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Phillips must apologise for politicising murder

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I thought that both major political parties had ended the era of politicising crime and violence.

Dr Peter Phillips, leader of the Opposition and president of the People's National Party, used a tour of Arnett Gardens, originally aimed at consoling torn residents of the area hurting from the gruesome murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis on August 24, 2018, to blame the lack of police resources on the zones of special operations and states of emergency.

But if Dr Phillips had done his research, he would've found that on August 6, 2017, in Arnett Gardens to be exact, 17-year-old Micholle Moulton was shot and killed and her 12-year-old sister was shot. That gruesome incident happened before the zone of special operations that was called in Mount Salem on September 1, 2017.

What Dr Phillips should've told the residents is that they should tell the police what they know.

I'll close by saying Dr Phillips owes the country an apology for politicising a gruesome murder like this. I strongly believe no matter how many police resources, whether human or technology, are deployed, without information from residents, gruesome crimes like this will always happen.

It takes a community to raise a child. A community must report things to the State before it happens.

TEDDYLEE GRAY

teddylee.gray@gmail.com

Ocho Rios, St Ann