WEDNESDAY'S killing of 35-year-old taxi driver Douglas Folkes has sparked outrage among Jamaica Observer online readers, who have called on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and National Security Minister Peter Bunting to do something to curb the out-of-control crime rate. Folkes, who operated in the Corporate Area, was shot in the face multiple times by gunmen who posed as passengers. Yesterday, the police said his killing appeared to be a case of mistaken identity. Here are some edited comments:
What will it take for Peter Bunting and Portia Simpson Miller to realise that the country is in a crisis? Portia deemed addressing a football summit more important to that of the out-of-control crime wave and the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar. Travelling on taxpayers' paid trip to talk about football. C'mon Portia, where is your compassion for the Jamaican people? Is this the kind of leadership you think the Jamaican people deserve? Lawd, have mercy; have a heart, Madam PM! People need at least a little reassurance from their leaders during the time of national
crisis. And your silence is deafening. If you don't see the crime wave and the forex market as something to address urgently, history will judge you harshly as the most uncaring person to lead Jamaica, land we love.
If I saw men holding a gun under someone's chin, I would be making a call. Every Jamaican has a cellphone.
Morning, my fellow Jamaicans. Dear Chuck, Madam PM nuh listen nor watch di news... It would be nice if she beg fi permission (cause me can't believe she in charge) fi bring back di death penalty. Hanging would be good for JPS to unload some of their energy on an electric chair.
This government did not elect itself into office and people choose what they want. And people will also not take what they don't want. After 18 years under the previous PROGRESS & PROSPERITY admin, the handi- work of the PNP was well known by everyone. The actions and inaction of this present inept, incompetent, impotent and useless admin can be best described as follows:
1) Crime - UNDER HEAVY MANNERS
2) Dollar - SOLID ACHIEVEMENT
3) Economy. - DONT STOP the PROGRESS
@ chuck emanuel: You people forget that the PM doesn't listen to the news.
I think both Portia and Bunting are hiding under their desks, too afraid to face us and tell us how they plan to deal with this monster called crime. Bunting, especially, had a whole lot to say when he was in opposition. Now, he is as silent as the grave.
Something don't seem right. All of a sudden, a pure murder. Is what so?
Travelling to football nonsense is more important than managing the affairs of the country. Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy! Lord, grant us your peace.
@ Sosorry: If they had any shame they would never accept a cent from taxpayers for their salaries and perks. All they are doing is scavenging on the backs of poor people whilst the country is taken over by criminals.
If police kill these murderers, these same people [would] block road. The people are their own enemies.
And the Prime Minister has no time for this, she's busy attending Concacaf conference. A nuh nuttin; people get murdered everyday.
@jayjayja: Why should they
worry about murders in the island when they have bodyguards? Do you know how much per day it costs to guard these two people alone?
Our country has become a slaughtering ground.
I bet if you ask people in Jamaica and those who migrated about how their loved ones died, 95 per cent would say murder. Only divine intervention can curb Jamaica's crime rate.
Now, it would be great to see some protesters, some people demanding justice or maybe this won't happen because he wasn't a "don". His track record wasn't as "colourful" and "decorative" as Sala's, eh?
Where are the officials? They need to put first things first. Ja is bleeding.
Stephanie Allison Taylor
I have known Carlos' mother 'Miss Genie' all my life. Laaawd... This is so sad and frightening. Red Hills Police, get busy!
For the commissioner of police to report that murder is up six per cent, is to say that the murderers have more resources and are much smarter than the police. Murderers are much more effective with carrying out their mission than the police. Murderers murder their targets and just leisurely walk away, without a care in the world, because they have no respect for the security minister, and the commissioner and his men.
Any suggestions for tourists who are coming to your area by ship?
Di ooman one pickney! God, please help her. What kind a heartless demons dem yah?