing him of retaliating against his protected speech and performing an unreasonable search and seizure. But Mack raised qualified immunity, arguing that his actions, as alleged by Campbell, did not violate any “clearly established” constitutional right. If Mack had received qualified immunity, Campbell’s case would never go to trial; it would be dismissed, because Mack would be shielded from liability.

But in an opinion by Judge Eric Clay, the 6th Circuit refused to grant Mack qualified immunity. It is clearly established, Clay wrote, that an officer “needs either probable cause or reasonable suspicion to conduct a traffic stop.” Mack had neither. It is also clearly established that an officer may not retaliate when a suspect contests “his or her allegedly unlawful treatment.” The First Amendment protects a suspect’s right to complain. Yet Mack did just that, allegedly tightening Campbell’s handcuffs and performing the body cavity search in an increasingly “aggressive, intimidating, and hostile manner” because Campbell protested. Under well-established 6th Circuit precedent, Mack’s actions, as recounted by Campbell, were obviously unlawful, so Mack must fight them at trial, and cannot hide behind qualified immunity.

This outcome is encouraging, though it’s unfortunate that the court issued the decision “unpublished,” meaning it will not serve as precedent in future cases. (Appeals courts can decide to keep their rulings unpublished, a controversial but common practice.) The ruling is also a reminder of the vagaries of qualified immunity: In the hands of a different court, it easily could’ve gone the other way. Judges have granted qualified immunity to one officer who shot an innocent man in his own home, another who let a police dog maul a homeless person, and even a social worker who strip-searched and photographed a 4-year-old girl without consent or a warrant. The doctrine has been invoked over and over again to insulate police from consequences when they shoot civilians. Justice Sonia Sotomayor has decried the Supreme Court’s “sanctioning” of this “ ‘shoot first, think later’ approach to policing.”

In recent years, a cross-ideological coalition of advocates—including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Cato Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans for Prosperity, the Institute for Justice, and Public Justice—have urged the Supreme Court to scale back or end qualified immunity. They argue that qualified immunity is itself unlawful, or at least extended far beyond what the law permits. It is, after all, a judge-made rule, untethered from any statute or constitutional command.
The Supreme Court has not yet agreed to reconsider its jurisprudence in this area. And until it does, only cases as egregious as Campbell’s—where the officer’s alleged actions would, in any other context, constitute criminal sexual assaultmight defeat qualified immunity. Courts, meanwhile, can almost always pretend that an officer’s abuses don’t run afoul of “clearly established” law; consider a recent decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the police did not violate clearly established law when they stole money from suspects. Until SCOTUS shrinks the scope of qualified immunity, rulings like Campbell v. Mack will remain the exception to the rule. 

This story first appeared @
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/michigan-lawsuit-officer-daniel-mack-illegal-body-cavity-search.html



Two Gunned Down In Old Harbor Market/warning Graphic Images)

As the senseless bloodshed continue across Jamaica, a male vendor and a woman were murdered in the Old Harbor Market yesterday at about 2:10 pm.

According to supposed eyewitnesses, the two were gunned down by two men who then ran away.
They were both pronounced dead at the Spanish Town Hospital.
These kinds of brazen daylight murders have become the norm as gunmen kill whomever they chose and simply walk away without any seeming fear of the authorities.

We take no pleasure in showing these images but we are desperate for action on crime in Jamaica. We hope that our people’s sensibilities will be shocked and they will be forced into action.
We can no longer sweep these killings under the rug and pretend that they are not occurring.
We fully understand the concerns of those who say we should not show these images, but we also appreciate that we have been omitting to show these images and people are still dying. In fact, more and more people are dying, so not showing them have not worked to stop the bloodshed.
We need our leaders to be held accountable for their lack of consequential action on the nation’s crime front.

Police Seize Weapons, Gangsters Pissed……

These Weapons were allegedly recovered today in the West Kingston Area, as police intercepted two motor cars with gunmen on-board.
Early reports indicate that the gangsters are pissed at this loss.

Thank you for the brave police officers who continue to put themselves between the low-life thugs who are determined to create mayhem on innocent Jamaicans.
Unfortunately, for ordinary Jamaicans, these police officers are the only thing which stands between them and the killers, as the Government has determined that the full force and power of the entire state apparatus are better used chastizing and disrespecting the hard working and poorly paid police.

In a voice note circulating on social media one alleged gangster can be heard bemoaning the loss of the weapons.
At the same time, the killings continue unabated across the Island.

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IN May Pen Clarendon Short Ann murdered

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.