This is an open letter to the commissioner of police.
On Saturday, December 29, 2012, one of your officers, Inspector Keith St George Steele, decided to not only slay the dragon of indiscipline by barking instructions at those who tried to disrupt the queue already formed at the Cross Roads collectorate, there to pay outstanding traffic tickets, but he crossed the line of decency when he uttered: "Reinforcement will be called in to use the brute force unnu used to."
Commissioner, the goodly gentleman certainly did not display behaviour in line with the spirit of the season: goodwill and cheer to all. When he exited the vehicle, which he had parked in a space reserved for the disabled, the scenario was more literary than literal.
Inspector Steele's judgement was now impaired. By his girth and temperament, I thought of Bud Spencer of the Wild West movie fame of the '70s. He was showing his power, this was his glory, he was free to spew his loutish and irresponsible utterances at the plebeians gathered there.
This asinine comment has marred the image you are trying to build among the men and women of your organisation. Unless it was just "talk, talk, talk" instead of "work, work, work", with those of the ilk of Inspector Steele who have demonstrated that they have issues of self-control and propriety.
Commissioner, I refer you to Damion Mitchell's article published in the online edition of this newspaper on the said date. I happen to be the person who objected to the statement made by Inspector Steele, and I was then threatened with being "locked up".
Take corrective measures
Knowing my constitutional rights to free speech, I had no intention of allowing Inspector Steele to tread thereon. You need to "draw im ears" and have him know that there are those of us who do not fear him or his type.
What we fear is that he will get away with his boorish behaviour. In throwing the epithet of tax dodger at me (who was never in line and was a bystander), he could not dodge the steely stare I threw his way as he and I are both employed to the Government of Jamaica - 'we pay tax fus'.
It must be noted that his colleagues who were on the ground before him quite calmly executed the task at hand. They represented a level of professionalism that their senior, Inspector Steele, was incapable of.
Commissioner, I trust you administer whatever corrective measures necessary and that Inspector Steele be measured for size and fitted with an air of grace and decorum as he conducts himself on the job.