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Plain indiscipline

Friday, February 08, 2019

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Dear Editor,

'Comply then complain' is a term that would suit Jamaicans well when faced with particular situations.

After viewing the video that trending now, which showed a bus driver presumably being shot after he attacked a uniformed police officer, the question on the lips of many people is why attack the officer?

From what I saw, the video showed a police officer standing while a man attempted to hook up a Coaster on a wrecker. Another man in a blue shirt came and stood in front of the officer gesticulating. The angry crowd which had gathered echoed their opposition of the officer. The 'blue shirt' man heeded the cheers of the crowd and shoved the officer, who fell back and his hat fell from his head. The officer then reached for his firearm and the blue shirt man proceeded to attack the officer again. By this time another officer came to his colleague's aid, a tussle ensued, and explosions were heard.

When the 'smoke cleared' the blue shirt man was seen lying on the ground. The angry mob hurled bricks on the police service vehicle and expletives at the officers.

This incident brings into sharp focus the numerous videos on social media of a similar nature, with bus men, taxi men and even schoolchildren fighting the police.

It was unfortunate that the bus driver was reportedly shot by the officer, but thankfully it was further reported that he is in a stable condition.

Flash back two years and Constable Leighton Hanson was not so fortunate when his service pistol was used by a man he was arresting to murder him. Incidents like these highlight the scant regard Jamaicans have for the rule of law.

The video showed no evidence of anyone in the crowd encouraging the bus driver to report the police to the inspectorate of constabulary or to a senior officer. How do we expect children to be angels when the adults teach them to yield to temptation? The police are not above the law, but we have no right to shove the police.

Hezekan Bolton


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