Editorials

Ease the tension

THE NEW TODAY is not surprised at the spillover that is taking place right now following the incident at Boca on Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning in which a known ‘troublemaker’, Kimon Charles was killed.

It is not the intention of this newspaper to lay blame on anyone for the killing but to allow the law to take its rightful course.

However, we are more concerned with this growing state of lawlessness in the country that has been going unchecked for many years.

In recent months, THE NEW TODAY has often stated that Grenada is now a lawless state and pointed to a number of instances as clear evidence of this growing phenomenon.

Both the Prime Minister of the country and the police are now being openly threatened with acts of violence in an apparent attempt at retaliation for the Boca killing.

There is no evidence produced by anyone in the public at this point in time that Charles was taken down by a police bullet.

The truth is that the politicians have contributed to the growing decadence in our society.

It cannot be disputed that several politicians should take a lot of blame for going into “bed” with these elements in the Underworld of Drug Dealing to get their support and vote for general elections that are held every five years on the island.

It is the same politicians who give these people cash money every five years to cook on the side of the road as part of their electioneering strategies and tactics.

The same politicians take large sums of cash money from the more affluent dons in the country for electioneering purposes.

THE NEW TODAY has picked up information that the victim in the Boca shooting is a law onto himself and is often seen on “4-Roads” in the city buying drugs and using it in the open.

It is also well known that the same “4-Roads” is one of the garrison areas under the control of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for the Town of St. George, The Honourable Peter David.

There are credible reports that during the 2018 election campaign that a known activist of the Minister went into 4-Roads and distributed “a wash” of money like we say “to the boys on the blocks”.

It is our understanding that this money was for the “cooking” of food by “the boys” and for support on the day of the election.

There is no evidence that the money came directly from the pocket of the MP for the Town but it was being handed out by one of his known activist.

The Police are fully aware of all the unlawful acts taking place in that particular garrison and other areas within close proximity and never seem to be able to catch the culprits and confiscate the drugs that are peddled in these areas.

THE NEW TODAY would like to suggest to our police officers that they need to be extremely careful in this period of the State of Emergency and especially the manner in which they carry out their functions in the attempt to maintain law and order.

There are many persons on the island who live on a daily basis from hand-to-mouth and depend on getting a meal from someone else who use them to run errands from time to time throughout the day.

These are the real vulnerable people in the society and leave their homes each and every day of the week to make a living. The police should be mindful of the saying that a hungry man is an angry man and might have a family to feed.

This newspaper applauds and gives full support to the statement made by Acting Commissioner of Police, Edvin Martin of the need for his officers in exercising the full force of the law in the current State of Emergency to use discretion at all times in certain instances.

The police should be mindful of a situation in which a Farmer is living in Point A and has to go 500 metres away to his land but still want him to walk two miles away to the nearest police station to get permission to go to his land and then walk back another two miles with this permission document to enter his own lands.

THE NEW TODAY would expect police officers stationed in a particular location to know the people and their various professions in their local community.

This is an appropriate situation in which a police officer should be able to use a personal discretion since he is not dealing with a suspected thief but a real farmer.

This is no time for insensitive police officers to abuse the powers granted to the Security Forces in a State of Emergency.

Unfortunately, the Boca killing has resulted in a charged atmosphere in the country and no attempt should be made to escalate it in this State of Emergency but to help ease the tension.

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