I have protested in the street, participated in TV programmes and written dozens of letters against extra-judicial killings – because of the questions that exist behind such actions, and the answers that emerge, but above all, because there must be a line that separates the criminal culture and that of an important arm of the law, in this case the Guyana Police Force (GPF).
In the recent case of the seawall fatal shooting, nothing adds to support the Police statement that justifies the execution of these three men, who to the point of their deaths were ‘suspects’ and not ‘bandits’.
The laziness of my colleagues in the media can be a contributing factor to an escalation to the worst-case scenario, and sections of the media did contribute to where we have been before in the 1990’s to the mid 2000’s.
The Police Force under this current APNU-AFC Administration has made progressive leaps away from the criminalisation of the GPF that occurred under the disturbing darkness of the PPP administrations. This incident, however, seems senseless from the Police’s presentation of facts, against what is logically evident.
There are ugly precedents in the past, which this incident can fit into, including ‘Bounty Hunting’ and financed grudge assassinations, among others, though there may be a more simple, but tragic reason. That these men were on the seawall under surveillance, which places them enveloped in the jurisdiction of the Police.
That development did not seem to have occurred; this is a questionable incident that indicates retrogression to the panic treatment of crime, or to some of the elements that led – and were encouraged – towards the criminalisation of sections of the Force, especially under Jagdeo, of horrible custom practices that have been listed, and that should never be allowed to rise again. This incident requires an inquest to determine answers.
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