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Opposition Wants Urgent Meeting with Police Commissioner Regarding Crime Situation

Featured Opposition spokesman on national security, MP Fitz Jackson Opposition spokesman on national security, MP Fitz Jackson
KINGSTON, Jamaica. May 27, 2019 -  The People's National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Mr Fitz Jackson, says urgent and effective steps must be taken immediately to stem the deteriorating law and order situation, which is threatening peaceful existence in several communities and causing fear and panic among a wide cross-section of Jamaicans in every parish.

In a statement today, In light of the current flare-up of violence and brazen display of criminality in May Pen over the weekend, Mr Jackson announced that the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, will be seeking a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson to discuss the present situation and to be appraised of Commissioner’s plans to reassure and protect the nation, especially in the light of the May Pen attack.

Mr Jackson also announced that Dr. Phillips and himself will be traveling to May Pen to visit Sergeant David Craddock, who remains in hospital nursing gunshot wounds.

He said Dr. Phillips earlier today spoke with the mother of Constable Chase Carnegie to express his sympathy and best wishes to the Constable who has been released from hospital.

In a statement today, the PNP Shadow Minister said this assault on law and order by large gangs of highly trained and armed criminal gunmen was highlighted yesterday in May Pen, Clarendon, where five masked men armed with M16 rifles and other high-powered weaponry created mayhem in the township in broad daylight.

Mr Jackson said this had become a pattern of Sunday morning attacks, with similar recent events in St. Elizabeth, St. Mary and St James.

He said there have been other significant flare-up in crime and violence and murders in other parishes, including Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Ann.

Mr Jackson said despite the presence of the State of Emergency (SoE) in the three Western parishes, including St James, hardened and apparently well-trained criminals have continued their murderous rampage, carrying out daylight robberies against legitimate businesses with impunity.

He said the shock and awe effect of the SoE has waned and again proves that it only serves as a band-aid to the wanton brutality that has been unleashed on communities across the island.

“Those in the government and elsewhere who believe that a declaration of a State of Emergency is a medium or long term fix for crime, need to face the reality that without a national crime plan that effectively focuses on investigations and arrests, there will be no end in sight for this level of criminality,” Mr Jackson.

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