Below are comments from readers at www.jamaica-gleaner.com to yesterday's lead story, 'Major arrests loom ... as cops close in on crime bosses'
Why the need for publication before the day? Grandstanding, it appears, or to give the culprits time to flee.
Is this another big announcement that oftentimes shows no results? How many times, this time of the year, we have had this script played? By making this announcement, the cop is sending a signal to the bad guys to be careful. He seems to be very optimistic about bringing down the bad guys; however, he should be aware that the courts are reluctant in taking away citizens' properties, because how they gained their properties in the past is not an issue.
Based on the track record of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), I have no faith in their utterances. Prove me wrong, JCF, and make sure some lawyers and politicians are in the group.
Only in Jamaica these tings - yes, 'tings' - happen. I guess this is the JCF's ways of telling its friends to RUN and HIDE.
If the Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption task force can bring down the real white-collar heavyweights, then they might be effective. Otherwise, focusing on the traditionally poorer neighbourhoods will only produce the same unproductive results, as evidenced in past campaigns.
JCF, please don't screw this up by making early pronouncements. Take your time, investigate meticulously, and collect useful evidence. The idea here is not to make arrests, but to secure convictions.
Have these alleged criminals justified the wealth that they have amassed over the years? The onus will be on them to explain how they got their wealth.
This would be a welcomed initiation to what Jamaica has known for years. I only hope that the net will be so secured that not one of these scoundrels escapes this dragnet. I am still wondering why the treason laws are not being applied.