Put a lid on crime

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY TALK -

With­out their hang­ing, the na­tion would quickly for­get or think less of their fight for our free­dom. In a piece pub­lished in the Ja­maica Ob­server on Oc­to­ber 13, 2016, Min­is­ter Olivia Grange was quoted as say­ing that they were “acts of lib­er­a­tion with abun­dant moral jus­ti­fi­ca­tion”. It is for this rea­son that their records should be kept to high­light what an un­just sys­tem can do to ‘moral’ and law­ful per­sons.

The stain on their record is the sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence that makes them not just mere men, but he­roes.

Keep their crim­i­nal records. Re­mind us who they are, what they have done, and its im­pli­ca­tions for us to­day. We do need mar­tyrs and he­roes for this age.

ANSEL ROBIN­SON THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: WE LIVE in a coun­try where mur­der is rapidly los­ing its shock value. We read of or hear it in the news and we act as though we are con­cerned, but quickly there­after, we move on to the next story. There is lim­ited out­rage, lim­ited fol­low-up, un­til an­other in­no­cent is mas­sa­cred.

Two-year-olds are be­ing ex­e­cuted. Po­lice are be­ing held up and robbed by gun­men on buses. Gang­sters are trad­ing bul­lets while the prime min­is­ter vis­its nearby com­mu­ni­ties.

It will take more than reg­u­lar polic­ing to ad­dress the brazen­ness of these new types of crim­i­nals. That ap­proach will call on not just the se­cu­rity forces and the Gov­ern­ment, but all of us.

Res­i­dents must col­lab­o­rate with the po­lice to of­fer in­tel­li­gence. Res­i­dents say they are afraid to rat out these crim­i­nals, but ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the news of the slaugh­ter of those five per­sons, res­i­dents had ban­ished a sus­pect ear­lier for al­leged in­cest. That act must have taken some amount of courage.

For far too long we have only re­acted to crime when it reaches our doorsteps. Too many of our chil­dren’s in­no­cent lives are cut short by sense­less vi­o­lence, and too many oth­ers live in fear daily.

STEVIAN SIMMONDS stevian.sim­monds27 @gmail.com

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