LETTER OF THE DAY - Cops shouldn't fear INDECOM
THE EDITOR, Sir:
IT IS most unfortunate that the Police Federation and the various police-related organisations, including the Office of Commissioner, feel so threatened by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).
INDECOM must be given the power it needs, the tools for investigation and the freedom to investigate before the police begin to do their work in putting things together.
It truly breaks our hearts to see the nerve of and the chutzpah of Constable Franz Morrison to tell the INDECOM boss to "pack his bags and go". Certainly he could have found another set of words, or even learned a few others. Perhaps he should have got up and said, "Well, I am star boy! Did you hear me!"
These police murders and these criminal attacks upon the public must be carefully looked at. We cannot go on killing our brothers and sisters in this fashion. It truly does not speak well of our island nation. And while I am at it, it would be quite laudable if the United States, the most powerful country in the world, a country that I love, would kindly stem the flow of guns into Jamaica, rebuke the powerful gun lobby in that country and hold strain. It really falls into one big barrel! Doesn't it? Now that is the kind of help we need from our beloved Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to our beloved Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
Spanish Town Citizens Against Gun Violence entirely supports INDECOM and would like the prime minister to protect this body in a very difficult situation. We continue to applaud the many fine police officers who lay their lives on the line and stand in the line of fire.
We urge the Jamaica Constabulary Force to work with INDECOM, and do not be afraid. God is with you all. The Book of Timothy says: "I have not given the spirit of fear, but of love, of power and a sound mind."
Spanish Town Citizens Against Gun Violence