Minister of Social Care warns authorities not to put civility to the test
While the family of Selwyn Knight who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer awaits word from the Director of Public Prosecutions, a Government minister is warning authorities that they should not take the civility of relatives for granted.
Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett, who is also the Member of Parliament for the St Michael Central constituency, sounded that warning as he joined the Knight family of Queen Mary Road, Bank Hall in calling for justice to be served.
Blackett, the Knight family, neighbours and others participated in a candle light vigil this evening on the hard court situated at the end of Dash Gap, just a short distance from where the deceased was killed.
“I want to say that I agree with peacefulness and the civility that have been exhibited by the people as we protest and what we are having here.
But what the authorities should not do is to put that civility to the test or put that peacefulness to the test because sometimes there is a breaking point,” he told the gathering.
Blackett, who is familiar with the Knight family, offered his condolences on behalf of the Government to relatives as they mourn the loss of the 57-year-old who died on the spot after he was gunned down as he and his 27-year-old son Junior chased a burglar.
Meanwhile, former parliamentarian Reverend Joseph Atherley, who offered a word of prayer, told the gathering that as they sought justice, they should look to God for not only comfort to their grieving souls, but also guidance in that effort.
The scores assembled applauded as the reverend reminded them that while God was a merciful God, he was also a God of justice.
“We can call upon God for justice and expect it. I applaud your call for justice today. It may take a while, but it must come and we must ensure that it comes. Processes must be gone through, investigations must be carried out, queries must be made, reports must be submitted and assessments of those reports done, if it is not followed by justice, then we as a people again are proved to be victims of our civility,” he said.
Knight’s wife Marleen was tearful and emotional throughout the journey as family members supported her. However, her niece Shantel Mayers was very vocal that she was seeking justice as she led the protest.
“We want justice because an innocent life was taken for just protecting his home and his son was shot in the back twice. We want the killer to come forward and give over himself …..,” Mayers said.
During the brief, but reflective ceremony, there were also presentations of song, poetry and spoken word by Simon Pipe and DJ Simmonds.