A life well lived in service to humanity is generally mourned when that light is finally extinguished.
Not so Sunday morning, when a hail of police bullets eviscerated the darkness of a life which was destined to end the way it did.
Marlon Perry o/c (duppy film) lived his life outside the bounds of decent modern societal norms, his claim to notoriety, the infamy of extinguishing innocent human lives.
Marlon Perry is only the latest of a long line of infamous killers who decided they would respect no laws.
From Coppa, Sandokan , Tony Welsh, George Flash, Natty Morgan, Rigen,Jim Brown, to Perry the list is long and varied.
As someone said today, sure Duppy Film is gone but his sponsors are walking around in suits and ties.
There are hundreds of Duppy Films walking around unencumbered on the Island today, they are just as lethal and in many cases far more lethal than Marlon Perry ever was.
They make a name solely out of the barbaric act of taking innocent lives[making duppy].
The truth is that they emerge, grow and thrive because Jamaica has the perfect storm of characteristics which aids and nourishes crime.
We can continue to talk about the criminal complicity which exists in the two political parties spreading out across the hills and valleys of the Island but that would be flogging a dead horse.
We also must concede that politics have affected the body politic to the extent that having a reasonable conversation on causes and cures are inevitably instantly reduced to PNP JLP, instead of wrong and right.
The lack of education, poverty, and misinformation have had devastating consequences for any meaningful debate to develop, much less a strategic policy initiative which would begin to impact crime in a meaningful way.
Everyone knows about that, in fact, a PNP leader once said: “there is nothing that can be done about crime.”
Translation; We will not be doing anything about crime!
The former Minister of National Security Peter Bunting once called for divine intervention in the fight against crime, rather than pushing for laws which send clear and unequivocal messages to criminals that their actions would not be tolerated.
There continues to be a shocking tone deafness, not just to the consequences crime is having on the country but to the strategies which are needed to walk back significantly, the gains criminals have made particularly over the last two decades.
For years I have spoken to the need for a complete overhaul of our nations criminal laws.
Over the last several years there have been minor fixes here and there but by and large the consequences for committing crimes have not been enough to be a deterrent to criminals.
Jamaica was quick to issue a moratorium on hanging at the behest of the [masters] who have the final say in the British Privy Counsel.
This came after the continued nonsense being proffered by the criminal rights fraternity that the death penalty is not a deterrent to criminals.
I know of no criminal who was put to death by the state or any who met their end at the hand of police who returned to kill again.
They are deterred.
Fomer SSP Renetto Adams spoke to this recently, arguing that there are no deterrent component in the Island’s laws.
Former ACP Keith [Trinity] Gardiner also broached that subject from time to time.
In all of the obtuse political noise someone must be the grown-up in the room.
The police moves which are netting weapons and wanted criminals have nothing to do with large scale ZOSO’s done for the cameras.
They are intelligence driven police operations which almost daily result in caches of dangerous weapons removed from the streets.
Imagine if there was a will to support the police with better training, better equipment, better pay, better working conditions, better legislative support and better overall support across the board?
There would be no need for anyone to give up their precious rights which are so infringed when the police come to ask if there are any gunmen hiding in their homes?
No massive police/military joint force checking to make sure there are no murderers in the communities.
Imagine the inconvenience of having to tolerate the forces of law and order in the communities as opposed to mindless killers having crate blanch in those communities to do as they please.
There is no tip-toeing around the fact that we are not dealing with a society of great people.
Even if you do not pull the trigger but you offer aid and comfort to the trigger man you are equally guilty.
The support you give to those who hate the police and the rule of law means that you too have blood on your hands.
This beautiful country is not too far gone but if there is a silent majority, now is the time for you to cause your voices to be heard.
Those hell-bent on turning our country into a failed state have vociferous trolls doing their bidding , its time to speak out, call your elected officials and demand that they pass laws which puts criminals away.
They refuse to hang them so police should go after them with a vengeance and the courts should throw away the key when they are convicted.
We need tough meaningful laws to deal with the [duppy films] walking around whether they wear suits and ties or military garb , they are all the same to me, and should be all the same to every conscientious law abiding Jamaican.