Al Jarzeera: Island of Music and Murder: Police Abuses Caught on Tape and other suspected Extra Judicial Killings Normally Hidden From the Evening News.
How many Jamaicans are killed by the police every year ?
This video is about 25 minutes long- an interesting 25 minutes. It is about extra judicial killings by the police in Jamaica. The first part looks at the murder of Mr. Robert Hill AKA “Kid Kentucky” just last year by the police. Hidden camera in his home depicts abuses he suffered at the hands of the police.
The video was featured on Al Jazeera’s English Network and chronicles the story of Mr. Hill’s unfortunate accident with a police car and follows the well documented story line familiar to most Jamaicans.
Although we are all familiar with the story line told a million times we could repeat it in our sleep, It is good to see it being told in such an intriguing way, so intimate a carefully documented. Credit not just to Al Jazeera but to Mr Hill who appeared on the evening news the night of the accident, installed cameras in his home after previously being visited by the abusive officers who wanted him to drop his quest for justice and pictures of beatings administerd to the man’s wife who was 8 months pregnant at the time. There is also the now infamous Youtube video he made predicting, warning, pleaing for help because of the gross injustice he faced.
The rest of the video reports the all too familiar police kill man, claims it was a shoot out, nothing of the sort, or maybe-I don’t know. The various actors including members of the peace initiative, yutes and yutes and controversial former police Sup Mr. Rento Adams made appearances.
The lines between who the good guys are and who the bad guys are is so blurry we don’t know what or who to believe- this is what chaos feels like.
I think it is fair to say and hope that the majority of our police men and women are decent people, these few makes not just the Jamaica Constabulary look bad but a whole nation of Jamaicans look bad.
After watching and reading about the numerous murders and shootings this pass week, seeing this video and just entire state of Jamaica economically and, socially one can not help but truly lose all faith because it seem like Jamaica can never win where it matters most.
I am convinced we are already passing the tipping point and have seen the worst because it can not get any worst than this.
Al Jazeera :Island of Music & Murder
“With a population of less than three million people, police kill hundreds of people every year in what they claim are crime-related shootouts, making Jamaica’s police force among the deadliest in the world.”
Jamaica Observer Editorial (April 29, 2010) : Make us believe and Bruce
“The obvious area of greatest urgency is the need to get on top of the crime situation. But everyone knows that. Except the Government, which appears impotent as the dead bodies mount.”