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Letter: Jamaica police kill 258 people in 2013 and no one cares
Published on January 16, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

According to statistics released by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), the Jamaican police are responsible for the killing of at least 258 people in 2013.

Almost all of these killings took place under questionable circumstances. The usual story about trigger happy gunmen opening fire on the police and in return meeting certain death.

There is hardly any outcry from any section of Jamaican society -- whether human rights, media, political parties, or even the Public Defender. There is much anguish, however, about the high civilian murder rate. And if one were to analyze the arguments, and the blame being placed on the police for not containing this murder rate, one can only conclude that the police are to be blamed for not killing enough or that they need to kill more. No one has a clue or a solution to the high murder rate other than a police, i.e. paramilitary response.

Consequently, it becomes understandable, the social basis for this police policy, or more accurately, this state policy, of executing those who are deemed responsible, or likely to be responsible, for the high murder rate or just "crime".

The 2010 Tivoli Gardens massacre, for example, the killing over a two-day period of 200 unarmed civilians, who supposedly posed a "threat" to the state, is an extreme but perfectly understandable manifestation of this policy.

No wonder, therefore, that, nearly four years after the massacre, the Jamaican state has made no serious move towards determining responsibility, if any, for what happened.

It is clear, also, that more such one-off massacres are in the works, or at least considered necessary. It is only a matter of finding a way to officially whitewash the inconvenient Tivoli massacre, and to set the wheels of concentrated state terrorism in motion once again.

The question is: How long can this deliberate, criminal policy last?

Lloyd D'Aguilar
Tivoli Committee
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