Elites Within JLP/​PNP Created Culture Which Protects Them Places Police In Untenable Position…

Years ago I wrote a short arti­cle about the impro­pri­ety of Terrence Williams attend­ing advo­ca­cy meet­ings with Carolyn Gomes of JFF , and oth­er anti-police advo­ca­cy groups.
At the time the police were up in arms demand­ing that Williams be fired from INDECOM .

The Government of Bruce Golding scoffed at the idea and as the years pro­gressed it has become clear­er and clear­er that Williams is a polit­i­cal activist and a friend of the rul­ing JLP and the Elites on the Island.
To include those with­in the People’s National Party.
He was put in the posi­tion of com­mis­sion­er of INDECOM to do exact­ly what he is doing per­se­cute the police dri­ve up crime and keep law enforce­ment in Jamaica neutered.

As mur­ders, Rapes and oth­er vio­lent crimes con­tin­ue to surge , instead of stand­ing solid­ly behind the Police and Military as Countries like Colombia and even the Philippines have done and con­tin­ue to do, the Jamaican Government (both polit­i­cal par­ties) con­tin­ue to pla­cate crim­i­nals as they active­ly sup­port gang cul­ture in the zones of polit­i­cal exclu­sions (gar­risons) from which they oper­ate (con­stituen­cies.

This places the Police in an unten­able posi­tion. They are tasked with reduc­ing crime while the pow­er base of the politi­cians are in these very zones of polit­i­cal exclu­sions and are sup­port­ed by the Members of Parliaments who dou­ble as leg­is­la­tors.

In some cas­es the mem­bers of Parliament are active crim­i­nals , engag­ing alleged­ly in mur­der for hire, fraud, issu­ing guns to unem­ployed youths and oth­er crimes.
They are basi­cal­ly untouched as the sys­tem they cre­at­ed places them out­side the ambit of law enforce­ment.

The police are unable to reduce crime as the Government’s loy­al­ty is not to the con­sti­tu­tion , it is not fideli­ty to the rule of law which would cause them to have loy­al­ty and give sup­port to law enforce­ment.
Their loy­al­ty lies with and with­in the con­stituen­cies which keeps them in office.
This is true of both polit­i­cal par­ties which in many cas­es are lit­tle more than glo­ri­fied crim­i­nal gangs.

Here is a let­ter to a local news­pa­per on the issue of the police watch dog agency the Government of Bruce Golding cre­at­ed in 2010.….


I took note of the fact that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), at its first quar­ter­ly press con­fer­ence on May 26, 2017, expressed alarm at the increase in police fatal shoot­ings for the first quar­ter of 2017 com­pared to the cor­re­spond­ing peri­od last year. The fig­ures pre­sent­ed by INDECOM showed a 45 per cent increase, which the Deputy Commissioner of INDECOM described as quite “dis­turb­ing”.

Mr Editor, let us recall that INDECOM was estab­lished out of a sit­u­a­tion where the pub­lic out­cry at the time was that there exists an inher­ent risk of appre­hend­ed bias in a sys­tem where ‘police inves­ti­gate their own’. This call accord­ed with the old adage: ‘Justice should not only be done, but should be seen to be done.’

Mr Editor, the pos­ture tak­en by INDECOM over time has caused me to ques­tion whether it has prop­er­ly inter­pret­ed its role as con­tained in the INDECOM Act, 2010. Does INDECOM have an advo­ca­cy or inves­tiga­tive role, or both? This seems to be a rea­son­able ques­tion based on the mode of oper­a­tion observed.

Mr Editor, it is my opin­ion that the 2010 act estab­lished INDECOM as an inde­pen­dent inves­tiga­tive body that incor­po­rates the func­tions of both police com­plaint and crit­i­cal inci­dent inves­ti­ga­tions. It, there­fore, means that its mis­sion should be to con­duct trans­par­ent, time­ly and neu­tral or dis­in­ter­est­ed inves­ti­ga­tion of alle­ga­tions of police mis­con­duct. One of the hall­marks of good inves­ti­ga­tion is that they are devoid of emo­tions and based pure­ly upon rea­son and facts.


