The JCF and Accountability: A Policeman Speaks Out; and Three Opportunities For Change


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Listen to Nationwide News Network’s special report “Hidden Culture”. It is narrated by Nationwide’s Marjorie Gordon and centres on an interview with a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). It is a chilling account of the ways in which extrajudicial killings are carried out and…

Nuh Bodda Drive and Kill Unnuself Over Di Easter Enuh!


It’s Good Friday, and someone posted on Twitter: Nuh bodda drive and kill unuself over d Easter enuh, guidance* This is really the essence of the National Road Safety Council’s holiday press release, fearing an increase in road accidents over the four-day holiday. The NRSC sent out an appeal yesterday. This reminds me of an … More Nuh Bodda Drive and Kill Unnuself Over Di Easter Enuh!

INDECOM Act Must be Reformed as Soon as Possible, Says Jamaicans for Justice


Is the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which investigates police abuses, now in a kind of legal limbo? I had clearly not been paying attention, but a Court of Appeal ruling last week caught me by surprise. INDECOM’s Statement “accepted in part” the Appeal Court ruling (a split decision), and I am not sure whether they will … More INDECOM Act Must be Reformed as Soon as Possible, Says Jamaicans for Justice

Jamaica Fire Brigade Better Equipped to Investigate Wildland Fires


Wildfires (“bush fires”) are frightening. As I noted in my recent post on air pollution, open fires contribute greatly to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution; many of us are literally gasping for breath.  And fires are incredibly destructive. As I also noted, Jamaicans in both rural and urban areas tend to be very careless … More Jamaica Fire Brigade Better Equipped to Investigate Wildland Fires

Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018


The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018