There is absolutely no one in our country that has not been touched one way or another by violent crime.
That speaks volumes about the emotional toll it takes on individuals and the nation as a collective. This is particularly traumatic to those who are not contributing to the wave of lawlessness that has taken over not just our streets but also our schools as well.
As I sat to write this article, I am also humbled that I was honored by the beautiful daughter and mother of my lifelong friend Elvis Richards, or ( Dozi), who offered me the opportunity to say a few words in tribute to his life.
Elvis a loving kind (Rastaman) became a victim of the rabid criminality which has now come to characterize our country.
Elvis loved his country, so much so that every time we spoke he would ask me (suh wen yu a cum bak cum liv Inna di place bredrin)?
Here was a man working to take care of his family, taken away by rabid degenerates, and for what.….. a few thousand dollars in his pocket? His life taken from him leaving his family to grieve, including his minor child, left to grow up without her loving dad.
This story is the story of hundreds of families each year, who do not have lavish police protection, or castles in the hills. Across the length and breadth of the tiny Island, and all across the diaspora, the consequences of these killings resonate and are impactful on the psyche of those left behind.
The daily killings have now been baked into the culture, they no longer evoke alarm, neither do they garner grassroots resistance against them.
Rather than listen to what works from people who have actually worked at this, the nation’s leaders embarked on cosmetic initiatives designed to placate the nation, designed to give a false sense of comfort, that just around the corner a respite awaits, without doing the hard work to guarantee it.
Because of this administration’s misguided stance on crime, we have seen a rapid and sustained rise in violent crimes, but that is not all, the police are literally unable to enforce the nation’s road traffic Act, as they are being attacked even as they try to write tickets to the lawless motorist who plies the roadways as taxi-operators. In the schools, the students now fight their teachers.
No laborites, I don’t want to hear your shit that the PNP is to blame, your party is in power now, save it.
This is bigger than narrow partisan politics.
And now we hear the top-most leader admit that the level of violent crimes across the country is outside of the country’s ability to deal with.
The country is at the mercy of the killers.
On taking office, this Prime Minister decided that he wanted a policy of hugging up and coddling the most violent criminals in the country.
No, he did not actually say he wanted to hug them but his attacks on policing practices and procedures, something he knows nothing about, all but told the criminals they had a friend in Jamaica house. They already knew they had one in INDECOM.
At the time the Prime Minister was embarking on this path, I wrote several articles warning that he was opening up a pandora-box, that the nation would not be able to contain what comes out of it.
Talk about police kicking in doors to people’s houses, talk about not on my watch will they, (the police), continue to shoot people, was Holness’s calling card, as he embraced the anti-police activist Terrence Williams.
In the streets the murderers were laughing, they knew they had a friend in this guy.
Instead of hiring a police commissioner who knew about policing, Holness hired his friend Antony Anderson, an army man and made him commissioner of police. Not that a commissioner who came up within the ranks is a panacea to what’s going on, but at least he would be able to speak to the nation definitively on the issue.
Instead of instituting training for the police that gives them the edge they need to fight the criminals, he insisted on human rights training, not just for the police but for the military and placed them in something created and named Zones Of Special Operations or (ZOSOS’s).
Officers started leaving in droves, rather than try to motivate and incentivize them to stay, Holness doubled down on draconian measures designed not just to make it difficult for disgruntled officers to leave, but criminalizes them with stiff prison time if they fail to give advanced warnings that they intend to resign.
Not only are these measures unconstitutional, but they also did not stop the attrition. And so Holness was forced to send student constables to man his ZOSOS, & SOE’s for a fraction of what they should be paid and for protracted periods of time over which they should be exposed without the appropriate training.
The police are in an existential fight with zero backings from the government. The failed Commissioner of Police Antony Anderson has no solution to the killings, he does not know what to do, he was never a cop.
At the same time, his level of failure has been far worse than any commissioner of police who has come up through the ranks.
The silence is deafening, there is no demand to fire the commissioner coming from the usual quarters. What we hear now (crickets) deafening silence, because Anderson is their boy.
Set of fucking sanctimonious hypocrites.
It is only the stated commitment of the government that will send a message to the criminals that the leadership of the country is solidly behind the security forces.
Now it is abundantly clear that ZOSO’s & SOE’s will not stop the killings, they have thrown up their hands in despair.
They dug themselves a hole of pretense from which they cannot remove themselves.
There is only one solution to dealing with these vermin and that is to exterminate them.
The preferred route to removing them from society is to arrest them and have them face a court. But in Jamaica, even the damn judges seem to be in bed with the murderers.
That leaves just one solution, but the population has it’s head too far up its own ass that it is stuck talking about the human rights of murderers while no one talks about the human rights of those who have their lives taken from them.
A few cars and the like are not a commitment to law enforcement.
This Administration has steadfastly refused to step back from its commitment to obstruct the efforts of law enforcement, as a consequence the nation must continue to weep and bury it’s dead.
Until the people decide to rise up and do something about it themselves.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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