Aug 04, 2021 Letters
Kaieteur News – The videos now playing on social media for the world to see how tourists and foreigners are being attacked and robbed on the streets of Georgetown brings nothing but shame upon this nation.
People standing around watching, too afraid for their own safety to intervene while these thugs rob and pillage, without fear or concern. It is clear to see how low we’ve fallen as a nation. Crime is now out of control.
Am I surprised we’ve come to this? Not at all. I have shared my observations in the recent past in KN about crime and punishment in Guyana or rather crime and a lack of punishment and consequences.
Our judges and magistrates have never been made to explain their reasons for the paltry fines and jail sentences handed out to gun-toting bandits and criminals brought before them in the Courts of Law.
What is most appalling is that the bandits and criminals are shown more empathy than the victims by our officials who are supposed to ensure justice is served for crimes perpetrated against humanity.
How on earth is a robber using a gun, knife or machete to perpetrate robbery and assault, allowed bail? These criminals are supposed to be kept off the streets and not let back out on the street to continue their criminal activities, but that is not happening. Our judges and magistrates are blind and deaf to the crimes being perpetrated on the public. They are singlehandedly responsible for aiding and abetting crime.
Minister of Public Safety, Chief of Police, Magistrates and Judges; please tell us when will this nightmare end? There are many among us who bury their heads in the sand and come up with excuses like “there is crime in every country.” I have news for you. Guyana is one of the most crime-infested nations on this earth and it is shameful. Where are the police officers who should be working undercover, in plainclothes seeking out the perpetrators, and apprehending them in the act? It seems to me that in broad daylight in the middle of Georgetown, not a single officer of the law is to be found anywhere near where a crime is taking place! Who is in charge and what are they doing? Whatever they are doing is not enough and none too swiftly. Get the lethargy out! Start doing your jobs! You are paid to uphold the law and protect the public! If you are unable to do so, then stop calling yourselves policemen!
Editor, just like Glenn Lall calling on our politicians to ensure a fair and equitable deal for our oil, we need our news media and citizens across this nation to hold our politicians and law enforcement accountable for the poor job they are doing in crime prevention. Our police, judges and magistrates have to be held accountable. Enough is enough.
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