As violent crimes continue to escalate unabated, some factions of the media elites continue to call for greater pressure on our police officers and a greater degree of restraint on their ability to keep our country safe.
The Jamaica Gleaner Editorial board seems to have a greater vendetta against our police than INDECOM’s commissioner Terrence Williams did.
Terrence Williams is gone, but his enablers in the Glass Tower on North Street have not given up on their crusade against the police. In its November 15th Editorial, the Board continues to call for the Government to give INDECOM the power to arrest and prosecute cops, soldiers, and corrections officers accused of crimes or excessive force.
These new powers would mean that in addition to conducting its own investigations as part of its oversight functions, the agency would also have the power of arrest and, just for good measure, would also prosecute its own investigations.
Given that power, INDECOM would be able to go after police officers arbitrarily. It would be open season on the police as it was under Terrence Williams.
Terrence Williams went after police officers with the flimsiest of evidence manufactured in Jamaica’s supercharged political and criminal supporting inner-city communities.
Williams is no longer there, but the rancid and corrosive environment he created is still there.
I do not wish to speak for the police; they are quite capable of speaking for themselves; after all, the police department is chock-full of lawyers and others educated in various other disciplines. Nevertheless, with the two political parties that control our country, we have zero confidence that the intellectual foresight is there to foresee the existential harm that is being forced upon Jamaica by the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
It is for these very reasons that Jamaica must throw out its constitution that makes it a supplicant to Great Britain and, for the first time, set a course that is Jamaica for Jamaicans.
Neither of the countries that would lecture Jamaica on human rights allows anyone to dictate how to uphold their laws.
No one is advocating that police be given Carte Balche to violate the citizens’ rights they are sworn to protect. Still, we must be damn certain that when we try to apply pressure to the police, we are, to some degree, empowering criminals.
There are those in their ivory towers that are heavily invested in the status quo; they will have found ways to influence policy.…..
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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