21 Apr 2018

Death from Domestic Violence

Violent deaths from spousal abuse are rampant in Trinidad. Beatings, choppings, stabbings, shootings are often given as the cause of death when the media reports on domestic situations tuned fatal.

On many occasions we are also informed that the victim had reported the abuser to the police and often there is also a restraining order to ‘protect’ the victim from the abuser. But the real cause of death isn’t merely the beatings, choppings, stabbings, shootings... it’s human stupidity. Hold on... I am NOT blaming the victim at all, or even the abuser, completely here. You see, the stupidity that (for the most part) leading to the fatality comes from the police.

For some reason, police officers are inherently far more stupid than the ‘regular’ members of society, yet think themselves more intelligent than the person next to them. We all can probably relate a story or two to verify this statement.

I’ll relate one to you now. Yesterday a friend from Trinidad called me; I am in England. This friend has a protection order against her brother who is increasingly becoming more volatile, and unpredictable. She went to the police to report yet another bout of threats and referred to the protection order.

The officer in charge of the station (I forgot what rank) clearly told her words to the effect (wtte): “Ma’am, we can’t do anything. He has to commit a breach of the protection order three (3) times before we can take action.” Those were the words my friend called about; to find out if that statement was true.

Huh? The sheer stupidity of that statement astounded me and left me speechless for a few minutes. I guess the police also watch people at traffic lights and only when a person ‘breaks’ the red light 3 times, then the first arrest is made. Or when a person is caught drunk driving 3 times, then the first arrest is made. Or when caught speeding... Now we know why crime rates are so high, ent?

It is a known ‘fact’ that police treat violent domestic situations with extremely poor policing. They simply do not know the law. Or have any sense. Or they just don’t care. Perhaps it is why the upper management of the police has no fixed ‘leader’ despite 13 ‘appointments’. Or why the current recommended CoP designate is under siege for unethical behaviour.

As public servants, police officers are paid whether they work or not. So whether the officer going out on patrol, investigating incidents or just sleeping in the police station, a salary is in his/her bank account at the end of the month. So people pay twice – in taxes, and blood!