We are all Mario
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The Independent Churches of Jamaica offers our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mario Deane. Our prayers are with you at this time as you mourn the untimely loss of your loved one. We pray The Lord will bring you comfort during this time of pain.
While we support our security forces and appreciate the tough job they have to do daily, we equally expect the highest standard of professionalism from them as they carry out their sworn duties.
Any person in the custody of the police deserves to be treated with respect. We expect that if a person is detained by the police, care will be taken to ensure the safety of the detainee. The killing of Mario does not meet these expectations, nor does it reflect the professionalism expected of the police.
The Independent Churches of Jamaica is adding its voice to the call for a speedy and transparent investigation. The family of Mario Deane deserves to be kept informed at every level of this investigation. The citizens of Jamaica have a vested interest to know the progress of the investigation as well, because Mario Deane is every Jamaican. Any of us could have been arrested and placed in a cell and ended up dead.
What happened to Mario is symptomatic of a systemic problem. We are becoming an angry and hostile society. The value of a human life is fast losing its premium, and those to whom we entrust power are not immune to the social epidemic.
The members of our security forces should be routinely assessed to determine their psychological and emotional stability. The nature of the job does overwhelm them at times.
Therefore, we would like to suggest that daily prayer be scheduled for every police station, for as Minister Peter Bunting aptly observed, "We need divine intervention."
We pray that God will give wisdom to the investigators and that justice will be served in a timely fashion.
ORVILLE H. RAMOCAN
Independent Churches of Jamaica