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Dr Phillips should apologise

Monday, September 03, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I thought that both major political parties had decided on ending the practice of politicising crime and violence. I thought that having agreed to the Vale Royal Talks, both parties were really serious about a bipartisan effort in fighting crime and violence.

However, Dr Peter Phillips, the leader of the Opposition and the People's National Party, during a visit to Arnett Gardens after the gruesome murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis, sought to politicise the murder by saying that the police were stretched due to the Zones of Special Operations and the State of Emergency.

But if Dr Phillips had done his research he would have found that just last year — August 6, 2017 — in Trench Town, 17-year-old Mickolle Moulton was shot dead and her 12-year-old sister injured as they lay in their bed.

Their mother had to leave the community due to threats from the residents. That gruesome incident occurred before the Zone of Special Operation was implemented in neighbouring Denham Town. What Dr Phillips should have told the residents is that they should tell the police what they now. Last year I supported their right to protest against people broadbrushing every male in their community has rapists.

Dr Phillips owes the country an apology for trying to politicise a gruesome murder like this. I strongly believe that no matter how much resources the police have, they will not make much headway investigating gruesome crimes like this without information from the public.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann

teddylee.gray@gmail.com

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