This is the question on the lips of many today and there are good reasons for this question.
Commissioner Owen Ellington is considered by many, inculding myself to the Jamaica’s best ever commissioner of police hands down. He has brought a level of professionalism to the force, which we have not witnessed for years. There is a greater level of accountablity, he has taken a hard line on corrupt cops and he has won the hearts of many Jamaicans in his crime fighting efforts. Jamaicans had become more accepting of the police and were opening up and providing very good intelligence to the police, much to the credit of the commissioner.
This is part of the reason why Jamaicans are so concerned about what appears to be a growing level of disorganization and gross indiscipline, which appears to be on display once again in the police force. Monday’s events along with one in Mobay and before that in Clarendon have many Jamaicans hopping mad, because this has not been the modus operandi for a while and the cops were making steady progress in fighting crime, so what has gone so horribly wrong.
Owen Ellington is a smart guy, one who is not only a strategic thinker, he also has very good tactical skills, which has been on display for sometime now, until recently. It befuddles me that given Mr Ellington record, he would have organized an assault in West Kingston, when Jamaica had a huge contingent of foreign journalist for the visit of the Prince.
Mr Ellington would have been well aware than any assault of this nature in West Kingston would have a predicitable outcome and one that we would rather not have the international media blow up on their respective network. We are capable of doing enough damage, we do not need to have the international press who were here for the state visit giving us the kind of negative coverage, which we know they are capable of.
So given Mr Ellington thought process and his methodological approach to crime fighting, the recent event in particular the one on West Kington does not appear to have his signature written all over it, despite his recent comments on IMPACT, where he said this operation was ” pre-planned”.
So who was or should I ask who were the persons that planned this assault?
The answer should be interesting, if we ever get one.
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