Terrence Williams Acted On Powers He Knew He Did Not Have/​he Should Be Disbarred

Even with the ben­e­fit of hind­sight the JLP Government & Delroy Chuck, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the oppo­si­tion PNP, has made it clear that they are dead set on a path to fur­ther place the Jamaican pub­lic at fur­ther risk.
The Island’s jus­tice min­is­ter Delroy Chuck seems hell-bent on pro­tect­ing crim­i­nals to the per­il of the wider law-abid­ing pop­u­la­tion.


After two smack­downs, one by the Jamaica Court of Appeals and final­ly by the British Privy Council, INDECOM’s agen­da seems to be front and cen­ter on Chuck’s to-do list, rather than the pro­tec­tion of the Jamaican pub­lic from the maraud­ing killers that con­tin­ue to ter­ror­ize the nation.
The pow­er-hun­gry com­mis­sion­er of INDECOM has indi­cat­ed that he intends to step aside in July of 2020, he is on his sec­ond term and has indi­cat­ed that he does not intend to seek a third.
Terrence Williams did not decide to step aside because he want­ed to, his entire tenure at the helm of INDECOM has been ded­i­cat­ed to har­vest­ing more and more pow­er for him­self, which he clear­ly intend­ed to use in a cat­a­stroph­ic way against mem­bers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force(JCF).

As a con­se­quence, Terrence Williams will be remem­bered as a foot­note in a dystopi­an saga of fail­ure. His tenure has been char­ac­ter­ized by law­suits, squab­bles, fights, and press brief­in­gs, with hard­ly any­thing sub­stan­tive, gained despite the mam­moth waste of tax­pay­ers and dark over­seas mon­ey wast­ed to stoke Williams’ frag­ile Napoleonic ego.
Despite two dev­as­tat­ing back-to-back loss­es and his sub­se­quent deci­sion to step aside, Terrence Williams revived the idea that the Parliament intend­ed to bestow upon INDECOM the pow­er to arrest.
For its part, the Police Federation has mount­ed a spir­it­ed push­back to Williams. It argues, Williams, and by exten­sion INDECOM, knew that nei­ther he nor INDECOM had the pow­er to arrest, even before the agency went to the court of appeals with its motion, much less to the Privy Council for a final redress, in a peti­tion to val­i­date a pow­er it already knew nei­ther Terrence Williams nor INDECOM had.

The Federation’s argu­ments fur­ther exposed Terrence Williams to be a sneaky lit­tle snake who would rather fight futile bat­tles to give him­self more pow­er with tax­pay­er’s funds, than actu­al­ly do the job he is being paid to do.
INDECOM has been an abject fail­ure under Terrence Williams. His antag­o­nis­tic and liti­gious approach has result­ed in few­er real inves­ti­ga­tions and con­vic­tions of errant and crim­i­nal cops, than any oth­er body ever assigned that task.
His approach has cre­at­ed a mas­sive increase in crim­i­nal activ­i­ty and dis­re­spect for the rule of law. The crim­i­nal under­world sees an ally in INDECOM.
Attacks on police offi­cers have become more com­mon­place and more aggres­sive. As a con­se­quence, the police have become more ten­ta­tive, and many have even giv­en up on enforc­ing the laws. INDECOM’s mis­guid­ed inves­ti­ga­tions have ruined more and more police offi­cers finan­cial­ly and oth­er­wise.

In the mean­time, the Andrew Holness led Government has done noth­ing to rein in the agency and allow the police to do their jobs.
As vio­lent crime con­tin­ues to increase the police find it hard­er and hard­er to deal with law­less and bel­liger­ent pock­ets of peo­ple who are deter­mined that the laws do not apply to them.
There are sev­er­al rea­sons that the police do not pros­e­cute the peo­ple it inves­ti­gates & arrests. There are equal­ly as many rea­sons that the Office of Director Of Public Prosecutions does not inves­ti­gate and arrest the peo­ple it pros­e­cutes.
It is vital­ly impor­tant for the admin­is­tra­tion of jus­tice that crim­i­nal con­duct is inves­ti­gat­ed with the great­est of integri­ty. For that rea­son alone, it is impor­tant also that the pow­ers to inves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute are left the way they are.

With all of the cas­es that INDECOM has inves­ti­gat­ed which it has lost in the courts. And with all of the alle­ga­tions of impro­pri­ety in the inves­tiga­tive process­es, a‑la coer­cions & induce­ments. Imagine what would have hap­pened to those defen­dants if INDECOM was allowed to inves­ti­gate, arrest, and pros­e­cute those cas­es?
INDECOM has already done tremen­dous dam­age, leav­ing in its wake a litany of cas­es in which it made arrests, based on pow­ers it [know­ing­ly] did not have. That kind of duplic­i­ty should be pros­e­cut­ed with Williams struck off the roll of lawyers allowed to prac­tice in Jamaica.


Delroy Cuck is about to bring this issue back before the par­lia­ment, Chuck has repeat­ed­ly stat­ed that he want­ed to give INDECOM the pow­er to arrest and pros­e­cute. He lat­er recant­ed that posi­tion stat­ing that his views have changed.
With the ben­e­fit of hind­sight, there should be zero tol­er­ance for giv­ing INDECOM pow­ers to arrest much less the pow­er to pros­e­cute.
What the Parliament should be focused on his expand­ing the office of the DDP to han­dle the greater crush of cas­es to be pros­e­cut­ed and build­ing big­ger and bet­ter cour­t­hous­es and hir­ing more staff to han­dle them.
With the incom­pe­tence of the peo­ple in the par­lia­ment and the atti­tude of the Government and Opposition, no one should expect that there will be many lessons learned from this débâ­cle.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, busi­ness­man, researcher, and blog­ger. 
He is a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog chatt​-​a​-box​.com. 
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