21 Apr 2012

Publicity Hound

The news is rife with articles, sound bites and video clips on the arrest of Ian Alleyne. Bloggers have weighed in with their bits as well. Now I deliberately did not comment on this issue for two reasons; (a) I am currently battling a terrible eye ‘infection’ that is making it difficult to see, and (b) I didn’t think Ian Alleyne worthy of a comment from me.

I however, comment, not on Ian Alleyne per se, but rather on the circumstances leading up to and surrounding this event, and the law as it applies.

Note that Ian Alleyne (and the television station) first broadcasted the video in question several months ago. Since then, Alleyne has been "wanted" by the police for questioning. According to the police, he has resisted all requests to come in for questioning. As a last resort, and shortly before the statute of limitations runs out , the police have been forced to arrest him. In that video clip, prior to the arrest we both see and hear Alleyne and his attorney promise full cooperation. Yet at the moment the police met him, he chose to resist arrest (thereby putting on a show for the cameras and for the spectators at the gates).

I do not fault the police for arresting him. They are well within the law to do so. What could have been handled differently, is that Alleyne should not have been given any opportunity (whatsoever) to gallery for the cameras and public. His arrest should have been done quickly, put into a waiting vehicle, and taken along to the nearest police station. Instead, we see him in handcuffs, being given full opportunity to speak to supporters at the gate, and rolling on the ground and on car bonnets putting on an excellent show. In light of this, the dunceys deserve every iota of bad publicity that they receive at this point.

Secondly, those who accosted the police officer (inclusive of the press) should be charged under the Riot Act, and also any other applicable statute.

I am yet to see that the television station responsible for airing the video being sanctioned in any way. Ian Alleyne alone did not broadcast a video. It is a collective effort of many persons and the ultimate responsibility lies with the  head of the station. Editors and producers may have some level of input, but final responsibility lies at the top. Since the statute of limitations run out on Monday, something has to occur over the weekend, or else the station is in the clear.

Getting back to one often mentioned point, should Ian Alleyne have been arrested at some place other than the television station? I have a one word response,"why?".  The location of the arrest is at the discretion of the police. End of story. One has to remember that the publicity surrounding this incident was created by Alleyne, Lalla (his attorney) and the TV station. They had broadcasted news of the arrest prior to the actual arrest. Was there need to do so? I think not, but once again, it shows the hound that is Ian Alleyne seeking to milk publicity. It’s good for the ratings, after all.

Oddly enough, shortly after his arrest, he suffered from chest pains, and is taken to hospital. More publicity? More than likely but it is purely conjecture on my part. Look out for gallivanting in front of the cameras for public sympathy and ‘fame’. An attempt to martyr himself for a cause he (and anyone else) is yet to identify.