No One Has Done More To Dismantle The Rule Of Law Than They…

Years ago I warned that our con­tin­ued affin­i­ty for fol­low­ing blind­ly behind, and accept­ing the nar­ra­tive of any­one with pale skin would prob­a­bly lead to our undo­ing as a nation.
Sadly, despite the fact that slav­ery was abol­ished in 1834, and Jamaica gained its Independence (of sorts) in 1962, Many Black Jamaicans to this day, seem to be stuck believ­ing that white peo­ple are supe­ri­or to them­selves.
This sense of dark-skinned infe­ri­or­i­ty, and feal­ty to Caucasians, is also extend­ed to Mullatos and pret­ty much any­one, not Black.
Most of you can relate to this, what I call the (big­ger-heads )syn­drome.
The unfor­tu­nate truth is that like in Blacks in oth­er parts of the world, some Jamaican Black peo­ple have resigned them­selves to what they have been told about them­selves, (that they are infe­ri­or to oth­er races).
Sure, I know that this kind of talk may be offen­sive to some peo­ple, but some­times these things need to be said. There is no point sweep­ing the garbage under the car­pet and pre­tend that the house is clean.

In the ear­ly, to mid-1990s Jamaica’s mur­der rate was at what I thought at the time was an intol­er­a­bly high lev­el. I had entered the law enforce­ment space in 1982 believ­ing that I could make a dif­fer­ence.
I was not the only one who felt that way, I know for sure guys who had left the teach­ing pro­fes­sion to become police offi­cers, oth­ers had left oth­er jobs includ­ing in the pri­vate sec­tor. I for one had decid­ed on law enforce­ment after they made the Jamaica school of agri­cul­ture defunct. My dream was to pur­sue stud­ies in agri­cul­tur­al sci­ence as a career. That dream was enhanced by my high school teacher Mister Bascoe who thought he saw some­thing in me, and gave me an all-expense-paid trip to the Jamaica school of agri­cul­ture (JSA) sit­u­at­ed on the Twickenham Park cam­pus. This facil­i­ty now hous­es the Police acad­e­my.
As a teenag­er, I was in hogs-heav­en dur­ing that vis­it. However, before I could get into that insti­tu­tion it was made defunct.
I even­tu­al­ly spent the bet­ter part of the year 1982 on the same cam­pus, not as an agri-sci­ence stu­dent, but as a police trainee.

As I said ini­tial­ly, I was aghast at the num­ber of homi­cides being com­mit­ted dur­ing the time I served. In ret­ro­spect, I believe that every ‑law-abid­ing Jamaican would do any­thing to get back to where we were between the years 1982 the year I joined & 1991 when I depart­ed the JCF.
What is evi­dent in the num­bers below is that though the mur­der sta­tis­tics were high­ly intol­er­a­ble and should pro­vid­ed no com­fort to any­one, par­tic­u­lar­ly because the coun­try is so small.
The num­bers were what they were, and so we worked assid­u­ous­ly to make the streets safe for Jamaicans and vis­i­tors alike.
It is impor­tant to rec­on­cile that in the year 1980 dur­ing the blood­i­est nation­al elec­tions in the coun­try’s his­to­ry, 899 were killed, large­ly as a result of polit­i­cal vio­lence.
After the elec­tions of 1980 mur­ders dropped by almost 50% to 490 in 1981, this was under the JLP’s Edward Seagas Government. We do not have accu­rate num­bers for the year 1985.


By the end of 1988, Edward Seaga was gone from office, Michael Manley had been returned to Jamaica House by the short-mem­o­ry elec­torate.
Prime Minister Manley was ail­ing not long after tak­ing office again, and as a result, he was forced to turn over lead­er­ship of the coun­try to his Deputy Percival Patterson by 1992.
What hap­pened in Jamaica after­ward, is up to any­one’s inter­pre­ta­tion, those pay­ing atten­tion can come to their own con­clu­sions.
One thing is cer­tain, it is that Percival Patterson became the only Prime Minister in Jamaica’s his­to­ry to be sworn into office for a fourth term, con­sec­u­tive or oth­er­wise.
The People’s National Party occu­pied Jamaica House for an unprece­dent­ed 1812 years between 1988 and 2007.
The mur­der sta­tis­tics below are reflec­tive of those four terms and beyond.


