Holness Has No Standing To Tell Cops Not To Kill Anyone..Zones Law Cynical Attempt To Place Blame On Police…

At the risk of adding cred­i­bil­i­ty to the PNP or Peter Phillips the Party’s leader on the issue of crime, I too would like to know what is the delay in imple­ment­ing the first install­ment of the Government’s much-hyped zones of spe­cial oper­a­tions.

Though cha­grined that Phillips and his par­ty would be crit­i­cal of the oth­er par­ty’s response to crime his com­ments are in no way less true, just hyp­o­crit­i­cal com­ing from him.

It sign now almost one month if you want to mea­sure it in time; but if you want to mea­sure it in lives, is almost a 100 lives or more and noth­ing done. This would sug­gest that the whole pas­sage of the law and the urgency and every­thing was just a face card,” the oppo­si­tion leader contended.(jamaicaobserver.com).

Neither Phillips nor his cohorts in the PNP have cred­i­bil­i­ty on this issue. The PNP has been in gov­ern­ment for much of the time that crime began its steady climb to its cur­rent state.
In that time the very same peo­ple includ­ing Peter Phillips, Portia Simpson Miller, Omar Davies, and the oth­er deplorables have had the option of (a) insti­tut­ing mech­a­nisms to elim­i­nate the crime scourge from the Island, (b) do noth­ing or © aid the growth of crime.
The par­ty chose © to aid the growth of crime.

Opposition leader Peter Phillips

It is in that vein that Peter Phillips’ assess­ment must be viewed, as pure­ly hyp­o­crit­i­cal and self-serv­ing.
Having said that the ques­tion still remains.
What’s hold­ing up the imple­men­ta­tion of the first zone of spe­cial oper­a­tions the Government has hyped, will begin reduc­ing seri­ous crimes?

Peter Phillips’ com­ment that the Special Zones law is a face card is not too far removed from my own com­ments regard­ing this law.
On the 20th of July, I said that the spe­cial zones law was a sick joke and I was­n’t laugh­ing.


It does not require much think­ing to fig­ure out that if a spe­cif­ic area is flood­ed with law enforce­ment pro­fes­sion­als crime will trend down in that area.
It’s not only cyn­i­cal but insult­ing for the Prime Minister and oth­ers who sup­port this far­ci­cal law to con­tend that it will low­er crime in any mean­ing­ful way.
Will it low­er crime wher­ev­er there is a large con­tin­gent of cops and sol­diers for a while?
That would be a rel­a­tive­ly safe bet.

Will crime go up some­place else on the Island?
That would be a safe bet yes as well.
After the secu­ri­ty forces were final­ly allowed by the gov­ern­ment to go into Tivoli Gardens and return some sem­blance of the rule of law to that set-aside com­mu­ni­ty, crim­i­nals fled to oth­er parts of the coun­try with their guns.

The rise in seri­ous crimes in once peace­ful parish­es like Hanover, Trelawny, and Portland did not hap­pen in a vac­u­um.
For its part, the police have stri­dent­ly main­tained that the ram­pant shed­ding of blood may be laid at the feet of lot­to-scam­mers.
Much of that is true but many of those who are doing the killings are trans­plants from Tivoli Gardens and oth­er parts of West Kingston, hav­ing fled the onslaught of the secu­ri­ty forces in 2010 and estab­lished con­nec­tions in those parish­es.

I can hope that the admin­is­tra­tion in Jamaica house is com­ing to its sens­es, rec­og­niz­ing that what it has pro­posed will be as effec­tive as pour­ing water into a bas­ket.
But that would be stu­pid of me, when was the last time a Jamaican politi­cian sought to cor­rect a wrong or con­cede that maybe a plan they set in motion is a bad plan?

PM Andrew Holness

Here are some sim­ple rea­sons this idea can­not work in the long run.
The police force is gross­ly under­staffed and get­ting worse by the day​.It is under equipped. Added to that offi­cers are over­worked, under­paid, and unsup­port­ed by Government in lit­er­al­ly every cat­e­go­ry in which they need to be sup­port­ed.

Pulling what­ev­er amount of cops from wher­ev­er they are sta­tioned to plug a so called spe­cial zone will dis­rupt oper­a­tional readi­ness and capa­bil­i­ty in the places from which they are pulled.

With heav­i­ly armed crim­i­nals emi­grat­ing from those spe­cial zones to oth­er areas, police in those areas in which they decide to set up shop will come under increased pres­sure to keep a lid on crim­i­nal activ­i­ties in the areas these migrat­ing crim­i­nals decide to set up shop.

It’s like plug­ging a hole in a weak levy, anoth­er breach will sim­ply pop up in the next weak­est area.
Of all the cyn­i­cal self-serv­ing things Jamaican politi­cians have done this has got to rate at the very top of the list.
Hatching a plan to place police offi­cers and mem­bers of the mil­i­tary into tough law­less inner city com­mu­ni­ties and then open­ly lec­ture them not to kill any­one has got to be the most dis­gust­ing­ly brazen attempt a politi­cian can make at set­ting up the police to fail while avoid­ing blame when trou­ble comes.

There is no per­son who can law­ful­ly tell a police offi­cer act­ing in the law­ful exe­cu­tion of his duties that he should not kill any­one.
Good police offi­cers do not go out intend­ing to harm any­one. They go out plac­ing their lives on the line to pro­tect oth­ers they do not know.
It is for that rea­son that police offi­cers are giv­en the right to use com­men­su­rate lethal force in pro­tect­ing their own lives and that of oth­ers when they are act­ing in enforc­ing our laws.

Andrew Holness has no legal stand­ing to tell offi­cers that they should not kill any­one.
He is out of order, pre­sump­tu­ous and down­right out of his league in mak­ing those admon­ish­ments.

The Prime min­is­ter’s admon­ish­ment is a cow­ard­ly attempt to place respon­si­bil­i­ty on the police in the event that they have to use lethal force, a clear sure­ty, in those law­less com­mu­ni­ties in which they will be thrust.
It is a trans­par­ent attempt to make nice with the litany of anti-police agen­cies with­in the gov­ern­ment itself and the crim­i­nal rights groups which have tak­en up res­i­dence on the Island.

Peter Phillips thinks the spe­cial zones law is a “face card”, I don’t know what his moti­va­tion is for mak­ing that claim.
What I do know hav­ing laid out specifics is that it is a far­ci­cal attempt to blow smoke up the Jamaican peo­ple’s col­lec­tive ass while pla­cat­ing crim­i­nal rights lob­by groups.