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Friday, December 06, 2013
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Crime: the infected wounds of society
On Friday, July 19, a risky scene took place in Desperlie Crescent, Laventille, when citizens engaged armed police officers. They were not afraid to shout in the police officers’ faces. Men, women and children scattered when someone fired shots. It is unacceptable that adults would have exposed children to such danger, but then these children live under the gun, so who is to judge.
Since then, there were at least two other reported confrontations. If armed police do not intimidate citizens who publicly attempt to obstruct them from carrying out lawful duties then it is reasonable to conclude that the police presence does not intimidate the criminals. Clearly, the system of law enforcement is over-stressed, leaving citizens as prisoners in their communities, not knowing who will be the next casualty in gang wars for turf, HDC housing, power, control of illicit spoils, and the spoils of state projects.
While the vast majority of police officers are conscientious, committed people, there are unwholesome realities with the tenuous police strategies. The temporary lockdowns, usually after another murder spree, are akin to overuse of antibiotic drugs. After a while, the body becomes immune to the medicine and succumbs to deadly bacteria.
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