Mr Editor, I believe the prin­ci­ple of neu­tral­i­ty or dis­in­ter­est­ed­ness is breached when INDECOM goes to var­i­ous forums, some­times accom­pa­ny­ing advo­ca­cy groups, to lament about increas­es in police fatal shoot­ings. It is a well-known fact that sta­tis­tics, with­out the prop­er con­text, are mean­ing­less. What if the increase in police fatal shoot­ings is because brazen indi­vid­u­als are more inclined to take on the police in con­fronta­tions? What if the increase is a reflec­tion of changes in the polic­ing envi­ron­ment?

Mr Editor, I humbly sub­mit that INDECOM’s focus should be about dis­pas­sion­ate inquiries to ascer­tain whether these police shoot­ings are deemed jus­ti­fi­able or not and pro­nounce its find­ings accord­ing­ly, on a case-by-case basis. At these forums, INDECOM should be inform­ing the pub­lic on the num­ber of fatal shoot­ing inves­ti­ga­tions that have result­ed in charges being prof­fered against police offi­cers.

I urge INDECOM to clar­i­fy its role and leave emo­tion­al utter­ances to lob­by­ists, as jus­tice should not only be done, but should be man­i­fest­ly and undoubt­ed­ly seen to be done. I dare say INDECOM’s job is to inves­ti­gate.


Here’s what I had to say at the time Terrence Williams decid­ed to share a stage with anti-police groups..


Last week there was an uproar over a rash of killings involv­ing Jamaican offi­cers and urban ter­ror­ists. According to reports 21 peo­ple lost their lives at the hands of the Jamaican police, the reports also stat­ed that a cou­ple of peo­ple got caught in the cross­fire. There is already a lot of con­clu­sion made on this mat­ter, even though the inves­ti­ga­tions has not yet deter­mined who fired the shots that killed the inno­cents. The men­tal­i­ty is that the bul­lets can only come from the guns of offi­cers. Of note is the fact that sev­er­al weapons have been removed from the streets by the police dur­ing those con­fronta­tions, includ­ing AK47 rifles.

I will now intro­duce to you some faces that you ought to know and remem­ber when you hear that crime is over-run­ning Jamaica. Do remem­ber these faces these are the faces of crim­i­nal sup­port in Jamaica, I will tell you who they are and quote for your their posi­tions on crime in our coun­try. You decide if this sit­u­a­tion is ten­able and tell us how long our coun­try should tol­er­ate this kind of behav­ior.

Public Defender Earl Witter JFJ’s Carolyn Gomes INDECOM comm. Terrence Williams

Witter is paid with tax dol­lars to inves­ti­gate instances of abuse on behalf of the pub­lic, frankly I do not under­stand the need for this failed crim­i­nal lawyer to be on the pub­lic pay­roll, but this is Jamaica, (every­one affi eat a food) every­one has to be fed, from the pub­lic purse no less. Carolyn Gomes a pedi­atric doc­tor who has been wag­ing a cam­paign of mis­in­for­ma­tion and per­son­al vendet­ta against the police force, her orga­ni­za­tion is fund­ed by for­eign human rights groups which has gen­uine inter­est in human rights. Gomes has used that mon­ey and influ­ence, par­lay­ing it into a per­son­al cam­paign of lies and innu­en­dos against defense­less Jamaican cops who do not have the soap box Gomes have to defend them­selves. Gomes was award­ed the order of Jamaica for her cam­paign against law enforce­ment . My per­son­al feel­ings regard­ing a National hon­or in Jamaica is, it’s not worth being spat on, in light of Gomes being award­ed one. Terrence Williams was hired to head the new agency, INDECOM that would inde­pen­dent­ly inves­ti­gate alle­ga­tions of police abuse. He has turned out to be a pow­er grab­bing nar­cis­sis­tic ego­ma­ni­a­cal turd. His inves­ti­ga­tions so far has not unearthed any­thing that the police through its own inves­ti­ga­tions have not unearthed when it inves­ti­gates its own.


