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.
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.