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Sunday, December 22, 2013
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We are a wreck
It is safe to say that we are a wreck. You need not look any further than a story in last week’s newspapers about a boy carried away by a wrecker to understand how wreckers that tow our cars away symbolise so much of what is wrong in this country. Loaded with symbolism, that story, published on October 29, highlights many of the embarrassing problems that destroy our confidence in authority. It symbolises the downright dotishness of ineffective policies, and it showcases how the police service demoralises the population. Is it any wonder people don’t trust, like or respect the police?
If you go back to the article, you will notice that the vendors’ version of the story differs from the police officers’ story. I am going to go with the vendors’ story because it best represents so much of my own interaction with the police. Here’s how the story goes: A police wrecker cruising down Charlotte Street last week hooked an SUV like a fish and proceeded to reel it in in spite of screaming vendors who informed the police that a child was in the car they were towing. Meanwhile, the child was screaming in the back seat.
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