The numerous escapes from this station by violent criminals has put the incompetence and corruption of the police force on display for the world to see. It is a microcosm of what is wrong with all government run agencies.
- In September 2008 Omar Smith escaped after being left unattended.
- In September 2009, there was a huge fracas complete with radio bulletins, apparently there was another escape, only to have the prison found in his cell. Seems the prisoner fell asleep and did not respond to his name during roll call and was left…. unattended.
- On May 4th 2010 two prisoners chained together walked out of the station after reportedly taking a bathroom break. Controversy erupted after one prisoner was said to be shot execution style while trying to surrender. One officer was fired and another charged for apparently aiding in the escapes. No word on the alleged execution of the escapee.
- On June 5th 2010, Wesley Forest arrested in connection with stolen vehicles escaped during a bathroom break, was recaptured and then released on 2,000.00 bail.
And least you think this station is the exception, don’t forget Melvin Maycock senior who disappeared from police custody at the Elizabeth Station and was replaced by his son with the help of corrupt officers.
How about the fact that you can get out of a ticket by purchasing an officer “lunch” or police officers caught on tape in strip club in their uniforms or alleged execution of escape convict or payoffs by numbers houses or or or or
These incidents are indicative of the slackness and corruption of the police force. Before we can hope to address crime in a serious manner we need to ensure that we have a highly trained professional police force.