In the September 2007 gen­er­al elec­tions, Bruce Golding eeked out a mar­gin­al win for the JLP, break­ing the PNP’s stran­gle­hold on Jamaica House. Murders which seemed to have tak­en on an even more omi­nous tra­jec­to­ry in the same year con­tin­ued through 2008 and 2009 before tak­ing a dive in 2010.
The over 200 few­er killings in 2010 than 2009 is attrib­uted to the actions the secu­ri­ty forces took to annex the JLP strong­hold of Tivoli Gardens to the rest of the coun­try.
The south­ward tra­jec­to­ry con­tin­ued even after the JLP was oust­ed from office as a result of Bruce Golding’s han­dling of the Christopher Duddus Coke extra­di­tion request by the United States.
A clos­er look at the num­bers reveals a rather telling sto­ry. In the num­bers is the appear­ance that a cul­tur­al shift occurred.
Something hap­pened dur­ing those 1812 years that unde­ni­ably changed the way Jamaicans viewed the sanc­ti­ty of life, or should I say, for many Jamaicans life was no longer a thing of val­ue.
What I do recall is that the Jamaican peo­ple were told that quote; “any­thing a any­thing, run wid it”.
Out of that wink and nod by the Patterson Administration to crim­i­nals to do as they please, was a resul­tant mas­sive esca­la­tion of killings.
Those were not polit­i­cal killings as had obtained dur­ing the 1980 elec­tion cycle.
Those killings were gang-relat­ed and were large­ly attrib­uted to the crim­i­nal under­world mur­der­ing peo­ple who had refused to bow down to their extor­tion demands.

During this time not a sin­gle detec­tive was trained by the Patterson admin­is­tra­tion for over a full decade. As ram­pant crim­i­nal­i­ty esca­lat­ed, the police became more inef­fec­tive. Patterson who seemed to have hat­ed Detectives issued through his lack­eys in the JCF hier­ar­chy, a decree that all police offi­cers were to be back in uni­form.
By that decree, Percival James Patterson effec­tive­ly gave crim­i­nals carte blanch to do as they please with­out con­se­quence.
The JCF is still reel­ing from the harm done to it and the coun­try as a result of the Patterson gov­ern­ment.
Another sig­nif­i­cant event occurred dur­ing that peri­od. A mass smear cam­paign against the hard-work­ing mem­bers of the JCF who were keep­ing the mur­der­ers on the run was ini­ti­at­ed. It was exe­cut­ed across the board with pre­ci­sion-like mas­tery.
Literally, every police shoot­ing was brand­ed as an extra­ju­di­cial killing in the media.

Horace Levy

It was a mas­ter­ful stroke of genus ini­ti­at­ed by the thugs who ran the innerci­ty com­mu­ni­ties. Those com­mu­ni­ties had become ver­i­ta­ble incu­ba­tors, pro­duc­ing a nev­er-end­ing sup­ply of young men ready for a life of crime.
The media in total feal­ty to the cam­paign of smear, will­ing­ly gave a plat­form to the throngs of man­u­fac­tured mourn­ers who turned out to mourn every police shoot­ing.
Throngs of women gave exact eye-wit­ness account­ing of how those events occurred con­trary to police account­ing of events.
Never mind that many of those shoot­ings occurred in the dead of night, or ear­ly in the morn­ing when they could not have been present and clear­ly were lying.
No one both­ered to check the verac­i­ty of those sto­ries, no one both­ered to take notice that it was the very same faces who claimed to have seen each and every shoot­ing in the respec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

