Wed | Jan 23, 2019

Policing in the eyes of a 'trying youth'

Published:Saturday | December 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Five days before Christmas 2014, my single-parent client sent her son on a minivan from Kingston to one of our heavily populated rural towns to sell clothing in its market.

He bought the market fee and on his way to the market, with the goods exposed, he was arrested by the police. He was detained for selling his wares on the street in breach of the law. He called his mother, who left her stall in Kingston and went to his assistance. I am advised that the police dropped the charges - $5,000 secretly changed hands.

I was called by the 17-year-old son shortly after, who said, "Lawyer, why if I decided to steal for the Christmas, I could be killed by those same police who robbed my mother of her hard-earned $5,000?"

The year 2015 will be a testy one for the police at home and abroad, as young people become more and more aware of their rights, the right to live and be free. They all want to 'breathe' freely.