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INDECOM going rogue or reckless

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I read with concern your headline article in The Sunday Gleaner of June 26, 2016 titled 'Killer cops'. In that article, the assistant commissioner of INDECOM, Hamish Campbell, suggested that INDECOM was entitled to conclude that a policeman was a wrongdoer based on the number of shooting incidents in which he has been involved.

This is a frightening state of affairs because it is sending a message that the commissioner of police is not entitled to develop a specialist squad, members of which might be involved in a high number of shootings, because of their constant involvement in confrontations with gunmen.

Mr Campbell is quoted in the article as saying that "... a police officer, particularly who was implicated in 21 shooting incidents, remains in the force". Are we to understand that the position of INDECOM is that there is number of shootings that, if a policeman should exceed it, he is to be kicked out of the force? If that is the case, what is the number?

Why should there be a presumption of guilt based on the number of shooting incidents in which one is involved? This is a dangerous course of thinking and a high-handed, stiff-necked and arrogant approach to persons involved in the front line of crime fighting in Jamaica.

To try police personnel in the media and declare their guilt is a reckless and dangerous course of conduct.

LINTON P. GORDON

pgordon@cwjamaica.com

Ocho Rios, St Ann