LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I believe Chakadan’s death was suicide – writer

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I believe Chakadan’s death was suicide – writer
Daniel
Daniel

NOTE: The article below is about Chakadan Daniel of Back Street, Micoud, who was discovered hanging in his cell on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at 7:40 am at the Micoud Police Station.

Like many, I was shocked to hear of the news of Chakadan.

It’s always different and hits a nerve when it is someone we know. If the person is unknown then we are sometimes numb to any deep feelings of regret or sadness. I grew up with Chakadan. We lived next door to each other for the longest. I hung out with his brothers who were closer to my age, so believe me when I say that this one does strike a nerve.

Unlike many who say that it was deserved, I definitely do not share in this belief. Yes, He may have been “troublesome” which is definitely an understatement for his sometimes disturbing behaviour; however, he was still a human being and deserved to be treated as such. As of now, pending an autopsy report, which may or may not reveal otherwise, I believe that Chakadan’s death was suicide.

It is easy to blame someone else when death comes to a loved one. It makes the pain more bearable when we are not responsible, when we are able to direct our grief and anger at someone else. In an accident, we blame the driver, or the party who was “wrong”. It is easy then to channel all our feelings or grief, hatred and disgust to the offending party, in a bid to gain some form of closure.

“You killed my [Insert loved one]”  It is different when we are the ones to be blamed. When that incriminating finger is pointed at us, it makes it harder to come to grips with the fact that YOU were the one responsible. In that regard, I believe that WE, myself included, failed Chakadan. The warning signs were there, but we failed to perhaps do something to steer him on the right path.

I’ve read numerous posts condemning the police, people who said they spoke to him, but not one mentioned any point in time when they advised him to turn himself in to the police after he escaped lawful custody and assaulted a female police officer, in his bid to escape, kicking her multiple times, and stepping on her in the process.

That officer was my cousin, but hey, “She’s a police officer so it’s OK to assault police officers because “they’re worse than the criminals and corrupt.” I heard ZERO words of outrage from either his family or “friends” who are only now coming out and showing support. No one called the said police officer to inquire about her wellbeing. It was all business as usual because the victim was a police officer.

Again, I’m not condoning murder. If this is what the autopsy results reveal, then whoever is responsible should be prosecuted; however, I’m condemning each one of US who perhaps saw the warning signs and did nothing, or  failed to give sound advice when presented with the chance and in so doing tacitly endorsed behaviour which led to this sad day… RIP Chaka.

UJ

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  1. I know this web site provides quality based articles or reviews and other stuff,
    is there any other site which offers these kinds of stuff in quality?

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  2. How u can open ur mouth and say u hate police,they are ther to protect and serve u ,without u and other would have been dead ,dey are der and ppl still gettin killed,rob and rape, think of a country without police wat would happen,I bet wen the bOy was alive ,the u were the same Ones wishin for some one tO kill him,he beat up a police officer and escape,dat is good enought punishment for him,u play wit fire u get burnt,put ur self in the officers place ,wouldn't u want justic,he was jus a walkin disaster waitin to happen,a young boy at dat age beatin up and officer and escapin ,wat example are we settin,it like tellin others dey can do the same and get away wit it,his mother ,father should have brought him in ,but dey choose to hide him,to me dat encouragin ur child to do wrong,u are tellin him it is rite to do the crime and don't serve time,without the police trust me ppl would kill each other for just lookin at dem funny

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  3. Well if they did not do it y would he kill his self un noing he will be at cort wensday un spoke to his mom about it open urll eyes ppl police can do anything we where not deh to see so we can't judge them in my mind is them cause they beat him for da police woman um frot da licks will pay them back not noing he die of bad beating I rest my case

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  4. I no dat it was the police who killed shaka and I belive is them if he was my bro I won't be talking I would look for da police that came un take him at his father home da lady dat clean da cell he was in and take all to justis cause police can do anything to us un get away with it and I hate police if I was the mother I puting all those dat had him un beat him to go mad fuck wat ppl say or think my son will be gone and police still alive eating and drinking omg they would have to kill me to I wish all popo will die

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  5. what has my country become? persons who should uphold the law,are now down grading the system...ITS HIGH TIME THAT STATIONS HAVE CAMERA.if that cell had a camera today peter would not pay for Paul.THE DAY CAMERAS ARE PLACE IN THOSE POLICE STATIONS CRIME RATE WILL DECREASE!

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  6. I guess what the writer is saying is that if you assault a police officer then you are automatically committing suicide because the police will kill you.

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  7. I am at a lost with this letter. On what basis can the person who penned this letter, say that the his death was suicide? I am reading this letter in the hopes that something the individual would say would shed some light on why he/she thought that the death was indeed suicide, but it looks like he just pulled his belief out of thin air.

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    • i don't support any acts of crime against humanity .those individuals responsible for setting a church on fire and causing harm to others wasn't adhering to the basic principles of Rastafarian teachings or belief .

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  8. If he assaulted a police officer the casa is solved.i think the police officer lost their cool when he was recaptured an unintentionally he past.Sad situation but it smell of manslaughter.

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  9. This was a wasted read. Misled by the title....You would think some form of reasoning would come out about why the author feels that it was suicide. There goes another few mins of my life lost forever......

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    • After I wrote my comment, I am scrolling down the comments section and I am seeing your comment...LOL! I am yet to see the rationale for this letter....smh

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  10. There were other ways the law could have dealt with Shaka, but that does not mean he had to die that way.......if the police did it in truth, they gotta be sued.....choopse.

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  11. In your story you said, "It is easy to blame someone else when death comes to a loved one. It makes the pain more bearable when we are not responsible, when we are able to direct our grief and anger at someone else." If this autopsy comes back showing it was not a suicide, is it safe to say that this is how your cousin is feeling? That this person may have died due to the beating that was done to her. And it is easy to categorize this as a suicide? Alot of these "troublesome" boys do alot of things but it is hard to belive that a suicide is one of them.

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  12. No points are included as to why he may have took his own life. "To be forgiven, one must first forgive". You my friend have not forgiven this departed soul.

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  13. You sound like you're trying to justify his death irrespective of the outcome of the autopsy. This letter explains why the police were behaving an aggresive behavior, basically, "a female officer got assaulted so retaliation came swift. Lets wait for the results, sorry about the female officer that was assaulted, hopes she makes a speedy recovery but Shakadan can no longer do the same.

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  14. YOU BELIEVE WHAT!!! Well I believe you are trying to muddy the waters. You have not given any reason why you think the young man may have commited suicide your ramblings seem to me, well, I BELIEVE THAT you are either a police person or sympathiser. let the investigations take its course. Sorry about your cousin, but she is not on a piece of marble. in the morgue
    in any event the young man had been arrested for that act and you know what the law provides for that kind of offence, assaulting a police officer, carries a stiff penalty, but I do not think that it is summary EXECUTION. I think the time has come for us to deal with police brutality in a firm manner. this has been a festering sofre in the force for too long.

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