Once again the police high command has demonstrated that it does not command the police force -- in which case the decent thing is to resign or be fired; or that it is incapable of telling the truth when those whom it commands commit terrorist acts against the people -- in which case it should resign, or be fired.
Deputy Police Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, who by the way had a command role in the 2010 Tivoli Gardens massacre, is claiming that he knows nothing about taser guns or stun guns being in the possession of members of the constabulary force, particularly those who were operating in west Kingston on Saturday September 14.
He admits that taser (stun) guns are "cost prohibitive" but yet there are credible allegations that they were in the possession of the police on Saturday 14. Did these policemen spend their own money to purchase these weapons of terror as a contribution to the JCF?
Glenmore Hinds says that it is "improbable" and would be "unusual" but not "impossible" for the police to have been in possession of these weapons which were used to terrorize innocent citizens on Saturday, September 14.
On the face of it Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds has a serious credibility problem. Once made aware of the allegations, the responsible thing was to immediately investigate what happened and to save himself the embarrassment of being exposed as public officer collecting a salary at taxpayers’ expense while being clueless about what is happening under his command. An audit should immediately be conducted in terms of what he does with his time.
But what can we expect, when his immediate boss, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, also has a credibility problem, such as when he congratulated the security forces for a job well done despite having committed crimes against humanity in May 2010?
The police commissioner is so busy reminding the police of 'force orders' he has yet to find time to conduct his own review of the allegations of criminal conduct by the police under his command in May 2010. And it is obvious that his minister of national security is too preoccupied praying for divine intervention to be concerned about such trifles.
There are many persons who can testify to having witnessed or having experienced taser gun attacks on Saturday September 14.
One such person is the 15-year-old son of Kemorene Bennet of Shearer Drive, Tivoli Gardens, who was tasered by police in front of her very eyes. The youth was on his way back home from extra classes when he was accosted by a party of soldiers and police. He was put to lie on the ground, tasered and kicked. He was eventually allowed to run to his mother crying and having urinated on himself. Kemorene, by the way, was pepper sprayed for protesting the treatment being meted out to her son.
There is another case of 16-year-old who received the same treatment. I have heard accounts from a number of other persons about tasering.
The question therefore is: if stun guns have not been issued to the police, which means that it is illegal to use, is it not incumbent on the deputy police commissioner to investigate?
The minister of national security is on record as advocating police use of stun guns. Is he conveniently remaining silent in the hope that things will blow over, or does he owe the country an immediate explanation?
Has he procured stun guns for the police without telling Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds?
And, by the way, what is the real job description for the minster of justice as it relates to justice?
Isn't it time at least for the media to hold them all accountable?