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Friday, December 13, 2013
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Police credibility on the line
The objective observer cannot help but conclude that the police service is operating without “intelligence” on criminal activity. Raids are carried out when there is a crisis and public opinion agitates politicians to do something, and in turn, government ministers exert pressure on the police to make as if they are proactive about the killings and the actions of criminals who act as if they own town and country.
Then summary arrests of large numbers of people are paraded before the national community. That is followed by a lot of tough talk by senior officers. However, a couple days after the random rounding-up of people with known criminal careers, the police have no choice but to release them.
The reason given is a simple one: they are unable to charge any for the immediate crimes, they have not been able to confiscate arms and ammunition; the drugs—said to be the lifeblood of gang warfare and fight for turf—remain wherever they are stashed. Most of the population gets very little relief from this exercise. From all that has been seen to date, the criminals continue to be ahead of the game.
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