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 WASABSOLUTELY NOTHING ILLEGALLY OR SURREPTITIOUSABOUT WHAT HAD BEEN DONE, ARGUING THAT THE ENGAGEMENT OF LOBBYISTS TO ACT ON BEHALF OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, POLITICAL PARTIES OR CORPORATIONS ISWELL-KNOWN PRACTICE IN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNED BY LAW. SOURCECARIBBEAN 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.

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

  1. Except, we expect gangs to kill at will, not those sworn to uphold the law. Dog bite man is not alarm, man bite dog is..

    • And as I expect­ed our peo­ple in typ­i­cal green and orange fash­ion, can only think in bina­ry terms. Either or.
      There is a shade called grey.
      Strongly enforc­ing our nation’s laws is not the same as abus­ing civ­il rights.
      The most sacred right a per­son has is the right to life.
      Far too many Jamaicans are pre­pared to be (dead right).

  2. Both INDECOM has a place in present day Jamaica the issue is find­ing a com­mon ground, we can­not go back to the days of the Police run­ning this Country like the Wild Wild West (Renato Adams era) nei­ther can we do the same for the Criminals..The prob­lem is deeply root­ed in our Culture and that is what needs atten­tion asap.

    • In the mean­time, the inno­cent gets slaugh­tered because we artic­u­late a prob­lem with no solu­tion. As if the solu­tion is some­one else’s prob­lem, some­one’ else’s respon­si­bil­i­ty to solve.
      Never mind that we crit­i­cize solu­tions put fort by oth­ers while we await answers from above.

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