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Letter of the Day: Even the dead deserve dignity

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM


This a sick society, and Niger Minott's letter, published on May 30, 2016 in The Gleaner, is a perfect example why.

Mr Minott believes that when someone is dead, it is okay to treat them like we do our garbage, throwing it all over the place, as if the deceased had no parents, siblings or friends.

It is obvious that INDECOM is concerned with the manner in which state agents treat with persons who are supposedly injured. This is the point, Mr Minott! Unless the person's head has been severed from his body, no state agent can pronounce him or her dead and, as such, should treat the person with due care with a view to preserving their life - under ALL circumstances.

Did Mr Minott miss the point on the photography and videography skills being exercised by members of the force? What kind of human being, after "fearing for their life and having to take evasive action", which is the usual script, finds a few minutes to take a photo and then post it on social media platforms?

Is this the kind of behaviour we should now come to expect from our security forces? Such conduct cannot be justified by any stretch of the imagination. This is the point, Mr Minott!

The writer revealed his bias and classism early in his letter when he declared his problem with the deceased being referred to as 'Mr'. Clearly, in his mind, the term is only appropriate for decent people in his circles, not for the people who reside below Half-Way Tree.




I am happy that INDECOM had the guts to call out the state agents on their action and actually demand that citizens be treated with respect in death and life. It is also very disturbing that very few people seem to be paying attention to the deafening silence of the commissioner of police, who is yet to condemn the actions of the men under his command.

Every well-thinking Jamaican, starting from the leadership, should be condemning the action of the police and demanding a higher level of professionalism. When did our society become so barbaric that people like Mr Minott can't tell the difference between right and wrong? We all have the right to life, to be treated with respect and dignity in life and in death.