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.