THE EDITOR, Sir:
My heart is heavy from the callousness of the police's actions, as reported in the news this past weekend. How is it possible that a woman, eight months pregnant, could be gunned down by one sworn to serve and protect? And for what? The utterance of a curse word? If this is not excessive, I am not sure what is.
Regardless of what the laws themselves may say regarding penalising members of the public for use of said language, presumably because of their highly offensive meaning in our context, there is nothing that can justify this action. Nothing!
I find entirely
It is my sincerest wish that the justice system will use this as a necessary moment in which to repeal these ancient laws, and several others like it which give rise to this kind of unjust behaviour.
Hopefully, also, Ms Lamont's family will be afforded, at least, some measure of restitution at the soonest possible time. I am in shock!
And to believe that this was a policeman who committed such an act.
This is unacceptable, by any standard. The demand for justice here cannot be anything but swift and definite.
This is truly a tragedy of horrific proportions. We are all the poorer because of the utterance of a curse word in St Thomas on Saturday, September 1.