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ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Who is crime in Jamaica benefitting?

Thursday, December 13, 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 that the traffic in front of you 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 (SOE) led me to start thinking even more and had me again asking, 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 supersedes that of life? If it means curtailing my movements in order to have me live longer, then, that is for the greater good. The Opposition and the public defender need to decide who has more rights to curtail the movements of citizens, the State or the criminals.

Sometime 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 is benefitting from crime?

People who live in these areas are saying that they welcome and want the SOE to continue, the Opposition says no.

I heard Mr Fitz Jackson on a morning show saying that people were abused and they are afraid for their lives. I must say I am very skeptical about that. Why would you be afraid of the State but not the criminal? If that was really said, did you ask yourself if these people whom the SOE is affecting could be part of the criminal underworld?

We cried for the police involvement in fighting crime and this method seems to be yielding some fruit. But much to our Opposition's dismay this is not good enough as the crime rate is falling too quickly and not beneficial those who gain 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 live there. One of my brothers, who is over fifty-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

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