Can you imag­ine how much bet­ter Jamaica would be if the coun­try spent the req­ui­site resources going after mur­der­ous crim­i­nals as it spends going after errant cops who may have stepped over the line?

No one should be com­fort­able with a cop who betrays his oath. But as I have writ­ten sev­er­al times before, it is sim­plis­tic and rather hyp­o­crit­i­cal to pre­tend that shit flows upstream.
It begins with that cup of cof­fee, that offer of a drink on a real­ly blis­ter­ing 96-degree day and it cul­mi­nates in sweet­er and more sub­stan­tial gifts and the resul­tant expec­ta­tion of some­thing in return.

Young offi­cers know as soon as they leave the Academy what senior col­league is on the take and they damn sure know which Superintendent is get­ting an enve­lope to look the oth­er way.
Duties are designed around those envelopes, young offi­cers are trans­ferred as a result, and peo­ple behave in a man­ner toward the junior offi­cers on the street based on their rela­tion­ships with senior offi­cers

It is ridicu­lous to expect to pay off the super­in­ten­dent then lam­baste the con­sta­ble who accepts a cold soda while on patrol.
I am not mak­ing the case for cor­rup­tion, I am mere­ly stat­ing an incon­ve­nient truth.


The sad real­i­ty is that the less influ­en­tial the per­son who errs against the law the more like­ly he will be seri­ous­ly pun­ished.
It is safe to assume that Mohamed Ben Mohammad bin Salman is not ever going to face a court of law and be held respon­si­ble for the death of Jamal Jamal Khashoggi

In the same vein as the bare­ly lit­er­ate con­sta­ble Collis [Chucky] Brown makes a spec­ta­cle of him­self and the once noble orga­ni­za­tion he has brought ill repute to no one above him m will even be forced to defend Brown’s accu­sa­tions in a court of law.

Rest assured that as Brown was spilling his guts to Hamish Campbell they nev­er sought once to read his [Miranda rights]!
It is safe to con­clude that if Hamish Campbell told the bare­ly lit­er­ate Brown that he “had a right to remain silent, that he had the right to an attor­ney, and that any­thing he said would be used against him in a court of law”, as dumb as Brown is we would not be talk­ing about this today.

If Chucky Brown was dri­ving around shoot­ing and killing gun­men that would not cause me to lose any sleep let me be clear.
Nevertheless, we can­not become them in order to com­bat them.
The truth is that all of the forces which ought to line up against crim­i­nal­i­ty on the Island are arrayed against the rule of law.

The truth of the mat­ter is that the polit­i­cal class the judi­cial class the busi­ness class and every­one in between, the Island is awash in cor­rup­tion and as a result, there is no real effort to squash this can­cer­ous bug called vio­lent crime once and for all.
Whether the pathet­ic Brown is telling the truth or not is imma­te­r­i­al at this point. What he told Hamish Campbell at INDECOM is exact­ly what Campbell, Terrence Williams and those who hate the police want­ed to hear. So no one would have warned him of the grave dan­ger he was plac­ing him­self in by spilling his guts with­out a lawyer or a guar­an­tee of immu­ni­ty.

Whatever Chuck Brown expect­ed, be it that he was going to receive immu­ni­ty with­out a guar­an­tee, makes the case that the hap­less Brown was way over his head the moment he met with INDECOM and was even fur­ther over his head when he allowed him­self to be conned into giv­ing a state­ment, essen­tial­ly mak­ing a deal with the dev­il.

If Chucky Brown was dri­ving around shoot­ing oth­er crim­i­nals he will get his just desert, no ques­tion the courts will throw the book at him, he will nev­er see the light of day again.
And why not? Throwing Brown in prison and throw­ing away the keys will be a tremen­dous dis­trac­tion from the fact that INDECOM is not only a fail­ure and a drag on the Jamaican tax­pay­ers, but it will also mask the fact that the much-revered courts get to con­tin­ue enjoy­ing the pre­sump­tion that it is above board.

Between the lax laws, polit­i­cal inter­fer­ence and the courts at all lev­els run­ning inter­fer­ence on behalf of crim­i­nals it is no won­der that some cops would think just shoot­ing the moth­er­fuck­ers would be an appro­pri­ate rem­e­dy.
But police offi­cers can­not allow them­selves to indulge in the same cesspool the crim­i­nals are mired in. When we do we become them and that helps no one.

The JCF has one of the high­est attri­tion rates of any police depart­ment I know of. There is a rea­son for that, the sense of not accom­plish­ing any­thing, and a recog­ni­tion of the bar­ri­ers to law enforce­ment becomes clear once you are in.
Hence the mad scram­ble for the door. Chucky Brown may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but he was clear­ly not blunt enough that he did­n’t know what he was doing and so he has to face the music.
He could have walked away!