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Why did police escort Comrades and not Labourites?

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: 

It appears most astonishing and an attempt at diversion from the main issue when I read online a comment from Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Steve McGregor saying "no permission was granted for a motorcade through Flanker".

He was making reference to the Jamaica Labour Party motorcade that was viciously attacked on nomination day, leaving one dead, several injured, and damage to motor vehicles.

I ask the following questions:

1. To whom was that restriction given?

2. When was it given?

3. Was it stated in written form as one would reasonably expect?

4. Was it a restriction on one party (JLP) or both?

This question is most critical for the fact that the PNP's motorcade was escorted through the community by police and the military.

5. If that restriction was placed on the motorcade through the community, did those police officers disregard the senior superintendent's directive, and are they now open to internal disciplinary measures?

6. Why was no police or military escort given to the JLP motorcade in North West St James and Central St James, while that was afforded to the PNP?

7. Can the SSP rule out that the attack was not politically arranged or motivated?

It would be more useful, I submit, for the SSP to focus his mind forward and to have the incident, which could be described as an act of terrorism, thoroughly and professionally investigated and that those responsible be brought to justice. If he is unable to do so, maybe, just maybe, he may not be the right man in the right place at this time.

It would be interesting to see the specific answers by the SSP to these very specific questions.

CHARLES SINCLAIR

Councillor, St James