The mur­der­ers who oper­at­ed under the san­i­tized name of (Area Leaders) giv­en them by the media and the self-styled NGOs like the Peace Managemen Unit oper­at­ed by Horace Levy, had all but tak­en over.
The PMI and oth­er groups that had sprung up sup­pos­ed­ly in the fight to pro­tect civ­il rights, were essen­tial­ly run­ning inter­fer­ence for the Gangsters.
When the police des­ig­nat­ed a cer­tain gang as such, Horace Levy refut­ed the police des­ig­na­tion and claimed they were not gangs at all, but [cor­ner crews].
The gross­ly under­staffed, poor­ly paid, unsup­port­ed, poor­ly trained, gross­ly under-equipped police depart­ment was on its own.
The Patterson destruc­tion of the Police depart­ment and the rule of law was com­plete.
Between the slew of for­eign-fund­ed groups like JFJ that had sprung up and the false infor­ma­tion being bandied about, for­eign pub­li­ca­tions like the [Guardian] and oth­ers engaged in a feed­ing fren­zy.
They Blared out insid­i­ous head­lines like “JAMAICAN POLICE FINALLY BEING MADE TO ACCOUNT”.
Tragically for Jamaicans, not a sin­gle one of those enti­ties care about the blood­shed occur­ring today, except to high­light their home coun­try’s trav­el advi­sories to their nation­als wish­ing to trav­el to Jamaica.

Carolyn Gomez

Not only had the gang­sters seized the ini­tia­tive based on the sup­port they were get­ting from all quar­ters, but they also went on the offen­sive by using the pro­ceeds of their ill-got­ten wealth to import more guns and ammu­ni­tion into the coun­try.
Communities were sole­ly run by these over­lords, none more pow­er­ful than Christopher Dudus Coke.
By now Lotto scam­ming and oth­er trans-nation­al crimes, includ­ing human traf­fick­ing( et al) had now found their way into the arse­nal of the Islands crim­i­nals.
Battered bruised and con­fused, mem­bers of the JCF began to look for the exits. The force not only could not keep the peo­ple it had, but it was also unable to replace those who were head­ing for the exits.
In all of the fore­gone, no sin­gle indi­vid­ual had been more impact­ful in chang­ing con­tem­po­rary Jamaica than a mul­la­to pedi­atric doc­tor named Carolyn Gomez.

Gomez cre­at­ed a group she named Jamaicans For Justice, (JFJ). Like the white angel she was, Carolyn Gomez con­vinced her­self that it was her call­ing to ride in and save Jamaicans from the police who were sup­pos­ed­ly killing every­one pre­med­i­tat­ed­ly and extra-judicially.[sic]
It was not hard for Gomes to gain trac­tion, she has pale white skin and she is a doc­tor to boot.
Jamaicans, even some of whom had sent their daugh­ters and sons to risk their lives to keep the coun­try safe, fell hook-line-&-sinker for the smear cam­paign against the police.
That is not to sug­gest by any stretch that the police are with­out bad actors. Like any police depart­ment, the JCF has always had its share of incom­pe­tent and cor­rupt cops.
This real­i­ty was not any­thing close­ly relat­ed to what was being pro­mul­gat­ed in the media. Nevertheless, by then, an expan­sive pha­lanx of anti-police agen­cies had sprung up in the space.
Anti-police dem­a­goguery had now become the nation’s largest growth indus­try, out­side what the crim­i­nal under­world was doing.

Terrence Williams INDECOM

Anti-police dem­a­goguery now had a rec­og­niz­able face, a white face, a face Jamaicans could not for once believe may be wrong, or have ulte­ri­or motives.
Simple con­cepts like (esprit de corps) the spir­it of broth­er­hood, that we were taught we need­ed, each one look out for the oth­er, some­thing crit­i­cal­ly nec­es­sary in police work was slan­dered and demo­nized.
The nation’s polit­i­cal lead­er­ship bought into the defama­tion, so too did the inept police hier­ar­chy. Esprit de corp was now a blue wall of silent crim­i­nal acqui­es­cence. It was gone.
What the Jamaican peo­ple clam­or­ing for Gomez and JFJ nev­er both­ered to find out was where exact­ly was the fund­ing com­ing from?
They did not draw the line when Gomez jet­ted off to Washington DC to the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, with the names of hard-work­ing police com­man­ders whose jobs it was to keep crime under con­trol in tough depressed com­mu­ni­ties like Western Kingston and Saint Andrew Southern.
Those offi­cers were brand­ed as extra­ju­di­cial killers by Gomez and JFJ with­out a sin­gle scin­til­la of evi­dence.
Other bot­tom feed­ers like (FAST), Families Against State Terrorism one of the many human rights groups had joined the fray to pro­tect the Jamaican peo­ple from the extra-judi­cial killers in police uni­forms.
The strug­gling police depart­ment tried to hold down crime even while it was los­ing its mem­bers to the gang­ster’s guns. This same police depart­ment accord­ing to FAST was for all intents and pur­pos­es A ter­ror­ist group.
Merriam’s: def­i­n­i­tion of the word “Terrorism”, the unlaw­ful use of vio­lence and intim­i­da­tion, espe­cial­ly against civil­ians, in the pur­suit of polit­i­cal aims.
The poor police depart­ment that may have been a lot of things was nev­er this.

