Must we all die to prove INDECOM's worth?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The recent rhetoric by Sergeant Raymond Wilson at the funeral of a slain policewoman and MP Damion Crawford's blasting of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and its importance have highlighted the short-sighted approach to crime fighting by some in influential positions.
The Jamaica's Constabulary Force's record on human rights is dismal, and that's being kind. The many reports of police abuse and killings make a body such as INDECOM very important for oversight purposes and to hold the JCF accountable. The best police forces in the world are scrutinised, and the JCF is nowhere near the best, with its lack of resources, and underpaid, demotivated members. Why should it be exempt from being investigated?
Sgt Wilson seems to be in denial, as it relates to the true state of the JCF. By all indications, there are members of the force that are downright criminals! May I remind Sgt Wilson that one of his colleagues was just recently shot for trying to rob a businessman? Or should I remind him of the numerous personnel who are charged with corruption by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution? If Sgt Wilson and Comrade Crawford need more proof that the JCF needs cleaning, and that INDECOM is necessary, I am worried for all citizens, as maybe we must all be brutalised before INDECOM's necessity is realised.
The police force cannot speak from two sides of its mouth. It cannot call for its members to abide by the guidelines of the force and the laws of the land, but yet criticise, absurdly, INDECOM's role in ensuring law and order among law enforcement.
Ocho Rios, St Ann