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Shameful, scandalous and disgraceful

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Everything in Jamaica seems tuned to politics these days. The case of Constable Lorenzo McLeggon goes well beyond politics, it is a State matter that shows our country in the worst light.

Since this patriot's near fatal injury while protecting the citizens from the animals that walk upright and call themselves humans, some 40-plus years ago, the Government has changed several times.

Governments from both the People's National Party and Jamaica Labour Party should hang their heads in shame. The present Administration should take immediate steps to provide the best medical attention that this patriot deserves. In addition, the present Administration should provide this man a decent monthly income and make it retroactive to the date of his injury.

The picture of Constable McLeggon living in sub-human conditions is disgraceful. Imagine, this man put his life on the line, and all the Government, in whose service he fell, gives is less than US$0.50 cents per day for sustenance.

This is shameful, scandalous and disgraceful.

If those who rose up and declared war on the State are judged to get compensation for “collateral” damage, then Constable McLeggon deserves much more.

Provisions should be made in the budget to provide adequate assistance to all members of the forces, military as well as the police, who are injured in the line of duty.

Louis Alexander Hemans

Hyattsville, MD, USA

lahemans@aol.com

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