A Response to the “Enigma of Assad Shoman”
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We the people are dissatisfied that a cause of death was not certified by the pathologist in the death of 13 year old Jasmine Lowe after being informed via media that an onsite post mortem was conducted. We believe that the best results were not obtained from an onsite autopsy.
We know how critical certifying a cause of death is in ensuring a conviction in murder cases . Without a certified cause of death, it is very difficult for law enforcement and prosecutors to properly prosecute murderers to the fullest extent of the law. When the state fails to do its basic duty of certifying a cause of death, it is failing our youngest, most innocent citizens who need us. This is not the message we want to send to predators.
We the people therefore request that Jasmine Lowe’s body be exhumed and a second autopsy be performed in an effort to determine the cause of death.
by Tito Montero
I’m sick to death of hearing the old saying in Belize “When its your time…! What a bunch of rass. It is the mentality of the Police Department. In Belize, every time they have to deal with a case like this, it is a bullshit excuse for pure laziness!!!!
IT WAS NOT THIS LITTLE GIRLS TIME!!!!!!
And we need to stop thinking like this as a community and we need to demand that our public servants, POLICE, are capable of doing their job or ELSE!!!!
As long as the San Ignacio Police Department keeps up their smiling, smug, nonchalant attitude, this type of shit will continue to go on and get worse. Belize is attracting these types of criminals purely for the reason they know they wont get caught by the idiotic police that we as taxpayers waste our money on.
Enough is enough. shut down the country, burn the bridges, close the banks, stop the port. break the prime ministers door down if we have to.
If our children are not safe then we are dead as a nation!!
By Nuri Akbar
After Months of denial by the Spanish government that their national economy was imploding, they finally cease the posturing and requested financial bail out assistance. A minimum of $125 billion was needed to rescue Spain failing banking system. The nation has join the ranks of Ireland, Greece and Portugal whose economy collapse and needed financial bail out. I predict that after the summer Olympic games are over, Britain will be next to join the club of collapsing EU economies.
It is the worst and best of times for developing nation like Belize. As the old systems/structures that originally “frame” national development of former colonize territories collapse. The shifting global balance will open a “window of opportunity”, for small peripheral states to forge new path and realignment. However, this “window” of opportunity will only be beneficial to those nations who possessed leadership that seized the moment, and make a great leap forward. Those nations who exhibited recalcitrant or are too slow to make the adjustments will be devastated if not obliterated.
In an article i wrote in 2011, “The collapse of the U.S. economy and its implication for Belize” , I pointed out what the looming impact mean for Belize, and what we must do to achieve a soft landing in this global crisis. Thus far it appear we are no where near some of the decisive action necessary to avoid total catastrophe. We are essentially following the same rules and parameters set forth by a weaning global financial system. There is no radical departure from business as usual. No new dynamic approach to national development, and no new initiatives to maximize our human capital and natural resource. The clock is ticking for Belize..
By: Hubert Pipersburgh
Here we are again as a nation staring into the eye of the tiger of another full blown crisis. This time the abduction and vicious murder of the latest victim 13 year old Jasmine Lowe has triggered a firestorm in this tiny nation. Many are bewildered, confused, and downright disgusted by this latest atrocity. Tune into local TV news, radio or read the local newspapers and you are bound to be petrified by the crime wave spreading over Belize today. Whether it is a brutal shooting or rape or an unsettling spate of drive by or ride by and muggings in a neighborhood near you, violent crime seems to be dominating and sweeping across the nation. Residents are punch drunk by the daily bloodletting. Psychopaths, robbers, murderers, and law breakers in general seemingly have free reign to terrorize the populace. Indeed, it sets off shivers among those worried that the next burglar, rapist or murderer is headed their way. No one is immune, as evidence by this latest victim. The most vulnerable in such situations are always the children. Jasmine Lowe may as well be a metaphor for the unsafe environment many Belizean children are presently living in today. “They will steal anything if it is not nailed down,” exclaimed one resident, as though the certainty of it ought to be apparent to anyone.
As is to be expected the moral outrage expressed by many in the society over Jasmine Lowe’s abduction and murder is understandable. However, much of the ensuing recommendations were knee jerk and reactionary. Numerous pundits, organizations, and media houses are calling for the institution of capital punishment, public floggings, and uncompromising laws against such perpetrators. Formulating and implementing public policy under crisis mode does not make for thoughtful, rational, and viable policy implementation. Thus, our policy planners and makers must strive to formulate policy in non-crisis situations absence the emotions and scathing ricocheting rhetoric of the public. Plus, implementing policy in a calmer environment allows our lawmakers to examine all the important variables and cost benefit analysis that can lead to the relative success of the particular policy. However, at the end of the day, public policy simply boils down to what the government chooses to do or not do.
In addition, there were enough focusing events and indicators prior to this latest atrocity that suggested public safety is seriously compromise in this nation. Daniel Matura Jr., Neisa Pipersburgh, and Saidi Velez come to mind. How many more Jasmin Lowes will it take for the thought to sink in? Do the victims have to be younger and more innocent or the crime more despicable than the last for us to realize that we are in the midst of a full blown public safety crisis in Belize? The crime situation is now a problem not a condition. It can no longer be treated as an anomaly. As a people we can no longer continue to wait for this one to blow over while waiting for the next one to happen. It is now a matter of national security.
For one thing, the very integrity and credibility of this nation is now seriously being called into question. Can the state which has a fiduciary responsibility to the polity protect us? Can we rely on our law enforcement personnel to protect and serve us judiciously? Is the state tethering on fail state status? For another, these are some very vexing questions that must be answered urgently because taking the law into our own hands vigilante style is not the answer. Moreover, we must have the full confidence in the Belize Police Department (BPD) that they can do a reasonable job to provide safety for all citizens. As of now that confidence is badly shaken as many are questioning the BPD’s handling of this case their ineptness is on full display. Chief among the reasons for this no confidence in the BPD are allegations of brutality, false arrest, disappearance of key evidence, routine torture of suspects, mishandling of crime scenes, and general police misconduct and corruption. This certainly has not endeared the BPD to the public. The public look to them for leadership. People rely on law enforcement to make a difference. They are the ones trained in crime fighting techniques.
Yet, we cannot abandon the BPD and leave them to their own devices. They cannot withdraw either because the law must never succumb to the daily carnage or there will be anarchy. We must provide constructive public scrutiny and oversight in the hopes that it will galvanize that organization into providing professional policing that we can all trust and believe in. We must understand that many of the problems that land at their doorsteps represent vast social failures that the police alone will never solve. Many have sought to place the blame for the current crisis squarely on them. The contention that they aid and abet and give tacit approval to lawbreakers is not only wrong but misplace. The BPD is engaged in addressing the worst elements in our society. The least we can do is support and encourage this organization that is so vital to our collective security.
In short, Communities must get involve in organizing and being proactive in public safety. It’s painfully obvious, that relying solely on the state to take action and develop policy is not enough. Communities must play a role in forming partnerships with law enforcement and demand effective and efficient policing. Far from being marginal players Belizeans led by a silent majority’s increasing tolerance to crime, violence, and anti-social behavior has by de-facto allowed their own enslavement to this perfect storm of crime and violence. Also, politicians patrons of these garrison constituencies, it is all about politics for them, they seem oblivious to everything including the crime and violence. They do not seem to understand the moral decay of Belize’s social fabric and have no idea what really happened. As it stands, Belizeans need to do something to develop a new tolerance to crime and violence because essentially the fight against crime is a fight for freedom itself.
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