Dilemma in crooks dressed as cops
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The constant reports of criminals possessing police and military fatigues/paraphernalia is of great concern to ordinary citizens of Jamaica.
Without a doubt, these gear are used to lead unsuspecting individuals into a net of danger and may pose a problem of authentication when real police officers try to stop vehicles or enter premises.
Accordingly, what will the Government do to protect citizens against police brutality should a citizen fail to give cooperation because of uncertainty of the uniformed agents directing them? Will we be allowed to flee a police roadblock and report it to the nearest police station? Or, may I lock out the police trying to enter my property until I verify their presence at my premises through a phone call?
Given the situation, the risk is high either way. Obey disguised criminals and you'll be sorry. Disobey genuine police officers and be treated as a suspect.
What do we do if we are unable to differentiate between the two, Security Minister Robert Montague?
J. FITZROY JOHNSON