'Hang dem' — Clarendon residents call for strict punishment for murderers
Residents in some sections of Clarendon are asking the authorities to consider the resumption of hanging convicted murderers to curtail crime and violence islandwide.
They also expressed anger at lobby groups and human rights activists who they argue are shielding criminals and giving them power.
Our news team visited the Rocky Point district yesterday and a woman told THE WEEKEND STAR that only hanging can stop crime.
"Dem need fi bring back hanging. A bet you when them hang the first two crime stop," she said.
The Independent Commission of Investigations was also criticised, as the residents said it was hampering the police from getting rid of murderers.
"Them lock up the policeman weh kill the youth weh kill the police. Dem pressure the police weh hard on the known criminals dem. We need back Chuckie Brown. The criminals dem fear him", the woman said, referring to Collis Brown, a popular crime fighter in the parish.
A May Pen resident said hanging should be reviewed as it would help Jamaica's crime wave.
"The gunman dem feel dem can do things and get away with it. That is why killing can't stop. Hanging need fi start back. Dem fi hang dem", she told THE WEEKEND STAR.
The resident also made reference to the United States, where the death sentence is the ultimate penalty for two charges against the man who fatally shot several people at the Fort Lauderdale airport last week.
Other Rocky Point residents say crime has changed the community and with gangs in the area, things have been tense.
"Fisherman used to come out three, four o'clock a morning fi go a sea. Nobody nah come out again. Church usually keep a night time. Nobody nah come out fi go a church again. The other night about eight shot mi hear and den round so answer back. All yuh hear a 'clap clap clap'," an elderly man said.
Though he acknowledged that nobody is dying, he said he would like to see the community brought back to better days where there was no threat of violence.
Some vendors, especially the ones by the fishing village, said crime and violence had no impact on their livelihood, but they want to make crime and violence non-existent.
"People want dem fish so dem a come down here for it. The ones who are committing crime are not really from here. Some run away, some dead off, and others deh a jail so things are coming back to normal. The area is better now than before there was a breakout of violence," one vendor told THE WEEKEND STAR.