February 10, 2021 | Hopeton O’Connor Dennie |
51 Year Old Harry “Dog” Mcleod Killed
Voice Note Threat,
As if Jamaica has not enough on its plate nationally, they have now awoken to the news that “Harry Dog” reputed ex- lieutenant of convicted drug kingpin Dudus Christopher Coke. The blood letting is showing no signs of abating. So far for 2021 we have slaughtered 119 persons. A 2.6 percent year to date rise over 2020.
There is approximately a 50 percent drop in break-ins and rape. It is the gun crimes that seem to be the big headache. What to do? We need to stem the flow of guns into the island. One person overseas was convicted for ons of the finds in Jamaica.
Two Gun Finds
In a period of about 20 days in 2021 so far the police has seized over 15 assorted guns, some high powered in Freeport Warf, St. James 19 guns in one find. One most significant find dates back to 2017. There has been a pattern over a number of years with gun finds locally. A recent conviction for one of those finds in the USA was reported. Transnational gun Runnings is an ongoing activity which could be likened to a gun epidemic.
It is a known fact that puss and dog don’t always enjoy the best social relationships. We are not sure if this is such a case. What we do know is that a bullet that did but dog. Why we may never know. What seems not to be undisputed is some other dog wanted him dead. They have had their way drive by style. Others may have been shot. Deaths, if any are not known.
There is a voice note in circulation threatening reprisal. Is this just scare mongering or should it be taken seriously? We are all confused.
Comish Major General Antony Anderson has poured scorn on the threat.
We need less gun violence and an end to all the blood letting. Enough is enough. We need to learn to settle our disputes amicably.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
Will leave us all looking so cute
And possibly like a brute
Let us opt for a solution less rustic
Like restorative justice
Such is less unkind
And indeed more refined
We hope the bloodletting will end now. This is all too crazy.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a veteran journalist who has International exposure. He likes to write on justice issues