In the continually degrading conditions that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force find themselves fighting against violent criminals, one constant they can count on is the ever-present support of certain government institutions aiding the criminals.
It is not hyperbolic speech to make the case that at every turn, the security forces are confronted with agencies of the state working in direct opposition to the intended goal of ridding the country of violent criminals.
Having served a decade in that effort and having remained tuned-in to what is happening on the ground since leaving, it is particularly frustrating to see the continuation of this phenomenon.
For the record, I believe that the appellate process is important to oversee, where warranted, the lower court’s decisions.
Unfortunately, in Jamaica, unscrupulous lawyering, corrupt public officials, & a leaky decrepit system make for exploitation of the process, further eroding trust and increasing the possibility for more violence.
Far too often, the Appellate court seems not to understand that it has no duty to interfere with the lower court’s findings unless there is glaring and irrefutable evidence of wrongdoing or bad conduct.
Instead, the Appellate court functions as a last-ditch defense bulwark, allowing the most violent criminals to walk free on technicalities. Technicalities that would not change rulings in any other western court system.
And so we see the court in its lofty ivory tower position continue to interfere with lower court rulings on the most insignificant technicalities that have nothing to do with the facts of the matter before the court.
Yes, we celebrate when the innocent are vindicated in the appellate court; we should never apologize for doing so. That is exactly what the courts are for. In the same vein, we must condemn the process when the most violent are released on technicalities because the court of appeals believes in maintaining a purist posture, one that Jamaica cannot afford.
Christopher (Dog-Paw) Linton is a violent murderer who belongs on the gallows. Yesterday the Appellate court that does not answer to the Jamaican people ordered Linton released on a technicality. Jamaica continues to follow its Colonial British master, so violent killers are allowed to stay in Jail and record music, throw parties, use drugs, smoke weed, and drink expensive whisky. At the same time, the taxpayers are stuck with the bill for their incarceration. And that is in the rare instance that they are caught and convicted for their heinous killings.
Linton and a cohort were serving a 15 years prison sentence for shooting at two police officers; they were appropriately convicted in 2013. The Court of Appeal on Wednesday handed down a decision that the evidence in the case, where identification was concerned, was unreliable and ordered their release from prison.
This ruling challenges the discretion of the trial judge/jury without proof of prejudice or malfeasance. It releases two dangerous killers back onto the streets, putting the lives of Tavern Saint Andrew residents, where Linton lived, and other areas in terrible danger. Opens the police up to more attacks from the two and their cronies. It now exposes the taxpayers to have to pay huge sums of money to two violent murderers under the guise that they were wrongly convicted and incarcerated.
Neither of the robed ignoramuses who made the decision feel endangered from their ivory tower positions, but ordinary Jamaicans are now in greater danger today than yesterday due to their recklessness.
Ya, please spare me the shit about the process, spare me the yadda, yadda about regardless of who he is, he is deserving of this kind of deference. Tell that to the people these vermin kill and terrorize, tell that to the children left behind traumatized by their terror.
Our country is engaged in a fucking existential war against these maggots, so spare me the bullshit.
Since the courts continue to stand in the way of removing these dangerous killers from the streets effectively, the police department has strategic decisions to make on how it implements & executes strategies when it apprehends these violent murderers.
This is particularly important when it comes to those who would attempt or kill members of the department. There are many ways to skin a cat.
This monster will make sure that the streets of the Tavern community run red with the blood of the innocent. The next time the police come in contact with him under any circumstances where he violates the law, there should be no doubt about the outcome.
Whatever he does, whomever he hurt, the blood is on the hands of the members of that court that set him free, and they should be held accountable.
This has got to stop!!!
.Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and creator of the blog mikebeckles.com.