It was just a fleeting impression
one got, driving up to West Bay from George Town Wednesday afternoon. But it
was a strong one.
This isn’t the Cayman Islands
On West Bay Road, right off Public
Beach five police cars were stopped – checking the ID’s of drivers leaving the
district of West Bay.
Just a bit further up the road
officers had blocked one of the main arteries into West Bay. At the roadblock,
a woman wept, begging police to let her through. The officers attempted to
comfort her while keeping curious on-lookers away.
At Batabano Plaza, dozens of people
gathered around in the middle of the afternoon. A body lay just a few hundred
feet away – and everyone knew it was there, even the children who were standing
at the fence line of the shopping centre with their parents.
On one street corner a police
commander embraced a teary-eyed resident. On the next block down, angry words
were being spoken about what would happen as a result of this shooting.
All around the crime scene,
neighbours and friends spoke in hushed voices about what they’d heard, who the
victim was, why this had happened.
In short, this was a homicide scene
that might have occurred in any other country. It’s a scene veteran police
officers have probably been through hundreds of times – just part of life in
countries like the US, the UK, Jamaica, or Mexico.
But this is not one of those
countries, is it? Have we reached the point here that broad daylight killings
in the street are to be accepted as the new way of life?
Those who hold power in the country
must now take stock of the situation and answer that question.
Time is running out.