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Gay profiling by cop reckless

Published:Friday | July 15, 2011 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This is an open letter to the commissioner of police.

I am not gay, and I do not support the homosexual lifestyle. I think it is unnatural.

Having said that, I was shocked to hear one of your senior officers come on public television and, without any empirical evidence, declare that upwards of 80 per cent of organised crime in Jamaica are done by homosexuals. That was a very reckless and dangerous thing to do. Not only should he be reprimanded, but he should personally be made to retract the statement.

If you stop to think about it, such a statement is no different from saying that all Middle Eastern-looking men wearing turbans are suicide bombers, or all black people on a plane (especially one coming from Jamaica) are carrying drugs!

Profiling persons like this is extremely dangerous and sets them up for persecution. You will recall a time in the 1950s and '60s when all Rastas in Jamaica were deemed to be criminals, which led to them being hunted down and arrested or killed.

What your officer did was wrong! He should acknowledge it and personally apologise.

DOREEN ELLIS

ndellis@hotmail.com

Kingston 6