The Ashanti Schultz debacle
I am dismayed at the way the murder trial of Ashanti Schultz called ‘Blondie’ concluded.
I have followed this case from its inception and I had always had a sneaking suspicion that this was a possible outcome although not for the reasons it was finally thrown out.
I have to make it known that I am a former member of the police department, so I am not a wholly unbiased party.
From the commencement of the trial one could observe that there were certain forces aligned against the police and they compounded that by doing a real shoddy job of both investigating and testifying in this case.
It would seem to me that a special investigator needs to be brought in to get to the bottom of what really happened in this case.
I am familiar with some of the investigating ranks in this case and it is hard for me to fathom that they would go before a court of law and lead the type of evidence that they did which leads me to conclude that something happened.
What that something is the Guyanese public at home and abroad need to know and if anyone is found to be culpable of willfully misrepresenting evidence to facilitate a certain outcome in the case they should be made to pay the piper.
It is an embarrassment of no mean order to have to as an ex member of this once proud organisation sit and watch this institution brought to it’s knees by a group of people who are either plain corrupt or just apathetic.
Either way they ought not to be members of the Guyana Police Force. An old senior officer once told me when I was a young detective that “justice must not only be done it should also appear to have been done”. I submit that in this case neither is appropriate.
A human being was gunned down and lost his life because of people who had no respect for themselves and therefore none for anyone else and this is the end result.
What a shame. To those people who know that their actions led to this outcome I say look at yourself in the mirror and ask the question why.
If you have children how do you tell them to do the right thing when you are no better an example.
I am comforted in the fact that most people who think they are above the law usually end up in jail at some point and time, there are numerous examples of these Teflon coated folks – John Gotti, Nicky Barnes, just to name a few. Enough said.
Richard A. Dickson