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Letter of the Day: Crawford's anti-INDECOM views foolish, misinformed

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Damion Crawford needs to adopt the adage, 'be quick to listen and slow to speak', because for someone who is supposed to be a member of the articulate minority, his anti-INDECOM statements are asinine - and that is putting it mildly.

Taken in parts, his fuzzy logic can be torn apart as easily and quickly as he blasted his misguided views all over the microblogging site, Twitter.

I invite Mr Crawford to write a paper, or even an article of no fewer than 1,000 words, to convince us why INDECOM should be closed or why he believes the establishment of the organisation was a public relations stunt. Only when he is forced to actually do some research will he see that he will come up short on actual facts to support his position.

Mr Crawford infers that INDECOM has not fulfilled its mandate because he is hearing more noise than convictions. This is laughable! For all the time he spends on social media tweeting and posting on FB, didn't he see:

1. The conviction of eight police personnel for breaches of the INDECOM Act?

2. Or the conviction of DSP Albert Diah for failing to comply with a lawful requirement on the commission without lawful justification or excuse, contrary to Section 33 (b) (ii) and obstructing the commission in the exercise of its functions, contrary to Section 33 (b)(i)?

He certainly did not see the news about the conviction of Detective Sherwood Simpson for wounding with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

By my count, that is 10 police personnel in three matters completed in a court system that, if it was moving any slower, it would be going backwards. INDECOM reported that it has had more than 85 matters in the court.




Mr Crawford also commented that either there are few bad cops or INDECOM is incompetent. In my many years of following the work of INDECOM, I have never heard any claims by the commission, or anyone else for that matter, that all police personnel are bad. Among the many asinine comments Mr Crawford has made, this one may be a winner for being THE most asinine statement I have ever heard from someone who is supposedly a member of the articulate minority.

Contrary to popular belief, 'Dirty Harry' policing is not a sustainable model to manage Jamaica's crime situation; it has never worked, and it never will.

But all this rhetoric is not about that. I am willing to bet that we would not have to deal with his anti-INDECOM campaign had the concept of INDECOM been crafted by, and established under, the People's National Party administration.

A little advice for Mr Crawford from Abraham Lincoln and me: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.