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.