Today’s Editorial March 05: Editorial misconstrued

It has come to our attention that our editorial in Monday’s edition of the Caymanian Compass has been misconstrued.

The Caymanian Compass never intended to lay blame for Friday’s fatal car wreck at the feet of the police.

Officers were doing their job.

It appears that these two paragraphs are causing great consternation:

‘We don’t know what the trio in the Dodge was doing to attract the attention of the police.

But whatever it was, it couldn’t have been bad enough to warrant the deaths of two young Caymanian men and the possible death of a third person.’

We were trying to make the point – and apparently failed miserably – that no matter what you are doing that is wrong, it can’t be bad enough for you to flee police and face possible death because of your own wrong actions.

Should the police have pursued this vehicle? Certainly, if they thought criminal activity was going on.

That’s their job. We would just like to see the policy on police chases.

We applaud the men and women of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service for the job they do day in and day out to protect and serve all of us.

It is our prayer that the people in our country take a lesson from this tragedy.

If a police cruiser approaches your car with lights and sirens pull over. Find out what they want.

Cooperate.

Show respect.

No matter what these young men were doing, it would be better for all if they had cooperated with police. Facing a trip through the legal system – if it had been warranted – is certainly better than being dead.

While Friday night’s crash was a tragedy, it could have been worse.

The speeding car was traversing one of the most travelled roadways on Grand Cayman, both by vehicles and pedestrians.

It is by the grace of God that innocent people weren’t maimed or killed.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – the police can’t solve all the crimes and stop all the speeders together. They need our help.

If you see someone speeding, get their tag number and call the RCIPS.

If you are aware of a crime, report it; even if you do it anonymously.

If police approach you for information, give it to them.

And above all, show respect to the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep all of us safe.

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