When you keep doing the same old thing you end up with the same old result. They say to keep doing that is the definition of being a “fool”.
I’m not about to refer to anyone or any organization as fools, I will let their actions speak for them.
The murder rate is up to five per day according to police. Now bear this in mind, (a)not every time that the killers pull the trigger someone dies, (b) when a shot person dies days later, that unfortunately does not get counted in the murder statistics.
Usually, when we report on these things, there are those who accuse us of being alarmist. They never accuse us of lying, the facts are irrefutable.
Jamaica cannot afford to have this level of violent crimes, it is way too small for that level of violence.
We have long concluded that though we are eternal optimists in believing that the majority of the Jamaican people are law-abiding, that perception may be shifting to the reverse.
The country is caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. As the two political parties fight for the affection of the voting public, each party is more than happy to demonstrate to the loudest most unsavory elements within the society that they will allow them carte blanche to do as they please.
The casualty in all of this is the rule of law. Those who suffer are law enforcement officers and law-abiding citizens.
No political leader, except (Damion Crawford) of the PNP, has demonstrated the slightest understanding of the role the rule of law plays in democratic societies.
Even those with P.hD’s, demonstrate the same crass and abrasive ghetto mentality. They do their darndest to convince the county it is something to be proud of.
I have always believed and maintained that [“garbage in garbage out”].
Because there are no balls, in the leadership of a single one of the 63 who occupies the lower chamber of the legislature, the country can expect no change in the culture of criminality which has taken over the entire Island.
As I have written repeatedly, it is impossible for me to reconcile that there is no one capable of understanding that what is being done about crime will not work.
In the 1980s the murder statistics hovered around 500 to 600. The police were able to do their jobs and though the JCF was far from perfect, it was not difficult to live in Jamaica and feel relatively safe despite those homicide numbers.
Today some of the very same tactics are being applied to crime, SOEs ZOSOs(new), the difference, however, is that the criminal underworld has been vastly updated. INDECOM, Mass American and British deportations, new highways have been created, new ways to communicate, social media criminals have mass mobility, new and powerful automobiles, and motorcycles. A vast armory of guns and an endless supply of ammunition. An endless supply of cash from lotto scamming, drug dealing, extortion, human trafficking, robberies, murder for hire, gun-running, and the country is a veritable gangster’s paradise.
As the country slides further and further into the abyss, interest groups gather like the “mice council” of the medieval fable “the cat and the mice”.
Sure, those cowardly rodents knew that belling the cat was what they needed to do. But not a single one had the balls to volunteer to do it.
Neither has the human rodents managed to summon the balls to address in a serious way, the crime scourge in our country and stop with the strawman arguments about human rights.
The Island’s crime rate is what it is because the criminals know that neither of the two political parties will allow the police to do its job.
They understand also that there is a group of fraudulent self-proclaimed intelligent people, (smart ‑asses) if you ask me, who will argue for the rights of criminals, (because it’s fashionable), even if they are living scared shitless.
It is the most incomprehensible example of fakery I have ever seen.
If you thought that the gravest danger to the country is the rampant and uncontrolled criminality you may actually be wrong.
It is becoming clearer by the day that the entire culture of the once paradise Island, may be changing for the worse. The average man on the street now sees the laws as a nuisance and those why try to enforce them as an even greater nuisance.
The poorly trained, poorly paid, poorly supervised, poorly supported police spend their time fending off attacks for doing the simplest task they are sworn to do.
Set aside the poor training and the heartburn inducing displays we have seen in the social media videos of police officers being set upon for doing their jobs, the Holness administration has made it impossible for officers to carry out their duties.
I have personally called for the repeal of the INDECOM Act. I have said from its inception that it would increase crime. That it would signal that it is a‑okay to attack police officers. And that it would usher in a level of disrespect for traditional norms unprecedented in our nation’s history.
I am not sorry to say I told you so.
Unfortunately for Jamaica, Bruce Golding gave the country INDECOM with the full backing of the PNP. Not often do the two parties agree on anything, but on creating this crime enhancement tool they were in lockstep.
