Only in Jamaica would a conference on law enforcement’s use of force protocols be discussed and there is no input from Law Enforcement.
In fact the Andrew Holness Government can only be characterized as disrespectful of the police, military and Corrections departments, which are the agencies which would use force against civilians as part of their job.
That the Holness Government allowed INDECOM to convene a meeting with support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the United States Embassy and the United Nations office in Jamaica but did not invite the police, military or corrections is testament of it’s refusal to appreciate the serious implications crime poses to Jamaicans.
But most importantly it underscores the dim light in which the administration, as the one before it, and the Island’s elites view members of the law enforcement community.
Surely the light in which the law enforcement agencies are viewed is consistent with short pants and night watchmen.
The Force has evolved somewhat but members of the political class certainly hasn’t .
ONLY IN JAMAICA
Holness addressed the conference, so too did the Minister of National security Robert Montague and others.
But the police were treated like adopted children , removed from the room, while their surrogate parents discussed the best ways to proceed with them.
No need to have the children in the room , they are fully incapable of participating in meaningfully discussion.
Or worse, children have no business in grown folks conversation.
The rules are made and children do what they are told.
I gotta say, am I glad I walked away from that in 1991.
Here they have a conversation about police use of force, yet the very agencies which are being discussed, the very agencies which would be the ones using force in their encounters with the public are excluded from the table.
How ridiculous is that?
Yet don’t be surprised that there will be no shortage of world the wise who will tell you that a conference like this does not have to have the groups excluded to be legitimate.
This is not new , Bruce Golding and the simpleton Portia Simpson Miller came together and [trumped] up an anti-law enforcement law called the INDECOM Act.
Absent from the debate as well was the Police Military, and Corrections Departments .
The Jamaican Government views these agencies as serfs and peasants who do not deserve a seat at the table , they ought to simply do as they are told.
Remarkably, Andrew Holness could not get the simple-minded Simpson Miller to agree to a walk-through the garrisons as a symbolic gesture of peace.
But Bruce Golding was able to get Portia and the Opposition PNP to agree to craft the INDECOM act a crime enhancement law.
The only area in which the two political parties, or more aptly, the two ( criminal gangs) ever came together in a bi-partisan fashion was to craft the crime enhancement bit of garbage law called the INDECOM Act.
Such is the palpability of the hatred and disrespect the two Jamaican political parties have for the rule of law.
Pointing out these facts never fail to draw out howls of accusations that I do not want to see accountability in the police department.
Over the years, not only have I written extensively about police corruption, I have offered up workable solutions on how to help resolve said malady.
I refuse to spend my time reflecting on idiotic statements from simple minded individuals who cannot face facts because those facts are antithetical to , or do not line up with their world view.
But if you thought that what the Labor Party is doing is bad as it relates to INDECOM and the disrespect for the Police and Military you are sadly mistaken.
For years I have been warning in this very medium that the Jamaican Government’s in-bed relationship with Carolyn Gomes of JFF and other groups whose interest does not line up with the best interests of Jamaica and Jamaicans is indeed bad for our country.
I have also warned what the consequences would be as it relates to the INDECOM law .Other Former Police officers have too. Former SSP Renato Adams warned that Jamaica would pay dearly .
I doubt that there is anyone who would contend that the country isn’t paying dearly today .
Not only is the Island paying dearly, it has no idea how to walk back the effects, because no matter how many Jamaicans die they cannot gather the courage to repeal the INDECOM Act out of fear of their foreign handlers.
I warned about Delroy Chuck’s agenda as it relates to crime.
I write incessantly that Delroy Chuck wants the court dockets purged of all cases which are over 5 years old , including murder cases.
Chuck argues that it would free up the courts to be more efficient ‚.
The fact of the matter is that such actions would exacerbate and accelerate the strategies in motion which cause the delays in the first place.
Violent murderers would have their lawyers frustrate the system further making sure they never face justice for their crimes.
Despite my warnings about Gomes no one paid attention until Gomes agenda was revealed when her organization, Jamaicans For Justice was found to have distributed homosexual literature to underage children.
Carolyn Gomes was forced to step aside .
Again Delroy Chuck’s name come into the picture. Chuck recently revealed in the parliament that he was lobbied by a foreign ambassador to change the Nation’s buggery law.
These are the hidden agendas being forced on our people.
This crawling peg institutionalization of an alien culture being promulgated on our people is not readily obvious to Jamaicans.
The ideas are duplicitous in the way they are couched in language which convinces ordinary Jamaicans it’s for their own good.
INDECOM was supposed to root out corruption from the police, military and corrections departments.
What the country ended up with are a lot of dead Jamaicans and dramatic erosion of respect for the rule of law. Additionally, less crooked police officers and other members of the security services are convicted that when the CCRB was responsible for that function.
Carolyn Gomes was exposed but not before she was bestowed with national honors .
Delroy Chuck now wants to institutionalize homosexuality in Jamaica at the behest of foreign lobbyists.
He is not afraid to tear down the church and the institutions we have held dear and which have served us well for generations.
What we must ask then is, ” does this Administration serve the interest of the Jamaican people”, whether we support the party in power or not?
Speaking out against intrinsic wrongs does not make the messenger a political shill for the other party.
It means some of us are prepared to stand up for Jamaica, regardless of the occupant of Jamaica House.