Police/Military brutality is wrong. It’s morally wrong. It costs us the families and taxpayers much hurt, misery and and a lot of money.
It’s not an effective tool for preventing or reducing crime. Even if Teleni, the superficial Police Commish and Aiyass refuse to look at what happened to Baleiloa as a crime, it is still a fact that police/military brutality is still a crime.
Before the combined beatings endured by the now dead CRW soldiers Selesitano Kalounivale, Jone Davui, Epineri Bainimoli and Lagani Rokowaqa in 2000, ..... and the now-dead civilians Baleiloa, Rabaka, Malasebe, Verebasaga in 2007 and 2008 at the hands of policemen dressed like military or military dressed like police , I assumed that the apologists for and proponents of police/military brutality were merely maladjusted. Now, I’m not sure.
It seems there is a loud and dysfunctional minority in Fiji that actively supports this type of thuggish behaviour.
These supporters of thuggery could not care less about the truth of any incident even though they come out with some kind of "politically correct" statement every now and then ... Shyster Shameem, Father Arms, Aiyass Khaiyum, Archbishop Mataca, Akuila Yabaki , and the FLP are all in this shameful boat.
- Shyster Shameem started this trend of supporting illegal and criminal behaviour in Fiji with her justification of Baini's coup .
- Father Arms recommended that
“As the military regime was more or less acting outside the Constitution, the NCBBF should take the opportunity to push through the electoral reforms and amend the Constitution, by taking advantage of the military authority and ignoring the legal constitutional requirements for making such changes”.
- Archbishop Mataca got into bed with terrorists when he also didn't say anything when these people got bashed or killed. What does his silence say to us his flock?
- Aiyass Khaiyum as superficial iI-AG can't see anything wrong with Teleni NOT WANTING to investigate treason charges , calling the laying of charges "a stunt".
- Akuila Yabaki pipes up every now and then but still urges us to "move the country forward" nevermind about any immorality involved ! What is the good reverend drinking ???
- The FLP's Jo Cabbage supported the idea of a military coup right from the beginning, and Chaudry, well we all know he's just a political lout anyway.
Some have advanced the theory that Rabaka was smoking marijuana when he was beaten by police, and that this somehow justifies the way he was treated. Others say that since the Baleiloa was a hardened criminal , he had it coming.
Whatever, police/army personnel are supposed to be trained to make arrests without punching offenders in the face, neck and body repeatedly and damaging internal body organs.
Still, the pro-brutality crowd is not going to let facts stop them from believing what they want to believe.
These people make excuses for brutish behaviour no matter what.
One grog-swiping group theory holds that the pro-brutality crowd harbor resentment because these people either as a group or as individuals did them wrong at some point. Maybe.
I’m not particularly interested in trying to understand the pro-brutality crowd or understand why they support the authorities abusing the rights of individuals.
I categorize them with alcoholics or people addicted to cigarettes.
When they want to get help they can be helped.
Until then, talking to them is a waste of time; no amount of logical rhetoric is going to change their minds.
As Jonathan Swift wrote, "It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into."
I am concerned about the people that are influenced by the pro-brutality loudmouths.
Most people in every day life don’t devote a whole lot of their thinking to politics or government issues. They think about everyday things like their friends, jobs, money, families, church, etc.
The people that think about politics and government mostly think about what the everyday media outlets cover: national and international issues.
In my corner of the world, most people go along with what they perceive to be the experts and the majority - it is their form of decision making. Everybody does it on issues they can’t or don’t devote much mental energy to.
But the loud minority that condone illegal and ruffian-like behaviour should be treated as outcasts by people of decency.
The pro-brutality crowd does not have a vision for providing effective policing. They merely want the system to be more retributive preferring to see wrongdoers taught a lesson through pointless force. (The same school of thought translates to the methods by which the so called Peoples Charter is being shoved down our throats). .... Force-line.
This doesn’t prevent or reduce crime.
It’s using delinquent activity to clarify and amplify the military's social hierarchy, and to justify their continuous abrogations and arrogations of the law . It’s not good for investment. And it costs us our moral and monetary hide.
The Police and the Army in Fiji now have serious issues. Both these authorities have a very unhealthy climate .
The bad decisions and illogical reasoning behind the scenes have seriously corroded good order and discipline in the department. Police/army brutality and other problems are a symptom of the lack of moral hygiene and discipline in the land.
We are now paying for these bad decisions. The average citizen & taxpayer who would rather think about how to pay the coming bills and what to do for food on the weekend is going to have to devote a small amount of mental energy to understanding the problems facing the authorities that are supposed to protect us from the next death.
For the next death could be you.
Understanding these issues is necessary for us to get past the shrillness of the advocates of brutality and deal with the question of whether law and order still exists in Fiji, and whether we appreciate it enough to fight for it's continued existence.
RIP Josefa !