The Jamaica Gleaner today published a remarkably downbeat little editorial about the murder of cross-dresser Dwayne Jones and the firebombing of the house where he used to live.
Implicitly, it challenges the police to take action. Explicitly, it predicts that injustice will prevail:
Nothing has, so far, come of the murder of Dwayne Jones, the drag queen who was beaten, stabbed and shot by a mob at a dance in St James.
Frankly, we expect nothing to come of Mr Jones’ murder. And not only because of the police’s general incompetence in solving crime, reflected in a ‘clear-up’ rate of under 40 per cent for homicides.
Rather, Mr Jones was gay. That is likely to mean his case having even less attention.
Earlier this week, the house where Mr Jones lived, which was occupied by other gay men, was firebombed. Like with the Jones incident, we don’t expect much.
It would be good for the police to surprise us by actually doing something.
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- Transgendered Jamaican Teen Brutally Beaten, Shot by Mob (newser.com)
- Jamaica: Female role in mob murder of teen cross-dresser (76crimes.com)
- Jamaica: Gay men flee firebombed house; police reject plea (76crimes.com)
- Jamaica needs urgent action to save LGBT people’s lives (76crimes.com)
- Jamaican police claim equal danger faces gays, straights (76crimes.com)
- Another homophobic attack in Jamaica (76crimes.com)
- Another anti-gay mob attacks in Jamaica. Why?? (76crimes.com)
- Jamaica: I failed Oshane Gordon. I will not fail Dwayne Jones. (76crimes.com)