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Don't become vigilante army

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Many have criticised the recently formed Tambourine Army of moving vigilante justice into social media. They are also accused of using this same medium to defy Jamaican law enforcement.

At this point, I have no idea if the men they are accusing of predatory and abusive behaviour are guilty or innocent. But what would be the point of law enforcement repeatedly asking Jamaicans to come forth and tell what they know and avoid vigilante justice if a sector of our society simply decided that their cause entitled them to ignore the law?

I also do not know how much of the motivation behind the Tambourine Army is led by personal retaliation and how much is sincerely targeted at gender-based violence and abuse.

I would suggest that the Tambourine Army takes this time to genuinely reflect on methods and sources, as there is much good that can come from their energies if channelled in ways that are genuine and respectful of our society's laws.