THE EDITOR, Sir:
I was recently accosted by a sergeant of the Island Special Constabulary Force in Half-Way Tree (I recorded his badge number, but he refused to give me his name) at some time after 7 a.m. I was walking along the sidewalk with a lit cigarette in hand. The officer walks up to me and grabs me by the waistband.
"Hey, bwoy, yuh nuh know seh yuh cyaah smoke inna public? Yuh a go a jail now!"
"Sir, unhand me, please!"
"Mi seh yuh a go a jail!"
"What is your name, sir?"
At this point, a corporal who was present (I did not get his badge number because his back was to me) suggested that I extinguish the cigarette. Having extinguished my cigarette, the sergeant (much annoyed) stated, "Nex' time tell mi fi leggo yuh pants an si if mi nuh bax yuh dung!"
Is this how we train our officers to conduct themselves?
Now I must admit that I am not sure if the sidewalk falls within the no-smoking areas, but I am sure that had the officer said to me, "Sir (a word that they only use for their superiors and those of lighter-skinned tones), this is a no-smoking area", our experience would have been much different.