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Monsters in uniforms

Published:Thursday | December 9, 2021 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

What kind of monsters have we created among us? Dressed in police uniforms, they think they have the right to lay their hands on citizens, inflicting beatings. What gives them the right to treat us as if we have no rights, as if we are their unwanted children that they can abuse as they will.

Perpetrating a system where not toeing the line is akin to be deserving of torture, maiming and, even worse, to be put to death.

Derrick Coley, aka ‘Screechie’, broke the curfew along with his female pillion rider, Briana Kerr, as they made their way home after celebrating her 24th birthday. In our brutal Jamaica, Screechie and Kerr were judged by our police, in this instance, not to be deserving of service and protection. Coley and Kerr were judged to have committed an offence deserving of death. Screechie was judged to be deserving of being driven down by fellow black Jamaican police as he drove his motorcycle with his pillion rider Briana Kerr and purposely hit off the cycle, resulting in both their deaths.

States of emergency, lockdowns, climate change, global warming, living in harmony with nature, becoming a republic, all ring hollow to the vast majority of Jamaicans who can barely make ends meet; for whom being poor is a crime deserving of brutality and, on not a few occasions, death at the very hands of those whose sworn duty it is to serve and protect them.

COVER-UP

The monsters, who in collusion savagely hit Coley from his motorcycle and then sped away, up to the time of my writing this letter remain anonymous, no doubt sheltered and protected by fellow monsters in uniform. Already, the cover-up has started with the first police report stating that Kerr died from gunshot wounds, rubbing salt in the gaping emotional wounds of her family and that of Coley’s, who leaves behind his wife and four young children.

If we cannot deliver justice for the poor majority, Independence and republicanism in the hands of the elite few are like handing children matches with which to play, and then wringing our hands when they burn the house down. Make no mistake, there can be no justice with the level of corruption that we condone in high offices and our security forces. There can be no lasting peace without justice for the poor. We demand justice for Coley, Kerr and every Jamaican wronged and abused by the State and its agents.

PAUL CARROLL

Maroon Town PO

St James