Opposition Leader Barrow Disputes Police Commissioner’s Views on Crime and Music

Opposition Leader Barrow Disputes Police Commissioner’s Views on Crime and Music

In his normal fashion, Opposition Leader could not go without mentioning the Police Commissioner and condemning him for his crime fighting strategies.  In a previous news item aired last week, we told you the commissioner’s views on the Trinibad event and how it was the event that sparked the recent crime spike.  Barrow took issue with that view, and injected his perspective on music regardless of the lyrics that incites violence and crime.

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “You have the Commissioner of Police blaming music as the reason for the current state of emergency. It is music now, it is concerts, it is DJ Trinibad. He’s the reason that people are killing people. Please, this is the reason that Chester has to go. You need a mind, you need eyes, you need someone who can look at the crime crisis in our country and come up with another approach, come up with an alternative. Chester Williams is not God. Chester Williams is not the absolute expert on crime fighting. He has had an opportunity and he has failed. And the example of his failure is that he has been reduced to blaming DJs, gaming concert goers. Music brings people together. Music is an opportunity, the arts, the creatives, they give us an opportunity to escape from our harsh realities. And now we’re going to start to police the creativity? We’re going to, again, police the freedom of expression ? That won’t stop anybody from committing crime.”

Barrow furthered his remarks by outlining what he believes are the proper ways to fight crime.  

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “You know what stops people from committing crimes? Strong crime fighting. Accountability. When you go to jail, instead of getting a $10,000 fine, like the city administrator’s daughter who committed manslaughter, and that is only $10,000. So consequences is the greatest deterrent. And in our current structure, there are no consequences. That’s why people, murder is the easiest crime to commit in the Belize. Imagine somebody steal a corned beef and they get two years. I saw on the news a gentleman, a security guard he robbed somewhere. Obviously because times hard. It’s no excuse to commit a crime but people are committing so many acts of desperation. You need to look at those home invasion and robbery and burglary numbers. They claim that they don’t report anything under 5,000 but we need more transparency. But when you look at the direction that we’re going in, you have a multiple-tiered system. A system for the rich and powerful and politically affiliated, and the man that steals a corned beef or the poor person that doesn’t have any of these connections. They go to jail. Somebody went to jail for stealing like a thousand or two thousand dollars worth of goods and he got five years and the judge said he was having mercy on them and reduced it to two years. Yet the city administrator’s daughter killed someone and pleaded guilty and got a ten thousand dollar fine. And this is why this country is headed the way that it is headed.”

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