Percival James Patterson for­mer PM presided over years of cor­rup­tion and failed lead­er­ship

Carolyn Gomez, Horace Levy, and the oth­ers con­tin­ued with the tar­ring and feath­er­ing of the Police Department, too piti­ful to defend itself the depart­ment absorbed the body blows with­out fight­ing back.
The Government did noth­ing to defend the police,
and so the vio­lence pro­duc­ers stepped up their game. By the time Bruce Golding took over the coun­try the police depart­ment was so bat­tered, demor­al­ized and deplet­ed, the dam­age was already done.
Golding was to add the coup de grâce, INDECOM was born.
Today mur­ders are trend­ing dan­ger­ous­ly high, it harkens back to the peri­od in 2002 when mur­ders topped a thou­sand for the very first time.
That peri­od includ­ed the twi­light of Patterson’s régime, through the March 2006 Portia Simpson Miller take over as Prime Minister, through to the Bruce Golding tenure.
What the homi­cide num­bers por­tend is that the endem­ic vio­lent crime has incu­bat­ed, tak­en hold and metas­ta­sized under Percival Patterson.
It con­tin­ued unchecked under Portia Simpson Miller and Bruce Golding’s lead­er­ship and even under Andrew Holness’s trun­cat­ed first tenure as Prime Minister.

On 5 December 2011, Andrew Holness was defeat­ed at the polls by Portia Simpson Miller turn­ing back Holness’s bid to gain his own man­date after suc­ceed­ing Bruce Golding who resigned in dis­grace.
For Portia Simpson Miller it was a polit­i­cal vin­di­ca­tion of sorts, win­ning her own man­date after she was beat­en by Golding dur­ing her trun­cat­ed tenure, hav­ing tak­en over from Patterson.
On 25 February 2016, Andrew Holness would defeat Portia Simpson Miller in nation­al elec­tions called by Miller.
Holness too had been vin­di­cat­ed polit­i­cal­ly, he had won his own man­date.
The unfor­tu­nate fact of the mat­ter is that for­mer Prime Minister Simpson Miller does not deserve cred­it for the south­ward tra­jec­to­ry of vio­lent crime which occurred on her watch.
The sin­gle defin­ing event of the secu­ri­ty forces storm­ing Tivoli Gardens in 2010 caused a dras­tic reduc­tion in mur­ders and oth­er vio­lent crimes.
That event demon­strates how vio­lent crim­i­nals should be han­dled as long as the secu­ri­ty forces are res­olute and are in it for the long haul.
The answer to the nation’s mur­der prob­lem is right there in the 2010 secu­ri­ty forces response to Christopher Coke’s mili­tia.
Violent thugs ran away and scat­tered like the ver­min they are. However, once they real­ized that the Simpson Miller gov­ern­ment was more intent on play­ing pol­i­tics with the issue by set­ting up the Kangaroo Tivoli Inquiry, the dis­persed crim­i­nals who were lay­ing low in rur­al com­mu­ni­ties attached their ten­ta­cle into those com­mu­ni­ties.
Jamaica by then had a nation­wide Gang prob­lem, no one in the Simpson Miller admin­is­tra­tion would do any­thing about it.
It is now the sin­gle largest dri­ver of the nation’s mur­der prob­lem.

Carolyn Gomez would lat­er be exposed for who she tru­ly was, but the dam­age was already done.
Others like Horace Levy,.….……oh, they are still there, like ter­mites eat­ing away at the wood­work of our coun­try’s rule of law.
Yup, the [big­ger heads], the mulat­tos and the uptown crew, they damn sure have made a mock­ery of our coun­try and the peo­ple who placed their trust in them.


Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, busi­ness­man, researcher, and blog­ger. 
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