Where Are The Lines Between Free-speech And This Behavior(caution Strong Language)?

Yes, each per­son has a right to free­dom of speech, and sure, peo­ple have a right to voice their dis­plea­sure at author­i­ty figures.
My ques­tion is this; where exact­ly are the lines between sane and ratio­nal dis­plea­sure, and out­right abu­sive and dis­re­spect­ful behav­ior that has no place in a demo­c­ra­t­ic society?
Without hav­ing the facts of what occurred in this sit­u­a­tion before the cam­eras start­ed rolling, my ques­tion is, how can this kind of con­duct be allowed to continue?
Let us not be delu­sion­al about this, Andrew Holness has degrad­ed the police, bad-mouthed them, and inter­fered in their work, and this is the result.
The police have done more than enough to degrade their own author­i­ty, and they are not being trained in tac­ti­cal maneuvers.
One of the cocka­mamie sto­ries I heard from their high com­mand is that this offend­er will be arrest­ed even­tu­al­ly. I must also dis­agree with some of my for­mer col­leagues who seem to have bought into this new-age paper police tac­tics that you go back to arrest later.
They had sev­er­al offi­cers there, and there should have been an unspo­ken under­stand­ing that all of the offi­cers present con­verge on this punk in two sec­onds, throw him to the ground, and cuff him.
The next agi­ta­tor who opens his mouth gets the same treatment.
The idea that offi­cers must always be mind­ful of esca­la­tion sends the wrong mes­sage that a sin­gle cop or two can­not effect an arrest.

At issue here seem to be three stand­out issues.
(1) Government incom­pe­tence and cor­rup­tion in allow­ing pub­lic lands, includ­ing pub­lic beach prop­er­ties, to be occu­pied by crim­i­nals allow­ing for the con­struc­tion of shan­ty struc­tures. And as we can see in these videos, per­ma­nent struc­tures gen­er­al­ly with­out prop­er­ty own­er­ship, per­mits, and or any approval.
Jamaica’s num­ber one for­eign exchange earn­er is tourism, yet prime sea­side prop­er­ties are hang­outs for thugs and bad­men, whom the police seemed mighty afraid of.

(2) Lawless ele­ments who believe they are above the laws, and that they can do as they please with­out con­se­quence. This is not only hor­ren­dous for the present, but it is a tick­ing time-bomb with a younger gen­er­a­tion emerg­ing, that will have zero respect for the rule of law.

(3) An incom­pe­tent and poor­ly trained police force that does not know what laws they are enforc­ing, and is there­fore unsure of them­selves, result­ing in sit­u­a­tions like the some in the video.
I talk about the demon­stra­bly poor train­ing of the Police Department mem­bers, and I am con­tin­u­al­ly being told that they are being giv­en the appro­pri­ate train­ing levels.
If what we are wit­ness­ing here is appro­pri­ate train­ing, not just to quick­ly and effec­tive­ly arrest a dis­re­spect­ful loud-mouth piece of garbage, but know­ing what laws or ordi­nances he vio­lat­ed that would neces­si­tate his arrest, then obvi­ous­ly they are being trained to fail.



Mike Beckles is a for­mer Police Detective, busi­ness­man, free­lance writer, black achiev­er hon­oree, and cre­ator of the blog mike​beck​les​.com.