We received questions from some of our website readers over
the weekend regarding why the Compass gave such prominence to a story that
detailed the arrest of a man waving an imitation firearm about in central
The Royal Cayman Islands Police made a number of arrests
early Saturday morning resulting from two incidents; the other involved a
traffic stop and a real weapon in play.
In both cases, potentially disastrous and life-threatening
situations were averted by actions of the police. The officers involved in the
traffic stop – who chased down one suspect and, unarmed, wrestled a weapon away
from another – deserve our thanks and respect, for sure.
However, so too do the armed officers who restrained
themselves from taking action against the individual holding what police
initially thought to be a machine gun.
We’re not sure if members of the public fully realise just
how rare it is in most of the rest of the world for someone to confront armed
police with what officers believe to be a machine gun and live to tell the
We wonder what the public would have said if this fellow
with the bogus machine gun had been shot dead in the street? What would then
have been the general view of the officers’ actions, even though they might
have been absolutely justified?
It’s easy enough to say ‘well, it was just a fake gun’ and
leave it at that. However, in the split second that often makes the difference
between life and death in such situations, these RCIPS officers decided to wait
it out and they were rewarded.
These actions in defence of life, even of a criminal
suspect, also deserve respect and thanks; in equal measure given to those
officers involved in the traffic stop who also put their lives at risk.