Let us stop the politicking with crime

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Dear Editor,

As I sat at my steering wheel while driving home on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, I was listening to the good people who take you home in style and relieve your mind from the stress the traffic brings. I became nervous as I heard the pronouncement of the leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

The decision not to support the states of emergency led me to start thinking even more and have me asking again the question who is it that the crime in Jamaica is benefiting. It cannot be that the real reason is because of human rights breaches. Because, which rights supersed that of life? If it means curtailing my movements in order to have me live longer, that is for the greater good. The Opposition and the public defender need to decide who hasmore rights to curtail the movements of citizens: the State or the criminals.

Some time ago a large shipment, of guns was found at the wharf. What has become of that investigation? Whose name was on the shipment again? And who were these people affiliated to? The question I am asking is: who is it that has been benefiting from crime?

People who live in these areas are saying they welcome and want the state of emergency to continue, the Opposition says no. I heard Fitz Jackson on a morning show saying that people were abused, but they are afraid for theirlives. I must say I am very sceptical about that. Why would you be afraid of the State, but not the criminal? If that had really been said, did you ask yourself whether these persons could be part of the criminal underworld who it seems are the only ones the state of emergency is affecting? We cried for the police involvement in fighting crime and this method seems to be yielding some fruits. Much to our Opposition's dismay this is not good enough as the crime rate is falling too quickly and not beneficial to those who benefit from it. Would we want to question the alleged death squad in the police force and the reason for such an intervention?

St James is my home, and as we speak the largest portion of my siblings currently lives there. One of my brothers, who is over 50 years old, is now asking to come and live where I am living because of the fears that constantly grip them there. Let us stop the politicking we are talking about saving lives here.

Fernon Thompson, JP



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