Dilemma in crooks dressed as cops

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: THE CON­STANT re­ports of crim­i­nals pos­sess­ing po­lice and mil­i­tary fa­tigues/para­pher­na­lia is of great con­cern to or­di­nary cit­i­zens of Ja­maica.

With­out a doubt, these gear are used to lead un­sus­pect­ing in­di­vid­u­als into a net of dan­ger and may pose a prob­lem of au­then­ti­ca­tion when real po­lice officers try to stop ve­hi­cles or en­ter premises.

Ac­cord­ingly, what will the Government do to pro­tect cit­i­zens against po­lice bru­tal­ity should a cit­i­zen fail to give co­op­er­a­tion be­cause of un­cer­tainty of the uni­formed agents di­rect­ing them? Will we be al­lowed to flee a po­lice road­block and re­port it to the near­est po­lice sta­tion? Or, may I lock out the po­lice try­ing to en­ter my prop­erty un­til I ver­ify their pres­ence at my premises through a phone call?

Given the sit­u­a­tion, the risk is high ei­ther way. Obey dis­guised crim­i­nals and you’ll be sorry. Dis­obey gen­uine po­lice officers and be treated as a sus­pect.

What do we do if we are un­able to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween the two, Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Robert Mon­tague? J. FITZROY JOHN­SON Pas­tor

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