'Culture of violence not going away anytime soon'


Friday, August 17, 2018

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With one police Inspector calling on the residents in August Town to refrain from providing misleading information to the police as revealed in yesterday's story, 'Stop it!', some Jamaica Observer online readers believe that the police should leave them alone and allow things to play out, while others have called on the leaders of the country to do more to stem the culture of violence. Here are some edited comments:


I'm so sick of this country.

A L Smalling

Put up some heavy concrete barriers around the community, cut them off from the rest of the society. Use a loud speaker and tell them they are on their own. They can either swim or drown — their choice.


I wonder when Jamaica will find its path as the peaceful, loving island it used to be. To me it is looking impossible, only if the Government and Opposition work together and decide that enough is enough.

speak it like it is

Instead of the police complaining, change tactics use undercover policing. Use paid informers, use gun sniffing dogs and raid the place. And lock it down and search yard by yard, house by house, because the guns are there. Let's stop the talking and complaining and do the things we can within the law. And let these criminals and the people from within these community know that there's no letting up. And it's a new way of doing things that we won't wait on the information, we're going out there to get it. And then prosecute and convict criminals.

Chapter 1

August Town should be placed on the police commissioner's itinerary. Where in the world is he by the way?


The residents who are protecting their relatives involved in crime are a disgrace to the community, and the police should leave them, make them kill off them one another. When the gunmen start killing the residents, they will know what to do.


Know what, leff dem mek dem kill aff dem one a nada! Vermin!

peejay the original

A family-type community like that is no good. If they report falsehoods arrest them. Nuff said.

Free Jamaica

I have just started reading the article and wonder why the police begging these people to “stop it”. If the residents are misleading the police do the police not have the law in their hand to charge these person for giving false information and impeding the investigation? Why are they begging them to stop it. If the police do their job properly they will “stop it” since they will realise they can be charged.


Inspector Keith Steele is calling for a community of terrorists, their colluders and supporters to change their modus operandi, which is quite admirable considering he faces certain defeat. I hope the police bashers are reading and understand that it's not a lack of police work that causes crime to be where it is today, but its the actions of a criminal complicit society who cover up, worship and praise these wannabe gun-slingers and criminals.


This culture of violence is not going away anytime soon. Criminality runs through the veins of many Jamaican men and women. Instead of blaming the PM for a culture of violence that started when he was a baby — some of you should blame your friends, family, and loved ones.


Officers stop wasting your time in the community. Leave the criminals on their own, the stronger and more vicious ones will kill the weaker ones, making your job easier in the long term.

Seppo Carr

Jamaica is in a perpetual state of anarchy and those in authority are in denial. They tell us that the economy is “very strong” and crime is going down. Patrons pay good money to jump up at Passa Passa, listening to dancehall music that consistently degrade and objectify our women. We are reaping what we sow. The entire country needs to be placed in a state of emergency. In August Town and other criminal havens/political garrisons, civil rights need to be violated, daily house-to-house search plus stop and frisk should be the norm. Phone lines must be tapped, gangs infiltrated, assets seized and criminals ambushed and dealt with. Pressure haffi drop! Let's not be deceived that we are doing well, based on the ubiquitous press conferences from our showman Minister Edmund Bartlett, touting big numbers in tourist arrivals. Just remember that these tourists are mostly holed up in all-inclusive resorts and Jamaica only see $5-$10 of every $100 they spend. Folks this is a war for the heart and soul of our country. Our leaders should stop behaving like things are normal.

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