People must rise up to battle crime
I read that the Attorney General (AG) intends to discuss an amendment to the Anti Gang Bill “to reverse the burden of proof from the prosecution to the suspected gang member” with the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Keith Rowley.
The gentleman’s stated intention tells me that he did not do his homework, as usual. Who did he consult during the drafting stage of this very important piece of legislation before it was taken to the House of Representatives for debate?
If criminals’ unwarranted brutality weren’t so frightening this man’s stated intention would sound preposterous, even laughable.
In this so-called fight against crime —which by the way will never be won since one cannot fight a nameless entity—the AG is actually telling us that no one with any experience in policing, crime detection or criminal prosecution was consulted or capable of bringing this most salient point to the attention of the Government’s legal representative.
Mr Ramlogan is clearly at a loss, just like his UNC-led Government. They never had a crime plan and still don’t have a clue on how to arrest the scourge of gun crimes, drug dealers and ne’er-do-wells ably aided and abetted by the greedy, conscienceless and equally murderous white-collar criminals who keep smiling all the way to their off-shore accounts.
Three years on, and not a dent has been made in detection, charging and prosecution of serious crimes.
Change therefore must come from the people. The bloodshed in East Port of Spain and elsewhere will not diminish until communities and neighbourhoods decide to wrest control of their lives from the hands of the drug dealers, gang lords and other miscreants. The Trinbagonian pastime—talk—is too passive.
Action is required.
You don’t have to live in Goodwood Park, Glencoe, Cascade or other upscale areas to establish a neighbourhood watch! All it takes is a decision, co-ordination and determined, sustained action to effect change.
If that young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, still has the courage to speak out after being shot in the head and other girls have had acid thrown in their faces for daring to go to school against the Taliban’s decree that girls must not be educated, then surely determined adults in beleaguered communities here can stand up for what is right for them.
Perhaps the mothers whose children were victims of heinous crimes should take charge.