No one wondered why the Americans, British, and Canadians would have jumped to the opportunity to help fund this Trojan-horse. Damion Crawford agrees it is onerous, and maybe one or two others from either side as well.
However, as I have argued from its inception, the law is onerous and unacceptable but the Commissioner of the agency is the worst thing that could happen to the JCF and crime-fighting in our country.
Placing a megalomaniac in charge of an oversight agency was as bad an idea as it could get. Terrence Williams is a megalomaniac and a narcissist, he is also a media whore, those traits made him not just dangerous he is destructive.
The trouble now is that those who created this monster has no damn idea how to control it.
Which brings me to the hypocrisy of the so-called minister of national security Horace Chang, in comments recently.
Said Horace Chang:
“There is a feeling out there that because of INDECOM, they (unlawful citizens) can abuse the police and get away with it, that is what is causing the problems.”
“It’s an opinion of elements of the police force, and it may have some basis in terms of practice, because INDECOM was designed to deal with complaints against the police at a time when it was felt that there were too many extrajudicial activities by the police.”
“There is a strong school of thought that INDECOM is over-exuberant in applying the law, or is perhaps excessive in applying the law, and there may be a need for some intervention.”
“INDECOM was created to control police excesses, and I think the police are saying INDECOM has become excessive at this point in time.”
“I don’t want to make a judgement call, but there are certainly some concerns by the officers of the force; it is almost a reversal on the purpose for which INDECOM was founded.”
“We will be seeking to convene a meeting with the leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, their union and the directors of INDECOM”.
“It is something we have to look at and see to what extent it’s becoming the real problem, and to what extent we can work with INDECOM to ensure professional standards are maintained, but at the same time, policemen [can] feel comfortable doing their job.”
“It is felt at this point that the directors of INDECOM have gone the other route now, where they are being excessive in applying the regulations of the law to the police officers.”
“It’s an institution that is evolving and I expect there can be discussions held to look at how it’s operating, but the increased attack on the police by certain elements is of concern to me as the minister.”
No fucking shit, it took these brain-dead morons this long to figure this shit out? I said that this would have been the result on day one. How is it possible that these supposedly smart people could not have foreseen this coming?
To make matters worse, Chang’s belated epiphany may not even have gotten through to the other geniuses(*sarcasm*) in the cabinet, much less the other morons in the full house.
There have been more than enough red flags that INDECOM, as constituted, would be a problem.
You know, the court challenges Terrence Williams filed in pursuit of more power. Terrence Williams begging for more power. Terrence Williams berating the DPP in the press. Terrence Williams demagoguing the entire security forces in the media. Terrence Williams narcissism. Terrence William’s megalomania. Terrence Willimas media whoring. Terrence Willims using INDECOM as his personal bludgeoning tool. Terrence Williams at the start holding press conferences with JFJ.
I could go on and on, but the real threat to our country today from INDECOM, is that Williams believes that the Government does not have the authority to dictate to him how to conduct the affairs of INDECOM.
More than half of the INDECOM budget comes from foreign funders.
I have written about this as well, no one gives anything away for free.
A crime-ridden Jamaica is a Jamaica in which the masses are stuck in poverty and crime.
A nation stuck in poverty and crime is a nation perpetually a beggar/borrower nation. If Canada, the UK, and the United States (all nations to which Jamaica is indebted) really wanted to help Jamaica to ease its way out of poverty their contributions would be to the law enforcement entities in Jamaica.
Support for INDECOM means that the country will continue to be mired in violent crime and as a consequence will forever be a slave to the lending institutions in Canada, the UK, and the US.
If the masses are unable to make these connections it falls to the leadership of the country to understand these power plays and find ways to avoid them.
The myopia and ignorance on the streets are to be found in Gordon House as well.
Jamaica needs a new legislative approach to violent crime. It needs a new, no-nonsense approach to enforcing the nation’s laws. And yes that includes removing from the purview of judges the option to grant bail for certain violent offenses. New legislation should also remove form their discretion, the sentence imposed for certain violent offenses.
Those steps are not a panacea, they are the correct first steps to retaking the streets. Retraining the police and getting rid of most of the senior leadership is germane to the success of this approach.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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