Despite the efforts of the Commissioner of the Police to satisfy both Adams fans and human rights groups, the poor Commissioner was still forced to dodge bricks and bile as Senior Superintendent Reneto Adams went back to work on Monday.
Adams will have a desk job gathering intelligence and will report directly to Commissioner Lucius Thomas. He has NOT been sidelined. He IS under manners. Short of sending him to Iraq, I think the Commissioner’s decision is the right one, and the Commissioner has shown once again that he is far smarter and far more open to advice than anyone is giving him credit for.
Adams will not have the chance to shoot people down on the street or in their homes. He will have a chance to use his experience and skills (whatever those may be).
Meanwhile the U.S. and Canadian governments have shown exactly what they think of the Jamaican justice system by withdrawing, forthwith, the U.S. visas of all those policemen NOT convicted in the murders of 4 people at Crawle/Kraal in Clarendon. And Mrs. Reneto Adams has been advised that she is NOT welcome in Canada and her visa has been revoked……. Wonder what would happen if any of these not-convicted-at-Crawle policemen try to visit the United Kingdom, home of DCP Mark Shields and his colleagues from Scotland Yard…….
Cat among the pigeons section
Following in the footsteps of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (which stunned the chattering classes by giving unqualified support to Justice Sykes decision to halt construction on the Bahia Principe hotel at Pear Tree Bottom), Douglas Orane of Grace Kennedy has blamed the falloff in earnings at Grace’s Hardware and Lumber subsidiary on the police locking up all the drug dealers !!!
According to Orane, construction is one of the main methods of money laundering in Jamaica. Apparently, newly rich drug barons fling up palaces, shopping centres and townhouse developments as a means of washing their ill-gotten gains. And while doing so they also contribute to the profit margins of hardware dealers, block makers, cement distributors etc.
This may be news to you, if you are one of the two or three Jamaicans that have been puzzled by the presence of huge mansions in such local metropolises as Back-a-bush, Clarendon or in Behind-Cow, Trelawny….Yes, gentle reader, these big houses were built with dirty, dirty money and often with hardware from Grace Kennedy !!
While Douglas Orane’s candor can only be described as admirable, listen for the “shocked-I’m-shocked-I’m-very-very-shocked” response from :
(1) other hardware dealers
(2) people who have just constructed palaces, shopping centres or townhouses
(3) the lawyers representing the above….