On Saturday, September 1, 2012, a police officer, supposedly attached to the Yallas, St. Thomas branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), shot an killed a 25 year old woman, who, at the time of her death was eight (8) months pregnant. The young woman was identified as Kayann Lamont of a Logwood address in said parish (Read more http://thegreatestnews.com/pregnant-woman-shot-dead-cold-blooded-during-police-confrontation-in-yallahs-identified/). There was immediate and loud outcry from residents who witness the senseless killing. Reports suggest that the woman was recounting a story of being robbed and used some colourful, Jamaican expletives. A police officer who was nearby issuing a traffic ticket, heard those expletives; accosted the woman, who resisted attempts to arrest her (which by the way is against arrest codes); dragged her towards the police station and continued resistance led him to pull his gun, shoot and killed the unarmed woman and her unarmed, unborn child. The actions of the supposed community oriented and Christian officer has come as a surprise to colleagues within the JCF and members of his church community. He is described as a decent individual. I guess it was this decency that caused the officer to confront the young lady about her "indecent" language. And, when she failed to comply, he did the decent thing and killed her. It certainly is a more decent act to kill someone for being indecent.
Police Kill with ImpunityThe JCF has become known for this kind of wanton killing of citizens and excessive use of force. They do so knowing that hardly anything ever comes of the case because:
1. The public gets agitated only for NINE (9) days and then everything goes back to "normal" and we all forget about those killed. Unless, of-course, you are fortunate to belong to the middle-class to Upper-class, like Kieth Clarke was.
2.In Jamaica, there is no real concern for equal rights and justice for the poor. The only time the law works for the poor is when it is time to indict them. The Tivoli incursion and subsequent stalemate in arriving at inquiry or holding those responsible for the incursion/genocide accountable is instructive.
3. The rate of conviction of (rogue)police officer who abuse their powers is almost NIL. In cases where "good" officers try to do good, they are demonised and often manipulated and intimidated by senior officers and politicians. If you think this is simply old wives fables, ask Sergeant Jubert Llewellyn, who ratted on the Senior Superintendent, Forbes and his friends.
Absent LeadershipToday is Tuesday, September 4, 2012. And, I am still to hear our woman prime minister, who "loves" the poor, coming out and condemning this act of violence against the woman and her unborn baby. Yes, I know this is a crime against humanity... yadda yadda yadda... but too often, the humanity of our women and poor is not recognised and affirmed. In all fairness to the prime minister, she might not have heard. She hears very little of anything these days; long after the entire country knows, she just "DON'T KNOW"!!! Where is Peter Bunting? Where is the commissioner of police? Have we become a rogue state with state supported gunman/terrorists? Where the poor has no voice or chance for justice both in life and in death? Where justice is only seen from the perspective of the advantaged, who already have (financial) access to the justice they desire? What strict penalties are going to be enforced upon police officers who continue to disregard the humanity of the citizenry that has placed you in parliament to serve them? When are you going to revise those anachronistic laws that criminalises me for saying "Bumboclaat" and may punish me by death? Does it make sense to police "decency"? Where are you? The proverbial Adam-in-the-garden-hiding cannot work, Portia Simpson-Miller! Put your actions towards the poor where your profession is. Stop bloody kissing and STAND UP for justice!!!