Chang calls on families to help curb violence
Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, says that Jamaica is depending on families to help curb crime and deviance.
He made the comment after he expressed outrage at the shooting death of four-year-old Cloey Brown in Trelawny.
"We are deeply saddened by Cloey's murder and we strongly condemn the use of children, women and the elderly as collateral for domestic disputes, gang violence and all other forms of crime," he said. "Family is needed to protect one another and not incite vicious crimes such as murder."
Chang also said that with the assistance of Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson "we will see to it that the perpetrators who have been arrested and charged for Cloey's murder, face the full brunt of the law".
According to a police report, Cloey died from a gunshot wound sustained in the abdomen, following an altercation between her father and uncle. In the report, eyewitnesses say the altercation allegedly stems from a sibling rivalry between the two men.
The incident comes after a gruesome discovery in St Mary last week. In that incident, a woman and her daughter were also charged for murder and conspiracy to commit murder of a relative, whose decomposing and dismembered body was found in knitted bags behind the family's yard.
While calling on all families to refrain from using violence to solve domestic disputes, Chang explained that crime is a cycle which stems from learnt behaviour and must first be condemned in the home.
"Growing up they say 'it begins within the home' and this is exactly the kind of cycles we combat every day and the same cycles we endeavour to break, and the kind of cycles families should lash out against," Chang said.