Sun | Aug 20, 2017

Stop downplaying what cops faced in Tivoli

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Your columnist Ian Boyne, in his article 'Tivoli report hits bullseye' (Sunday Gleaner, June 25, 2016), made reference to a Letter of the Day by me published on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Mr Boyne raises important issues that I had alluded to and, among other things, describes me as "fuming" and my needing to "apologise to the commissioners".

One of the major issues in the commissioner's report has to do with the relationship between the security forces and the Tivoli community. It is true that the security forces were made aware of the major conflict they were facing in Tivoli Gardens, and these comments are useful in understanding the issues.

Specifically, the security forces were facing the super don Dudus and his army, and special fortifications to prevent the security forces from gaining access to the community. It should also be remembered that Tivoli Gardens had previously had major skirmishes with the army and police. This one was to be the final conflict.

I had argued in my letter that both sides - the security forces and Tivoli residents - had erred and that the way forward for both sides would be to meet and apologise and move forward. Also, a project ‡ la Henley Morgan's in South West St Andrew should be introduced in Tivoli.

The Gleaner editorial of Wednesday, June 29, 2016 was headlined 'The PM must own Tivoli report'. This proposal must be rejected out of hand. Obviously, the PM must review the report and accept the appropriate recommendations. But own it? No way!

ALFRED SANGSTER

President Emeritus, UTech