LETTER OF THE DAY - Reviewing the Mario Deane case
THE EDITOR, Sir: Reviewing the case of Mario Deane: young man arrested for having a spliff not granted bail because "him nuh like police", family hears that he is in the hospital, they get there, he is unconscious, under police guard, so badly swollen and beaten that his own mother could not recognise him.
Doctor says the report that he got was that Mario fell off a bunk; police there said he was told that Mario was beaten by inmates, yet nothing was said about which inmates did what they did until after Mario died.
Suddenly, two men are charged with the alleged beating, one is deaf and dumb and one has mental issues. The one with mental issues was reported missing by his mother and she was not aware that he was in the custody of the State until she saw the news on TV.
Then, lo and behold, one of the witnesses to the beating has escaped police custody and we wait to see if he will be killed in a shoot-out with the police or his body will be found on or close to the Goat Islands, 'cause Lord knows, with the twists and turns of this story, we might as well drop the Goat Islands in there for cause and effect.
I was not aware that people were born overnight, in the dark, and were dropped on their heads by doctors, why those in authority think that any well-thinking person will sit and buy into this story. As a matter of fact, with no disrespect to the family, they might as well rename it Houdini's magical show in Jamaica, featuring the Jamaican police and the jail cells, with Peter Bunting, the minister of national security, having the lead role.
The sad thing is that Mario will not be the last, and he most certainly was not the first, and, as a people in the face of all this, we are more concerned about which party will win the next election when common sense would dictate that neither party has paid much attention to the issue of police abuse and brutality in Jamaica.
It is a sad day that, even in the custody of the State, citizens are not afforded protection under the laws of said State. And we really think we are moving forward?
I suggest we take a good look and see and understand that, as a society, unless we become the change we wish to see, we are most certainly lost.