“Di ting wata dung to nutten”). Translation. The thing is watered down to nothing. In case you are wondering what I’m talking about?
It is the consensus among the people who have spent two or three decades in the Jamaica Constabulary Force,(JCF) that they are no longer allowed to enforce the laws.
Many of you political apologists, (God bless you), cannot see anything rationally. Your only prism is political and colored either orange or green.
The nation’s violent crime rate is at epidemic levels and rising, but of course, as far as the average village lawyer we hear opine on this is concerned, (“crime de eve weh”), crime is everywhere.
It is a kind of faux patriotism born out of a misguided belief that identifying the cancerous tumor of crime and seeking to cauterize it is less than patriotic.
So the default option is to rationalize it away. It is synonymous to the former female prison guard turned comedian, who joked that she would look at what she described as the gorgeous male criminals in prison, some of them rapists, and in selfish lust tell herself, “but he never killed anybody.”
There is no point in trying to pry those people from their cubbyholes of comfortability. If they believe they are not entitled to better, who am I to insist otherwise?
But for the rest of us who know that as a people we can, and should do better, we must continue to militate for change.
We understand that we deserve better than living like caged animals in a Serengeti of lawlessness. We can ill-afford to pretend that there is no problem, so we will continue to speak out.
The People’s National Party administration squandered the country’s security years ago. In an unprecedented 18 1⁄12 year unbroken run in office, instead of shoring up and expanding the structure of the rule of law, the Patterson Administration said “anything a anything,“a wink and a nod to its criminal supporters that they should go out and take whatever they wanted from whomever they please.
At the same time, the Patterson administration was busy plundering the national coffers, sending the country deeper and deeper into poverty and debt.
Patterson did not lift a finger to address the nation’s burgeoning crime rate. Instead, he devastated the JCF’s ability to respond to the growing criminal threat.
Under PJ Patterson’s leadership, the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force did not train a single detective, for over ten years.
If we do not continue to hone the skills of those whose task it is it bring killers to justice, is there any wonder that the police is unable to make criminal charges stick?
If you surmise that maybe, just maybe that is the way the political leadership wants it, I believe you are the person I am writing to.
Patterson did not make a single penny available to train a single detective for more than a decade under his disastrous régime.
Patterson said the country needed all officers to be in uniform, a clear and unequivocal message that he did not want the criminal (“Dons”) who provide various services to the PNP locked away by police.
The criminal enterprise that was the Patterson Government ensured that there would not be a professional and competent police department to investigate and lock up the party faithful.
To add insult to injury the leftist University of the West Indies recently honored Percival Patterson, a total failure and a disaster for our country. A man whose tenure in office benefitted only himself and his cronies.
The honor was a clear sign that there is no difference of thought between that far-left institution, and the morons it churns out.
It is a veritable rogue’s gallery of bottom feeders bestowing accolades on bottom feeders. Essentially the awards are not worth the materials they are made from.
The Jamaica Labor Party under Bruce Golding was a disgrace. Ultimately, Golding was forced to step aside, giving rise to Andrew Holness his protégé of sorts.
Neither Bruce Golding nor Andrew Holness respects the rule of law or the officers who enforce them.
Bruce Golding will forever be remembered as the Prime Minister who stood up for a trans-national criminal, (Christopher Duddus Coke), instead of standing up for the nation.
Today, Andrew Holness is Prime Minister, and though many believe that he is a genius of sorts, we are yet to see that genius executed in either word or deed, as far as security and crime is concerned.
Holness has not demonstrated that he (a) understands the importance of the rule of law to a democratic nation, (b) the importance of supporting & respecting those who risk their lives to enforce our laws,© that he understands, [or even cares] about the morale of the men and women who work to secure the safety of himself, his family, and the nation at the peril of their own lives.
Andrew Holness won his own mandate on February 25th, 2016, after an abbreviated run as Prime Minister after Bruce Golding was forced to step aside after the Christopher Coke débâcle.
Holness arrived with an attitude of recrimination against the JCF. He issued blanket unverified statements against the JCF. He accused members of kicking down doors and killing innocent people in cold blood.
One thing is certain [as a matter of fact], the vile hearsay invectives Holness leveled at the JCF is 100% unadulterated hearsay.
