'The police are hired to protect and serve'
A revelation by the Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom) that it is investigating several senior police officers over their alleged roles in extra-judicial killings has been greeted with mixed feelings by Jamaica Observer online readers. Here are some edited comments:
Which will it be: The police doing their job and protecting their lives and of citizens of this country or killers getting the freedom to do whatever they want, you can't want both at the same time.
@liqcocktails: The integrity of the force must be upheld and maintained at all cost.
@liqcocktails: Killing Jamaicans is the police job now?
To be honest with you, I would like to see all known murderers wiped from the face of the Earth. If it takes the police to do it, so be it. Think about what type of Jamaica we would have if we could just have 90% of these bastards eliminated. We need to have a "death squad" in Jamaica to get rid of them!
By the way, Jamaica could be cleansed from the bad/wicked people who are in governance of our beloved country by having an Egypt-style revolution.
When PNP forms the government, crime becomes uncontrollable and police becomes the problem.
@liqcocktails: Criminals, civilian and police are all humans, it seems as if we forget this. We must elevate ourselves from this tribal uncivilised thought process. Crime-solving is a difficult task, there is no easy way of solving it but no one is guilty unless proven otherwise. Murder is murder, no matter who got killed. If I, as a civilian, killed a man then I become a murderer. Doesn't that apply to the police, too? Are you saying that policemen should be exempted from murder?
We all suspect that some of these police are grimy. However, I question a man who wants to make his name at the expense of the only defence between the people and marauding criminals.
It might not be within the scope of the Indecom Commissioner, but any senior police officer who loses his notes in a serious case should be drummed out of the force forthwith and investigated for corruption. If found guilty, he or she should also lose their pension. Unfortunately when a policeman is promoted up the ranks he or she does not lose their "wuthlisness" but only become more crafty at concealing it. Some of these seniors are worse than their juniors and that is why they cannot discipline them.
INDECOM needs to investigate the gunman too, not just the police.
Nothing is wrong when the police is performing their duty to rid the country of criminals. However, a lot of the killings by the police are questionable and should be investigated thoroughly, and if found guilty should be prosecuted. We cannot have police killing people without a valid reason.
The police are hired to protect and serve, not a judge, juror and executioner.
Yes, we can have the police doing their job and protecting their lives and the lives of the citizens of this country.
Why? Because the police's job is not to go around killing people and blaming those killings on civilian gunmen, so that narrow-minded myopic imbeciles can feel secure.
@Orville Smith: The entire police force and JDF should go on sick leave for a month ...give us an idea of Jamaica without them. Then just maybe our tone would be different ....
These are some real damming and serious accusation. Hoping that INDECOM has done an indepth and thorough investigation on this and have hard evidence, and not relying on hear say. This is very serious.
The rule of law is absent in Jamaica
What a mighty God we serve! Just when we thought all was lost, Terrence Williams & his impartial crew members have miraculously renewed our hope. As usual, the darkest part of night is just before dawn -- suh come mek wi guh chant dung Babylon one more time! One love.
If they are known gunmen and the police caught them in their criminal acts and cut them down, the police have nothing to worry about. As long as the police have not killed an innocent person.
The police should never shoot an unarmed man. There is no escuse for that behaviour. Most of our policemen and women, if you look how they act, they think they are earthly Gods. I'm afraid of them with my one life because we only go a round once.
Why Jamaicans stay so? when police kill unnu bawl say indecom nah do them job, now that them a do it unnu project a bag of foolishness. Are you guys just an extension of the comedy that is Jamaican structure?
Tasha A Lee
Let's see how these cases progress and the level of attention they get.
Don't follow rumours. In the end, INDECOM is going to be embarrassed. Mark my words.
Said affair. Some of these guys do go overboard, but they are the ones out there daily with thier lives on the line going after the terrorists.