Yup! one can­not make that stuff up. Williams is the com­mis­sion­er of INDECOM, the agency charged with look­ing into alle­ga­tions of police shoot­ings in an inde­pen­dent and pro­fes­sion­al man­ner. Despite a lot of grand­stand­ing and pon­tif­i­cat­ing mis­ter Williams has not been able to inde­pen­dent­ly con­clude an inves­ti­ga­tion which shows a sin­gle case of unlaw­ful killing. This has not stopped Williams from being on tele­vi­sion and radio every chance he gets mak­ing state­ments and com­pro­mis­ing inves­ti­ga­tions in which his agency is active­ly engaged.

As if that was not bad enough INDECOM Terrence Williams joined the most vit­ri­olic anti police group in the country,(JFJ) Jamaicans for Justice, in a joint press con­fer­ence berat­ing the police for shoot­ing crim­i­nals and remov­ing sev­er­al guns from the streets, to include AK47 rifles. The Police Federation through its chair­per­son has cor­rect­ly hit back at Williams for being at that press con­fer­ence, and demand­ed he resign.The Federation has sent let­ters of com­plaint to the Governor General, the Prime Minister,and the Parliament to have Williams removed. In response INDECOM has fired back that it’s com­mis­sion­er has done noth­ing wrong and as such he should remain in his job.

We make no apolo­gies for shar­ing the con­cerns of organ­i­sa­tions such as Jamaicans for Justice or the Office of the Public Defender and air­ing our con­cerns in that regard,” the state­ment read. The state­ment indi­cat­ed that those con­cerns do not rep­re­sent an attack on the secu­ri­ty forces and should not be con­strued as such”.

This state­ment from the morons at INDECOM shows two things , (1) that they are com­plete­ly and unequiv­o­cal devoid of ratio­nal thought. If the agency sees noth­ing wrong with hav­ing a press con­fer­ence with JFJ it clear­ly is inca­pable of engag­ing in unbi­ased investigations.(2) That they are inca­pable of under­stand­ing their man­date.

That state­ment from INDECOM , what hubris? So here’s a new agency just formed recent­ly, stat­ing we make no apolo­gies , shouldn’t hubris be left out of this par­tic­u­lar debate? How could this new agency not see some­thing wrong with its actions in shar­ing stage with Carolyn Gomes. Gomes advo­cates the killing of police offi­cers, she has stri­dent­ly argued that even if the killings of crim­i­nals are indeed jus­ti­fi­able , it is unac­cept­able for offi­cers to kill them. What that means is that offi­cers should be killed in equal num­bers as crim­i­nals, . That is the view of Carolyn Gomes and Earl Witter. Clearly this has got to be the tip­ping point. Decent Jamaican will have to take a stand and demand that the police do more to root out bad apples with even more alacrity, but they must col­lec­tive­ly also put their foot down on the neck of JFJ and make sure that kind of non­sense is stopped once and for all.

As if all of this is not enough the recent­ly embar­rassed Jamaica labour par­ty has decid­ed to fur­ther destroy that par­ty by sid­ing with the peo­ple who are fight­ing tooth and nail against the police. Already Andrew Holness, Delroy Chuck, and Derick Smith have thrown their sup­port behind Williams cement­ing the wide­ly held belief that INDECOM was a tool of the JLP. The JLP would be wise to watch its words very carefully,sour grapes?The Police just vot­ed with the Jamaican peo­ple to boot them from office, and I must say that even though I loathe the PNP I would be more inclined to sup­port the PNP if the Labour par­ty sides with those who sides against the police.

I stand with decent law-abid­ing cops , my sup­port is with the rule of law, that com­mit­ment is unwa­ver­ing and unequiv­o­cal.