Injury to leg not life-threatening
Former Cayman Islands lawmaker and radio talk show host Frank McField was shot sometime early Thursday morning.
According to a police statement: “Shortly after 6am, police received a report that a man had been admitted to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police enquiries are ongoing.”
Mr. McField was contacted by the Caymanian Compass in his hospital bed around 8.30am Thursday via cell phone. Although he said he was in pain, Mr. McField said he was “doing a little better than he thought he would be”. The former government minister confirmed it was he who had been shot in the leg, but he could not immediately specify where the incident had happened or how he came to be shot.
Police said later in the day Thursday that they were seeking a vehicle which had dropped Mr. McField off at the hospital, possibly a black Toyota Supra.
RCIPS detectives were interviewing Mr. McField – who they have not formally identified – since his admission to hospital Thursday.
“At this stage the circumstances
around what happened, and where, are not clear,” a police statement read.
Mr. McField was being treated by doctors at the George Town Hospital on Thursday. They said he would be flown off Island in order to receive medical treatment for the gunshot wound.
Doctors said the injury had apparently shattered a bone in Mr. McField’s leg. It was not clear at press time which country he was going to be flown to.
“This is a sad commentary about the state of our country. We don’t know where it happened or who is responsible and Frank is not telling us what happened,” said the doctor’s sister, Ms Beulah McField.
Mr. McField, who is a sociologist, was philosophical about being shot in the leg.
“Well, it’s better than being shot in the head,” he said.
Local society guru
Mr. McField, even after leaving office in 2005, is perhaps one of the Cayman Islands’ most prominent social commentators and has often provided valuable insight into the criminal mind and the state of crime in the territory.
The former lawmaker has often warned conventional methods for fighting crime won’t necessarily work in a society like Cayman.
According to statements he made in this newspaper’s Compass Point Crime series earlier this year, some methods being employed are actually contributing to the worsening situation.
“As early as the 1970s, research warned the government of the day of pending social breakdowns simmering in the wake of rapid economic changes accompanied by equally swift demographic shifts which resulted in substantially increased wealth and improved education for a few – and left others a minority in their own homeland,” Mr. McField said.
The marginalised status, combined with misguided government social control policies, created alienation and “a secure base for anti-social behaviour and criminal activities”, Mr. McField said.
“This environment seeded a conscious revolt by the very people government policies were meant to contain,” he said, adding the adoption by some youths of a more urban culture emanating from Jamaica and the US was met with more effort at social control among the police, judiciary, schools and prisons.
“The inability or unwillingness of a morally-centred leadership to understand reasons for this [cultural] adoption and identification with things not Caymanian has led to many of the government social control institutions being identified as foreign, anti-Caymanian and repressive,” he said. “[For example] the police have been used to obstruct and combat the simplest form of entertainment and expression found in what are referred to as ‘sessions’.”
“The culture of silence, which has been identified by previous studies, is not the result of fear, as has been suggested, but rather a direct act of resistance.
“The greatest threat to law and order in the Cayman Islands is the result of the unnecessary conflicts between the law enforcement institutions, the judiciary rehabilitative institutions and the marginalised communities.”