Posted: Friday, October 28, 2022. 5:06 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Across the Caribbean region according to the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA), those sworn to uphold the law face increased threats from those acting outside it.
It calls for the death penalty to be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a police officer, and for those countries that still have capital punishment on the books to use it: “They need to be put to the gallows in front of their families and friends. Criminals must understand that their actions have consequences. It must be made unequivocally clear to criminals that when you take the life of an agent of the state, you have given up your right to life when you are found guilty in a court of law.”
At the least, the Federation argues, there should be harsher penalties for these types of attacks, and lawmakers should, if necessary, amend the laws to reflect this.
Earlier this month, the CFPWA released a statement on this increase in attacks on police officers performing their lawful duties. Since then, two more police officers have been killed and an officer’s car firebombed. The CFPWA does not say where these attacks took place, but here in Belize Police Constable Lorray Arzu lost her life after being shot in Dangriga Town two weeks ago after an argument between her companion and the shooter.
The CFPWA condemns these killings and what it calls the “normalization” of attacks on police, which it says should be viewed as attacks on the state – that more people defend those committing crimes than trying to solve and prevent it, often at risk to themselves and their families. “We want to ask, where is the public outrage or outcry when a police officer is killed?” it asks.
Most Caribbean countries have stopped using or even seeking the death penalty for serious crimes, including murder; Belize last used it in 1985 and presently has no one on death row.
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