Phillips, Peter D_ 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 Jamaica: OPED: The Imminent CatastropheSun, 02 Dec 2007
Source:Jamaica Gleaner, The (Jamaica) Author:Phillips, Peter D. Area:Jamaica Lines:148 Added:12/03/2007

The brutal slaying of one student by another at my old school, Jamaica College, last week, followed by the horrifying shooting of an assistant commissioner of police and a constable, highlight once again the tragic extent to which violence and antisocial behaviour have taken hold of the society. Murders, shootings, gang conflicts on our streets and in our schools sadly have become everyday occurrences for some time now.

Understandably, among a populace terrified and fearful of the threat of apparently random and unpredictable violence, extreme solutions are being called for. Some call for the police to be even more extreme and violent in their response to the criminals. In this view they call for those police officers with the reputation of being the most violent to be elevated to positions of control. The call for execution, legal or extra-legal, of criminals is part of this demand for the ever-increasing application of official violence which is driven by our collective experience of terror.

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