Given Jamaica’s hyper-violent society the police had little choice but to match force with violent force.
And so under Seaga’ s tenure, when our police were allowed to act, our country had 500 to 600 murders each year.
Today under Holness’ leadership, despite ZOSO’s and SOE’s the Island is experiencing homicide numbers three times what obtained under Seaga.
The violent nature of the Island’s criminals made Holness’ actions and words even more hypocritical and dangerous.
The problem with Holness’ misguided position is that he is Prime Minister and therefore he is uniquely positioned to be destructive, if he ever puts his mind to it.
He has put his mind to it!
It is difficult for me to reconcile that he means well when he has articulated how he arrived at his misguided position on crime.
His position as a member of parliament for one of the Island’s garrison constituencies peels back the thin veneer of bullshit, revealing the blatancy of his hypocrisy.
Instead of standing up for the nation’s future by making a strong unequivocal declaration that the rule of law is sacrosanct, and demonstrating commitment through actions, he aligned himself with JFJ and INDECOM against the police.
Peel back the thin veneer of bullshit and Andrew Holness’ public relations stunt is not just obvious, it is insultingly cynical.
The police officers are receiving no real training which would make them capable of addressing the threat posed by violent criminals and even those who would go so far as to challenge the authority and sovereignty of the state.
Holness wants the police to be courtesy corps officers, hold down crime statistics, solve nothing, harm not a single murderer.
According to one credible source in the know, neither is the cartoonish military training any better than that which is being given to the police. It’s a façade the source laments.
But we all knew that members of the JCF are (a) poorly trained and (b) afraid of their own shadows.
The endless social media videos provide ample evidence that law-abiding Jamaicans should be terrified for their safety and security.
The inadequacy of the training and leadership vacuum, support structure and the terror of being persecuted by Andrew Holness’ INDECOM, is more than enough for police officers to run the opposite direction from the call of duty.
This administration is playing a dangerous political game under the guise of ZOSO’s and SOE’s. Both measures amount to mass saturation of public spaces with the bodies of security personnel, not the strategic goal of crime elimination.
Holness and the JLP are interested in winning elections as is the opposition PNP. Political parties do not go after criminals in Jamaica. Being a crime-fighting leader like the great Hugh Lawson Shearer is way outside the realm of what anyone should expect from Andrew Holness in present-day Jamaican.
The hypocrites and village lawyers will find ways to criticize Shearer but one thing is certain there is not a single damn law-abiding Jamaican who would not trade places and go back to the days of Shearer.
We cannot expect Holness to be Shearer, but by God, we can at least expect him to be like the flawed Edward Seaga.
Does he have to be a Bruce Golding?
One can understand that politicians want to win elections. Within that framework, it is also understandable that politicians would want to do as little harm as possible to their chances to gain and hold onto power.
Those concerns are exponentially heightened because of (a) a highly polarized criminal-supporting population and (b) a poorly educated populace.
Unfortunately for the nation, the leadership of both political parties largely comes from the same rancid pool situated up at Mona commons.
PNP and JLP same shit. Same corrupted and convoluted mentality.
Gone are the days when the difference between the two political parties were distinctly different.
There was no question of the difference between the party of Seaga and that of Michael Manley. The lines of demarcation were distinct. Voters had a real choice.
Today Holness and Peter Phillips come from the same stinking pool of leftist shittery. And although Phillips will never change from being a stupid comrade, Andrew Holness is certainly a product of the same failed leftist crapola. The party of Bustamante, Sangster, Shearer, and Seaga is now a carbon copy of Michael Manley’s dystopian nightmare.
When a politician comes up to you to talk about prosperity, or that he can do better than the ones in power, look at the unchecked killings going on around you, know that he is playing you for a fool.
This is a time for patriots to stand up to these two corrupt political parties and let them know that it is Jamaica first.
That papering over the crime statistics using the bodies of security personnel for political expediency is not acceptable, and it will not be tolerated.
That we are not stupid, we are onto their devious and deceptive game of crime suppression in certain areas. We see the escalation in other areas, we also see the national numbers and know that not a damn thing is being done about taming the dangerous monster of violent crime.
That we will no longer support this dangerous and cynical plan to play politics while they,(both parties) disrespect our police.
Long after these leaders are gone we will still need our police and we will damn sure need our country.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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