The killing of a police Constable Kirkland Plummer last Saturday night in the parish of Clarendon has left more questions than answers; in the meantime, the gruesome killing has generated much gum-flapping in the regular circles that generally produces more heat than light, and leaves us with no clearer picture of what occurred or why they occur.
Obviously, the Police Department is still not clear as to the [why], even though they may have already established the what, where, when, and how, and have reported that there are five suspects in custody.
Unfortunately, though commendable, having five suspects in custody means little if investigators cannot find credible evidence outside eyewitness accounting, when the Jamaican court system’s posture is considered.
Calls to sources have not shed much light on why Constable Plummer was at a party that was for all intents and purposes supposed to be in contravention of the Disaster Risk Management Act. Neither were we able to establish whether he was merely responding on his own to the sounds of loud explosions at the event as the police reported.
At this time, and without the benefit of more detailed information forthcoming from the police, we are left to merely speculate about the sequence of events that led this young officer to lose his life.
As I prepared to speak to this killing, I ran across the Jamaica Observer Editorial page’s comments on Constable Kirkland Plummer’s killing and was disgusted at their headline; [We can’t remain silent in the face of savagery].
For decades now, these publications have been willing and gleeful participants and cheerleaders in the breakdown of our rule of law and the poisoning of our popular culture.
So please spare me the crocodile tears. After decades of plowing, fertilizing, watering, and tending to the seeds you have sown, don’t feign shock at the fruits you are harvesting? The media has been virulent anti-police agitators in all its forms; it has shaped and fostered a culture that glorifies gangsterism with no respect for the rule of law, or those who enforce the laws.
For its part, the JCF has consistently failed to live up to its oath of office, essentially giving its enemies ammunition with which to defeat it.
Like everyone else, [this observer] watches and waits, to hear a full and comprehensive accounting from the Police professionally, as to the circumstances that caused a young officer to get savagely cut down in such a dastardly manner.
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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