Almost daily I write about crime in Jamaica . I also get on the airwaves and talk about it at times.
I do so not because I am fixated with the negative things happening in our country.
I do so because I understand that pretending that we are going to build wealth and prosperity within spaces dominated by murder mayhem and chaos is simply delusional at best, or worse a blatant lie being perpetuated on the nation.
As I said to a former colleague earlier today in private, when I consider the safety and security of our country I do not think of the People’s National Party as part of the solution for reining in the lawlessness.
There simply has been no precedent in the history of the PNP to act on crime and social disorder.
The PNP has capitalized on lawlessness in order to cravenly dominate state power.
The Party does so using the tactic of populism.
Their populist “do whatever you want wink and nod: has turned Jamaica into what it is today, one of the world’s most violent, crime ridden nations teetering precipitously on the brink of becoming a failed state.
So we are left with the Jamaica Labor Party the other major political party.
The labor party was the party of fiscal discipline, the party of law and order, it was the party which cared about workers .
It was Bustamante who spent almost two years in prison for daring to challenge the existing mores of the ruling Colonial masters on behalf of ordinary workers.
It was Bustamante who bared his chest to soldiers and said “shoot me and let my people go”,
It was Bustamante who kept our country out of a calamitous West Indies Federation , which was to collapse soon after Jamaica withdrew.
It was under Bustamante that our country was placed on a solid footing of autonomy and self determination.
Not the Ivy league educated Norman Manley.
That party is no longer around.
This Labor Party is not the party of Herbert Eldemire , Donald Sangster and it damn sure isn’t the party of the Rt. Hon Hugh Lawson Shearer.
Is it still an improvement over the pathetic power hungry PNP which is only after stealing from state funds ?
Nevertheless it was the Labor Party which refused to extradite Christopher Coke.
It was the new JLP which allowed Tivoli Gardens to maturate into the mother of all Garrisons.
It was the JLP which gave the nation INDECOM.
It is the JLP which refuses to repeal the atrocious cop killing law and for that the party must be held accountable.
And it is the JLP which now has the power to move decisively against the nation’s terrorists, and it has not done so.
♦At the introduction of the INDECOM act I said it would embolden criminals , almost 7 years later there is irrefutable evidence that criminals and ordinary folks alike are emboldened to not only break the laws but they openly assault and kill Police officers.
♦ At the roll out of the law I said the attitude of the commissioner of INDECOM Terrence Williams, would send a clear and unequivocal message that they have an ally and protector in INDECOM.
♦I said crime would increase and increase exponentially.
♦I predicted a spike in homicide.
There has been.
♦I said cops would be killed .
The evidence is clear they are being killed.
And so yesterday another cop had his life snuffed out in broad daylight, in his uniform because two things occurred .
He was too scared of INDECOM to effect the arrest the correct way .
And his killer knew it was okay to resist arrest and kill a cop.
The sitting Administration steadfastly refuses to say this was ill-conceived, we will revisit the law. .
On that basis every dead cop, every law abiding citizen who dies is the responsibility of the government .
The blood is on their hands.
As Police officers and citizens lives continue to be snuffed out in alarming numbers, the Government is deathly silent.
In other countries when a police office is killed there is massive push-back from their societies and certainly Government.
Under both Political parties stewardship, the ruthless killing of Police officers illicit crickets.….…
Not Portia, Not Peter Phillips and damn sure not Andrew Holness.
These misguided little morons sit by and make no statement, as if the death of police officers is beneath them, the perrogative of underlings to address.
Who the fuck do they think they are ?
The Police have not released an official statement on the matter thus far.
Clearly this force is not learning anything regarding modern policing protocols and it’s members are paying a high price for the incompetence of it’s leadership.
The officer was murdered and a senior officer in khaki dress was seen on the scene no one lifted a finger to offer first aid.
The scene was not closed off immediately, another breach of protocol/Passers by photographed and video taped the dead officer.
The videos and images are plastered across social media .
Motorists drove on the sidewalks to get to where they were going,in a situation where the entire area ought to have been closed to all traffic.
Clearly there was no observation of any established best practices, an insult to the family of the dead officer.
This Police force continue to be the Barney Fyffe of law enforcement .
On the issue of training , I have been talking about this for years. Simply observe established norms across other police departments, then train and operate acordingly .
Only in Jamaica is it frowned upon when officers order criminals to the ground at gunpoint in order to effect an arrest.
Had this officer observed these basic standards, he would have been alive today.
I served in the JCF between January 1982 until October 1991 .
You best believe during my servuce when I order you to get down on your knees you are going to do as I say.
Every officer has a right to go home to his/her family, the same way Andrew Holness , Peter Phillips, and Terrence Williams does.
They should never be apprehensive that some bureaucrat will sit in judgement of them , when they are the ones risking their lives.
This case brings tears to my eyes , I too was stationed at Constant Spring.
Word is that the other officer with the slain officer ran away.
On the night I was shot the other two keystone cops ran away, one was a detective corporal, the other a District Constable.
I understood the actions of the district constable then ‚but the corporal.…?
He would later be promoted to the Rank of Senior Superintendent after I left the department.
A reflection of how the force has regressed over the years because of political manipulation and strangulation.
Despite being shot that night I was able to single handedly remove another brand new weapon and ammunition from the streets.
I offer my condolences to the family of constable Leighton Hanson, your son gave his life to an ungrateful nation.
Notwithstanding you should be eternally proud.
Your son’s sacrifice was not in vain .
He died so that people less than himself and undeserving of his life’s work and sacrifice may live.
Unfortunately for you ‑you are now left to grieve his loss.
We offer our love and prayers.
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