Society is inching beyond repair

Friday, June 21, 2019

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Dear Editor,

As the family members of the late Constable Toddmar Allen plan his funeral service, I want to share a little about Constable Allen and how his death is a signal that society is inching beyond repair if we don't step up now.

On May 8, 2019, at around midnight, he was gunned down in Rollington Town, Kingston. This has left the residents who knew him speechless, as he got along with everyone. His murder has left a dark cloud over the community.

Constable Allen was a long-serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), a few months shy of 13 years. He was a kind, humble and jovial individual who avoided conflict and went about his business with a smile on his face and touched the hearts of the people he met with his fast-talking and comical inclination.

Constable Allen has not only helped to keep the family together, but has made them proud of his strides, since joining the JCF, and looking at the man he has become. He was a son, a friend, a colleague, an uncle, and a husband. With such a loss, only God knows how the families and colleagues will cope on the day of the funeral service.

It's important to note, police officers are products of society; he was a product that anyone would be happy to claim. Throughout his years of service, even while working in some of the most volatile areas across Jamaica, he was never accused of breaching civilian rights, corruption or being undisciplined.

Though Constable Allen was a model citizen, ironically, I am yet to hear at least one entity publicly denounce or condemn the killing of this young policeman. Could it be that as a society we are so anti-police that we cannot see that the killing was unjust?

There are good, law-abiding officers within the JCF and they far outnumber those who fail to uphold their sworn duty.

Too many families are hurting because of the increase in murders nationally. If community members don't step up and take charge of their communities, then things will only get worse. The security forces cannot do it alone; they need the help and input of every member of the community.

Help the police get rid of the heartless, blood-thirsty criminals who continue to plague our beautiful island, so our children can live in a worry- and crime-free environment.

Constable Toddmar Allen, may your soul rest in peace, and your family and friends find comfort as time goes by.

Nickoy Brown

nickoyb@yahoo.com


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