The seriousness of the murder mayhem in Jamaica is being aided and abetted by the print and electronic media, which is [not] reporting in a fulsome way, the totality of the killings taking place.
This medium has more than enough evidence that proves decisively, that the number of killings occurring daily is not making it into the newspapers, their online publications nor the electronic media in Jamaica.
Whether or not there is a conspiracy of sorts to suppress the number of people being killed I cannot say.
Nevertheless, I find it curious at best, that the Police corporate Communications Arm puts out bulletins on the crimes being committed, yet some murders do not make it into the newspapers or onto the Television screens, but fluff, nonsensical political posturing, and gibberish does.
On any given day the online version of the Gleaner looks like a foreign publication. There are more stories about Brexit and old gobbly-gook stories from abroad, mixed in with questions to Bounty Killer than there are actual stories on relevant events happening in Jamaica.
For its part, the Observer is somewhat better, but just barely.
The thick influence of stories from overseas seems to mirror Jamaican’s lust for all things American, good or bad.
The idea that murders and other violent crimes are treated with such lack of angst, leaves open the idea that maybe, just maybe, the number of killings being reported to the Police is not the full story of the murders being committed.
We already know that a lot of violent felonies do not make it to the police, people are either too scared to report them to authorities, or they take matters into their own hands.
For that reason, there is enough space to argue that we are not getting the full story of violent deaths in the country.
Shockingly, Jamaica at this time has the dubious distinction of being number two with murders on the global stage. If we were to have a more accurate forensic accounting of the number of homicides being committed, including victims who do not die immediately after being assaulted, the country’s placing on that dubious stage would most certainly change for the worse.
It seems to me that there is a systemic movement afoot across the globe for leaders in positions of power to straight-forwardly abdicate their oaths to protect and defend the constitutions of their respective states.
Greed and the desire to gain and hold onto power has literally [trumped] the duty to adhere to principles and to honor their oaths.
Whether It is the United States Senate abdication of its constitutional duty which most believe is imminent, or the serious criminal charges leveled against Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, be it the Brexit débâcle or events in Venezuela and other capitals, it seems that the sky is certainly falling.
Jamaica, a tiny speck on the geographical stage is certainly experiencing some of the same characteristics which are plaguing its larger contemporaries.
I am old enough to remember changes on a global scale, the falling of the Berlin Wall, the dismantling of the Soviet Union, China’s rise to a global power powerhouse. I believe we will see another shift after all this, which will settle the world into a new global order.
Unfortunately for the citizens of this planet, it does not seem that it will be a global order built on truth and honor, but an order in which the powerful takes full control of all our lives.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
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